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(U) (2016)



2 hrs 41 mins

55  Audience Reviews

218 Ratings

Release Date

23 Dec 2016
Critics Reviews Audience Reviews Updated: January 02, 2017 10:53 AM IST

Dangal Review

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 cheese.

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!

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.

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!

Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal is highly gripping and transitions smoothly from being a sports drama to an emotional one. The inspiring tale of Mahavir and his daughters is narrated in such a way that you laugh, cry and at some point even make sure you root for these characters right till the end.

Aamir Khan’s physical transformation had been the most we had heard about his role in Dangal and practically, that’s the least one will focus on in the film. Why? He skillfully fits into the character of Mahavir and yes with all that physical change, we rarely see him to be Aamir Khan. This is easily his best performance in the recent years. Also, its commendable how gracefully the actor takes a side step here and let’s the story and the girls in the film take the center stage.

Dangal is inspiring, emotional and spellbinding. It is a ‘Dhakad’ film and a perfect end for 2016!

Director and co-screenwriter Nitesh Tiwari does not shy away from resorting to touches of sentimentality, but he keeps a tight rein on the flow of emotions as a tenacious father and his daughters navigate a treacherous social terrain steeped in deep-rooted patriarchy, gender prejudice and rural orthodoxy.

Dangal is the kind of sports film that usually eludes Bollywood. It knows the rules inside and out and meticulously plays by them without ever succumbing to dreary predictability.

Dangal is a film that will pin you down and keep you in its grip all the way through.

In the story department, Dangal offers few surprises because Geeta and Babita's historic wins at the Commonwealth Games and following championships are common knowledge. However, this screen adaptation serves as a recap of their arduous journey and it vigorously recaptures their stubborn father's resolve to make them professional wrestlers against the odds. Since it encapsulates the historic wins of the Phogats, who brought India glory, the film is also bound to inspire more women to seriously consider kushti as a sport.

Director Nitesh Tiwari, along with Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Mehrotra should be complimented for their tongue-in-cheek quality, peppered with humour and several poignant father-daughter emotions all through. Of course, a little bit is lost in translation because of the Haryanvi twang. But, messages on our obsession with the male child (prevalent since the dark ages), myopic stand on bringing up our daughters and the administration’s pathetic disposition towards sports, are loud and clear.

Demonetisation be damned, watch Dangal.


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