DANGAL – Movie Review @Dangal

‘Ace Khan’ Aamir Khan is very well-known for delighting the audience with unadulterated entertainers every single time. He is one iconic performer and a brilliant producer who has mastered the dexterity of packaging classy scripts as a sincere and genuine commercial product. Whether it is a ‘Lagaan’ or ‘Rang De Basanti’ or ‘3 Idiots’ or ‘PK’ or ‘Taare Zameen Par’, he and his directors and team knows how to sell a product to the audience with no unwanted commercial compromises!

‘Ðangal’ is an inspiring story of the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former National level wrestling champion. The film begins putting-forth a question – ‘Every sportsperson has a dream of getting a gold for their country. But, how far can they go without proper support from government?’ The whole film revolves around how Mahavir Singh trains his 2 daughters and tries to make his dream of making them International champions come true! The film also speaks about the gender discrimination and partiality in sports in India.

Salutes to Aamir Khan for striving so much to give his audience quality films that speaks sensible topics consistently. I believe no other topmost stars in India has the guts to let the script alone lead their films always; it is so surprising to see that Aamir has given the whole film to the Phogat sisters characters completely in the second half (just like how he gave the most significant role of ‘Rang De Basanti’ to Actor Siddarth, like how he appears only after the Interval sequence in ‘Taare Zameen Par’, like how he gave equal importance to the central characters in ‘3 idiots’). May be, that is the secret formula of his ever-continuing phenomenal success – he does not wants to win, but always wants his scripts to win it all!

‘Dangal’ is a seamlessly crafted biographical sports drama that hardly has anything as a demerit to point out. The impeccable writing, stellar performances and the technical excellence – all put together makes it a sparkling gem that cannot be missed at all. The script has a perfect flow with outstanding character establishments and conflict parts. Right from the very first scene, every emotion is so impactful and relatable and it continues till the climax. Mahavir Singh being upset for not having a son, the villager’s expert advices, Mahavir realizing that ‘A gold is still a gold, even if it is won by a girl child’, his practices for his kids beginning with a final treat of ‘Gol Gappas’, Mahavir going to an extent of chopping their hair off or whatever comes as hindrance for his dream, the kids who are feeling bad about their father after being toiled so much who get enlightened with Sunita’s words at her marriage, Geeta’s first defeat in bout making her sleepless and ask her dad ‘When is the next fight?’, change in Geeta’s attitude after going to the NSA, her confrontation with her dad followed by the opinion differences between the Phogat sisters, Mahavir Singh coaching on strategies and techniques to Geeta after seeing her International matches videos, the final match moments – everything was so spotless in the entire film.

The dialogues by Nitesh Tiwari are the biggest asset of ‘Dangal’, making the emotions conveyed in a beautiful way. Say the climax dialogue, the conversations at Sunita wedding, dialogues like ‘Before you fight a bout, you have to fight fear’ and many other inspiring lines. The perfection in directing the wrestling scenes has made it look so authentic and real. The film is full of many special moments that could give a lot of goose bumps – the final moments can even move you into tears. Wow, what an excellent idea of using the national anthem!

On performance part, despite taking a back seat and letting the girls outrun him, Aamir Khan steals the show! It is one of his career-best performance where his dedication and efforts speaks a lot on screen. Every other actor in ‘Dangal’ has done a spectacular job; Sakshi Tanwar as Mahavir Singh’s wife, Sana Shaikh as Geeta Phogat, Zaira Wasim as young Geeta, Sanya Malhotra as Babita Kumari, Suhani Bhatnagar as young Babita and Aparshakti Khurrana as the Phogat sisters’ cousin – everyone have been successful in making us relating to the real-life characters (Zaira Wasim plays an important role in Aamir’s next film ‘Secret Superstar’ too). If Aamir Khan and the script are the heroes of this film, it is Pritam’s extra-ordinary music that has been the second hero of ‘Dangal’; such a fantabulous work! The film has got well-etched work in every other technical aspects including cinematography, art direction, editing and make-up too.

On the whole, ‘Dangal’ joins the league of the most memorable Bollywood sports film like ‘Chak De India’, ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and it tops the list of ‘Best Films of 2016’ surpassing the other finest works like ‘Udta Punjab’, ‘Neerja’, ‘Pink’, etc., This film deserves a must-watch in theater at-least once!

– Rahman

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