Rating : 4/5 Stars (Four Stars)
Starring : Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh
Directed by: Nitesh Tiwari
Produced by: Aamir Khan,Kiran Rao,Siddharth Roy Kapur
Written by: Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain
What’s Good: Aamir Khan’s powerhouse performances and an incredible script.
What’s Bad: Some portions where the film lets you down slightly is towards the end. An unnecessary cinematic twist in the climax.
Story Line :
Aamir Khan is playing the role of National level wrestling champion Mahavir Singh Phoghat who is forced to give up his sporting dream to earn a livelihood for his family. His only dream is to see his son fulfil his wish of winning a Gold medal for India. [ Read Also : New Release : Watch Sunny Leone’s Sizzling Dance Movies In Laila Main Laila Song With SRK From Raees ]
While Mahavir is hoping for a son, fate has something else planned for him as his wife (Sakshi Tanwar) gives birth to four daughters. A heartbroken Mahavir, gives up on his dream with no son in the picture.
After picking a fight with local lads, Mahavir’s elder daughters, Geeta (Zaira Wasim) and Babita (Suhani Bhatnager) hit the boys black and blue. After receiving complaints from their family, Mahavir realizes that his daughters are no less than boy and starts to train them for wrestling.
Young girls Geeta and Babita unhappy with their new way of life and even try to get out of it. Soon they are trained enough to take on the boys at a local Dangal where Geeta starts to win against the best of trained male wrestlers. [ Read Also : New Release: 2nd Trailer Of Kaabil | Emotional Bond Between Hrithik & Yami ]
Thus begins Geeta and Babita’s journey from State to National to finally the Commonwealth Games.
Star Performance :
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.
Sakshi Tanwar as Mahavir’s wife is a perfect choice for the role. She emotes extremely good and is a delight in the scene where she stubbornly tells her husband that no meat (chicken) will be cooked in her kitchen. [ Read Also : Aamir Khan : Demonetization Didn’t Affect My Life Much ]
Now we talk about the young girl, Zaira Wasim as Geeta is absolutely stunning. She is a revelation with all that confidence in her act. She pulls off the wrestling bits too with great effort and looks highly convincing.
Suhani Bhatnagar, the young Babita too does an equally good job.
Also, Ritwik Sahore as Mahavir’s young nephew is a delight.
Fatima Sana Sheikh as grown-up Geeta is splendid. She clearly has undergone immense training for this role and hence pulls off the wrestling extremely well. In one of the scenes, she is shown to be wrestling with Mahavir and Fatima excels in that one.
Sanya Malhotra as Babita does not get a big chunk since the story focuses on Geeta’s journey more, yet she puts up a great performance. Malhotra looks confident and gives a tight debut. [ Read Also : Aamir Khan : I Have An Interesting Character In Secret Superstar ]
Aparshakti Khurrana (Ayushmann Khurrana’s brother), does a great job as Mahavir’s grown-up nephew. His comic timing is spot on.
Girish Kulkarni is seen as the coach in the film. I felt that the actor has much more talent and Tiwari limits him to a cliched role in this film.
Direction & Music :
Nitesh Tiwari, who known for his films like Bhoothnath and Chillar Party. The director’s first attempt at a sports biographical drama with Dangal turns out highly successful and a great script is what he can surely be thankful of.
The wrestling competition scenes have been shot so well that you are hooked to it, cheering Geeta as though it is the real Geeta Phoghat. [ Read Also : Tusshar Kapoor Shares A Cute Pic. Of Son Laksshay ]
One has to credit Tiwari for getting the audience hooked to sport that’s not Cricket, considering the Indian mindset. The final matches are actual nail-biters and you thoroughly enjoy every dhobi-pachad move of Fatima.
Pritam’s music blends excellently in the film. Dangal title track is an energy booster and Haanikaarak Bapu is really awesome.
Final Word :
Must-watch! Don’t miss it, Dangal is a rightly done sports drama inspired from a real story. Also sends out a strong feminist message. [ Read Also : New Release : Enjoy Dangal’s Full Songs Jukebox Here ]
Watch The Trailer Here: