Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar, Aparshakti Khurrana, Girish Kulkarni
Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Producers: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Siddharth Roy
Writers: Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas
Jain, Nikhil Mehrotra
What's Yay: Superlative performances, brilliant
direction, crisp writing, nail-biting wrestling sequences
What's Nay: We wished we could get to see some
more shades to Sakshi Tanwar's role in the film.
Popcorn Refill: Strictly Interval
The Iconic Moment: SPOILER ALERT! When Aamir
Khan's Mahavir and his daughter Geeta played by Fatima Sana Shaikh
engage in a wrestling, which is one of the major turning points in
Plot: Former Indian wrestler Mahavir Phogat
(Aamir Khan) longs for a male child who he believes could win a
gold medal for India in wrestling on an international level. But,
fate has some other plans in store for him as his wife is blessed
with a baby girl for the fourth time.
A dejected Mahavir gears up to bid good-bye to his
long-harboured dream. However, the awareness of gender parity dawns
on him when his daughters Geeta (Zaira Wasim) and Babita (Suhani
Bhatnagar) during their growing years beat two neighbourhood boys
black and blue after they pass snide comments at the two
'Maari chhoriyan chhoron se kam hai kya', boosts the
father to his wife as he suddenly realizes that 'Gold toh gold
hota hai ... chora laave ya chori'.
But 'Medal ped pe nahi ugtey...unhe banana padta hai...pyaar
se, mehnat se, lagan se'. Thus, begins the journey of a man
and his two daughters who refuse to bow down to the patriarchy
society and give in to the prejudices associated with females
taking up wrestling as a sport.
However, the path to glory isn't a bed of roses especially when
your focus towards your goal takes a backseat and you also have an
arrogant national coach to deal with.
Direction: Nitesh Tiwari's Dangal revolves
around the theme of wrestling and tells the tale of triumph against
all odds and so did Salman Khan's Sultan which released earlier
this year. But that's the only common thing between the two.
Treatment wise, both the films are different as chalk and
The director who gave us the lovable Chillar Party and the
not-so-memorable Bhootnath Returns shoulders the great
responsibility of depicting the story of real life courage and
balances it quite efficiently.
Dangal is intense yet it never loses its touch of well-blended
humor and you don't let your eyes blink even once when the
choreographed-yet-so-real wrestling sequences unfold on the screen.
Kudos to Tiwari's engrossing story-telling coupled with some witty
and inspirational liners!
Performances: There's a reason why Aamir Khan
is called Mr Perfectionist and for those who have a doubt about it,
Dangal is your answer. At a time when most of our actors are quite
fussy about how they look onscreen, here's a man who doesn't mind
flaunting his heavy belly and snow-white grizzled beard for most
part of the film. Let me tell you, he's the same one who long ago
gave men a reason to hit the gym for 'eight pack abs'. This year we
even saw one more Khan, (Shahrukh Khan) playing his age and not
shying away from flaunting his grey streaks in Dear Zindagi.
Indeed, Bollywood has 'grown' up to see changing times!
In Dangal, there are several instances where Aamir let the girls
steal away the show from him but still manages to leave a
thundering impact. That's when you realize that the film is made up
of moments where when a character takes the lead, the other one
isn't reduced to a mere shadow.
Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar who play young Geeta and Babita
are sheer brilliance. Be it their struggle to deal with their
'Haanikaarak Bapu' who wants to keep his girls away from all sorts
of distractions which include gol-gappas and long mane or be it
their sibling bonding, the duo display a feisty
Fatima Sana Shaikh who essays the role of older Babita sinks her
teeth deep into her role and passes with flying colors as a girl
who fights against all the odds to make her nation proud at the
Commonwealth Games 2010.
Sanya Malhotra's role might not be as meaty as Fatima but that
doesn't deter her from putting up an impressive act.
Sakshi Tanwar lends good support but we wished that we could
have got to see some more layers to her character in the
Aparshakti Khurrana attracts your attention in his Bollywood
debut as he never fails to make you laugh at his
Girish Kulkarni shines as the arrogant national coach who
suffers from pangs of jealousy and longs to be in the
Technical Aspects: Dangal manages to keep you
hooked from the word go and Ballu Saluja's sharp editing makes it a
taut watch despite of having a run-time of about 160
Sethu Sriram's alternately light and low light cinematography
lends an interesting touch to the flick.
Music: Haanikaarak Bapu with its funky lyrics
strike a chord. Dhakkad and Dangal title song makes up for an edgy
hear. The rest of the songs are passable.
Verdict: Aamir Khan's latest outing has its heart at the right place coupled with stellar performances and engrossing narrative. Book your tickets quickly before the Phogat sisters say 'Ab Dangal shuru' or else you will miss all the action and one of the best films of 2016!