- Casting: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar, Aparshakti Khurrana, Vivan Bhatena, Girish Kulkarni
- Director: Nitesh Tiwari
- Positive Points: Dangal just owns the heart at the right place of the film. The power-packed performances of all the actors and an incredible script are enough to fell for the movie.
- Negative Points: At certain times, you may feel slightly down about this movie. Even sometimes the cinematic twists towards the end of the film may seem unnecessary.
- Dangal: Storyline
Based on a true story, the central character is Mahavir Singh Phoghat (Aamir Khan) who is a national level wrestling champion. Unfortunately, he had to thwart his sporting dream for earning money for his family. Now, he has only one dream that his son will bring a Gold medal for India.
On one hand, Mahavir is earnestly craving for a son. On the other hand, his wife (Sakshi Tanwar) gives birth of their four daughters. Mahavir was so heartbroken that he gives up his single dream of winning a gold medal.
When his daughters are growing up, the elder daughters involve in a fight with the local lads. There Geeta (Zaira Wasim) and Babita (Suhani Bhatnager) beat the boys and leave them injured. When Mahavir gets to know from the complaints of the boys’ family, he realizes that his daughters have all the powers as men have and therefore he starts their wrestling training.
But their father’s endeavor to make them wrestlers does not make the young girls happy and they keep no stone unturned to get out of it. However, they put their hard work and are trained enough to defeat the boys at a local Dangal. Thus the jouney of Geeta starts by winning against the best trained male wrestlers.
From here, the film depicts the journey of Geeta and Babita to state level, national level and finally the Commonwealth Games.
- Dangal: Script Analysis
The director Nitesh Tiwari designs the script of Dangal in a way of highly gripping so that the transformation from a sports drama to an emotional film is really praiseworthy. In fact, while telling the inspiring story and the ups and downs of Mahavir and his daughters’ life, we feel like laughing, crying and sometimes conjugated with those characters till the end.
The first half of Dangal is quite striking and almost flawless. The way Tiwari makes us so attached with the struggle of Geeta and Babita for sacrificing their childhood and teenage funs to become trained wrestlers is just incredible.
From second half, the film gets into more cinematic style. With their growing age, the girls face new issues to tackle. In second half, Geeta competes in many wrestling competition whether her father is not with her as her coach. She gets the freedom to stay away from her family and she is gradually carried away to the normalcy of life which is good to watch.
- Dangal: Star Performance
For a long time, we have been hearing about the physical transformation of Aamir Khan as the core topic of Dangal. But the fact is that it is the least important topic of Dangal. Of course, he has perfectly got into the character of Mahavir with all his physical fitness. But if we focus on his overall performance, we must salute him as performing in one of the best roles in the recent days. Hats off to Aamir Khan who has gracefully taken a side step in the story to let his girls come in the center!
Sakshi Tanwar proves that she is the best choice for Mahavir’s wife. She perfectly emotes and delights as per the requirement of her role.
Now we are coming to the younger actors – both Zaira Wasim as Geeta and Suhani Bhatnagar as Babita do extremely well as they reveal their role with all confidence.
Then comes the grown-up Geeta means Fatima Sana Sheikh who marvelously does her job. The film is the proof how much immense training and hard work she had to put for portraying her character as a wrestler.
Since the story focuses on the journey of Geeta, Sanya Malhotra as Babita cannot get big chance. However, within shorter span, she has made a matured debut.
- Dangal: Direction
We are known to Nitesh Tiwari for his work on Bhootneth and Chillar Party. Dangal is the first attempt as a director on the sports biography based movie. And we must say that his attempt will definitely get high level of success. He has handled the storyline with ease. In certain scenes, Tiwari ensures that his camera verbalizes the scenes more than the dialogues. One such scene is where Geeta and Babita have to chop their hair while their mother helplessly weeps for her husband’s will.
All the wrestling scenes are perfectly shot as if we are getting to watch the real Geeta Phoghat. The final scene with Geeta’s dhobi-pachad moves is thoroughly enjoyable where we feel the pulse of the film in nail-biting circumstances.
- Dangal: Final Word
Dangal is a must-watch movie as it is emotional, inspiring and simply spellbinding. There is no better option to end 2016 than watching such ‘Dhakad’ film. The film beautifully spreads a powerful feminist message.
- Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)