23 Dec, 2016 2 hrs 41 mins U
Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar
Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar
Nitesh Tiwari
Dangal manages to engage the viewer with the wrestling tournaments and bring patriotic emotions to the fore.

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Dangal is both inspiring and entertaining

Dangal Story: When Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir), a wrestler from Haryana, loses hope of having a son, he trains his daughters Geeta (Fatima) and Babita (Sanya) to make wrestling history, thus breaking the taboo of Indian women participating in a sport thus far dominated by men.

Dangal Review: 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.

What works wonderfully here is the writing. 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.

It is to the film’s credit that though Geeta and Babita’s wins are documented, it still manages to engage the viewer with the wrestling tournaments and bring patriotic emotions to the fore. Most importantly, Dangal scores with its first-rate performances. An ungainly Aamir (22 kilos heavier) with grey hair is pitch-perfect as the ziddi yet sensitive parent. The 51-year-old actor should be complimented for experimenting with his roles, unlike his contemporaries who prefer to play safe. Sakshi as his wife, is restrained, yet effective. And, the debutants Fatima and Sanya are easily this year’s best finds.

Music director Pritam and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya manage an earthy soundtrack with Daler Mehndi’s title track pumping up the adrenaline. Also, the soft track Gilheriyaan, the Haryanvi rap and hip-hop Haanikarak Bapu and the Dhakaad number, are in perfect tandem with the narrative.

Demonetisation be damned, watch Dangal.

Dangal Movie Review in Hindi

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Avg Users’ Rating 4.8/5 ( 1044 users )
Alisha Malik
Amazing movie. I love how they portrayed a father or two girls investing himself completely in their sports career against all odds of society. Acting is good. Amir khan and the girls Rock.
chinmay deshpande
Sultan is better than Dangal...
It''s a sports take. So, it''s good. Apart from south Indian Hindi dub movies, which take Bhojpuri as the language of their villians, the need for putting all dialects in the mainstream cinema is an attempt to thrust odd expressions as normal. Same is true with bollywood liberally accepting dumb punjabi music to catch with the everyday demand of dancing numbers owing to celebration today meaning ability to dance at publicly played DJs. One factor of deteriorating standards in language is invasion of poorest level of english in all cultures. Since the most loved language (english) is flowing sub-standard, every other language has only to follow suit and fall themselves. We can see Aamir uttering the language but failing to express only because he''s a perfect actor but no good actor. When our oscar aspirant can''t express, how can we expect the girls to do justice. Randeep huda could have been a better choice if Haryanavi was the need. Now on the overall theme. The picture wins as a women''s cause and at the same time keeps the male chauvinism intact. It claims to have broken box-office records for the people''s love of sport but it loses for the way it can inspire young boys and girls to opt sports. You don''t find 4-5 year girls or girls any age opting for a wrestler''s haircut. Not many have father with sports background. A person who has struggled himself can make his students or children struggle and teach the fruits of toil. There are better and lucrative sports opportunities than wrestling. The costs are too much to be born by average Indian. Government has done little to support sport. It is more interested in laying claim to won medals. Everyone is there to adopt just kohlis, dhonis, bindras, sandhus.....sports is no more time pass than movies in India
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