Movie Review- Dangal
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Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar, Ritwik Sahore, Aparshakti Khurana, Girish Kulkarni
director: nitesh tiwari
A sports biopic, Dangal totally justifies the real-life story of the Haryana wrestler who trained his two eldest daughters in the art of wrestling and made them champions. the film conveys a very important message with such sincerity that it just doesn’t overwhelm the narrative. the messages about our obsession with the boy child, the bigoted stance on raising our daughters, and the administration’s miserable attitude toward sports are loud and clear.
amir khan is a pure finesse who can go to any lengths to completely erase the boundary that separates actor from character. His deliberate steps to match the role’s demand as a brawny wannabe wrestler and a passionate father with a heavy belly can easily convince you that the film has truly covered an era while it’s been made.
In the predominantly male state of Haryana, where girls remain unacceptable in most families, there could not be a more important message. The belief that the real life phogat showed in the girls from him as they gained honor is definitely setting an example.
In addition, dangal combines humor with intensity. the joyous dialogues, sprinkled with humor and heartbreaking emotions of father and daughter are found throughout the film. Where the first half of the film shows how young Geeta and Babita become willing fighters for innocent girls, the second half on the mat tells us how to learn the art of losing and, above all, winning. Among the high ends of this well-crafted film are the nail-biting wrestling sequences. but what wins our heart is the not so perfect but so perfect character of mahavir phogat. she is guilty of taking her daughter’s childhood away from her and turning her into the children she doesn’t have. but her stubbornness ends up breaking all the traditional taboos of this patriarchal society for her own good.
The film also delineates the sticking points of the father’s traditional training methods versus the system’s modern techniques with sheer serenity. along with mr. a perfectionist, great credit for this sports saga goes to fatima sana shaikh for bringing to life the character of geeta kumari phogat, the eldest daughter of mahavir. sakshi tanwar, as a khan’s wife, is a first class pick, well known but new enough. her role is moderate but fully compatible with the plot. the earthy soundtracks, especially ‘haanikarak bapu’ perfectly fit the mood of the narrative.
dangal is an inspiring and entertaining film. As it highlights the glorious victories of the phogats, the film is also meant to encourage more women to take up kushti as a sport seriously.
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