Decoding the dire need of a film like Dangal…
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Well, someone had to step in and up the ante for the support of sports in India. Aamir Khan and his troupe of power-packed girls shoulder the responsibility of doing just that!
In a country where a career in sports can still remain a distant dream for many, Dangal does phenomenally well to bring it closer.
A relentless father Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan) and his two gritty daughters Geeta (Fatima Sana Shaikh) and Babita (Sanya Malhotra), Dangal tells the hard-fought tale of these small town girls and their path breaking contribution to women’s sports in India.
Taking a real life story, director Nitesh Tiwari develops it into a technically seamless sports film. Enhancing the film’s tone is some witty and versatile writing by Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Mehrotra – it embodies the father-daughter relationship.
Sakshi Tanwar (mother) and Riwik Sahore (cousin) inject a sense a calm into a movie otherwise high on emotions and adrenalin.
Aamir Khan leads from the front with four cherished newcomers Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar, Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh. The girls draw raw energy and commitment to reflect the art of professional wrestling on screen. It is standout through the film.
Dangal is bound to overwhelm audiences and win hearts, but never forget Geeta Phogat, Babita Phogat and all the other sporting heroes who have paved way and climbed the ladder of Indian Sports with all the odds stacked up against them.
No further words are needed to go watch the brilliance of Dangal. But there is a deep-rooted message in this compelling sports story that is far bigger than these supremely talented actors: Support Sports in India – for men, women and children.
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped
At the Commonwealth Games 2010, Geeta Phogat brought home India’s first ever gold medal in wrestling while her sister Babita Phogat brought home a Silver.
Babita Phogat went on to win the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2014.