Dangal – Inspiring, spellbinding and Emotional

Star Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Suhani Bhatnagar,

Director: Nitesh Tiwari

Producer: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Siddharth Roy Kapur

Banner: Walt Disney Pictures, Aamir Khan Productions, UTV Motion Pictures

Music director: Pritam

Story:

A National level wrestling champ – Mahavir Singh Phoghat (Aamir Khan) is forced to give up his sporting dream in order to earn livelihood for his family. He always wishes to have son in order to fulfill his wish of winning a Gold medal for India. While Mahavir is looking for a son, fate has something else planned for him as his wife (Sakshi Tanwar) gives birth to four daughters. With no chance in his hand, Mahavir gives up on his dream.

One day, Mahavir’s elder daughters, Geeta (Zaira Wasim) and Babita (Suhani Bhatnager) have fight with the local goons and packs a punch to the rowdy fellows. After this incident, Mahavir realizes that his daughters are no less than men and starts to train them for wrestling. How the two girls overcome the physical hardship and the social struggle in the rural India. How they made their father’s dream into a reality. Forms the rest of the story.

Positive Aspects:

The first half of the film is simply stunning and nearly flawless. The father-daughter relationships between Geeta and Mahavir and Babita and Mahavir are showcased very well emotionally. Also, how situations change the ties between the two sisters has been tapped into well.

The second half of the film gets into a real and more cinematic mode. The girls have grown up and have new issues to tackle. There is a lot of wrestling in the second half as Geeta’s playing tournaments. Dialogues are absolutely sharp, some will leave you in splits too as the narration is being done from Mahavir’s nephew’s side.

Aamir Khan’s physical transformation is major highlight and he skillfully fits into the character of Mahavir. This is easily his best performance in the recent years. Sakshi Tanwar as Mahavir’s wife is a perfect choice for the role. She emotes extremely well.

Coming to younger actors first, Zaira Wasim as Geeta is absolutely stunning. She pulls off the wrestling bits too with great effort and looks highly convincing. Suhani Bhatnagar, the young Babita too does an equally commendable job. Also, Ritwik Sahore as Mahavir’s young nephew is a delight.

Nitesh Tiwari first attempt at a sports biographical drama with Dangal turns out highly successful and a great script is extra ordinary. DOP, Sethu Sriram captures the Haryanvi milieu quite perfectly. Pritam’s music blends excellently in the film. Dangal title track is an energy booster and Haanikaarak Bapu is simply superb.

Negative Aspects:

A cinematic twist in the climax seemed unnecessary.

Verdict:

Aamir Khan’s Dangal has an incredible script and powerhouse performances leave you impressed. Dangal is inspiring, emotional and spellbinding. Must-watch!

Rating: 4/5

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