Dangal (2016) starring Aamir Khan has been the most talked movie for the last few weeks. Based on a true story of two female wrestlers from Haryana Geetha Phogat and Babita Kumari, encouraged and trained by their father Mahavir Singh Phogat they win gold and silver medals respectively in 2010 Commonwealth Games that happened in New Delhi. The story highlights the cause of the need to encourage and nourish girls in a society where high rates of selective abortion of females exist.
The film is brilliantly told by writer and director Nitesh Tiwari. Initially, I was hesitating to go for the film as I expected it to be a rehash of many other sportsman struggles like Fast Girls or recent Irudhi Suttru (2016) but Dangal turned out to be interesting and honest. I liked the screenplay which doesn’t show any real villains, the film throughout didn’t deviate from its plot which was about the personal struggle of Mahavir & his daughters. Right from Aamir Khan to the young girls (Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar) the casts come out perfect for each character.
The first half was thoroughly enjoyable, the scene in which Geetha trashes young male wrestlers being the highlight. Dangal – a must watch and rewatch!
Update on 2018: The film is available on Netflix India.