Movie Review of Dangal

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Plot: An ordinary wrestler from Haryana trains his daughters to make wrestling history, a sport far dominated by men. 
 
+ Amir Khan’s super fluctuating yet convincing body parameters
+ Intense father-daughter emotions peppered with humorous Haryanvi dialogues 
+ Nail-biting wrestling sequences
 
Rating: 4
 
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 Haryana wrestler who trained his older two daughters in the art of wrestling and turned them into champions. The film delivers a very important message with such sincerity that it just doesn’t overwhelm the storytelling. 
Messages on our obsession with the male child, bigoted stand on bringing up our daughters and the administration’s wretched attitude towards sports, are loud and clear. 
 
Amir Khan is a pure finesse who can go to any extent to completely erase the boundary which detaches the actor from the character. His deliberate gaits to match with the demand of the role as an aspiring wrestler with muscles and a passionate father with a heavy belly can easily convince you that the movie has really covered an era while making. 
 
In the male dominant state of Haryana, where the girl child is still unacceptable in most of the families, there cannot be a more important message. The belief that real-life Phogat showed in his girls, as they went on to win honor is definitely setting an example.
 
Also, Dangal blends humor with intensity. The lighthearted dialogues, peppered with humor and heartrending father-daughter emotions runs throughout the movie. When the first half of the movie shows how the young Geeta and Babita turn into willing fighters from young innocent girls, the second half on the mat tells us how to learn the art of losing, and, above all, to win. 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 yet so perfect character of Mahavir Phogat. He is guilty of taking away his daughter’s childhood and turning them into the boys that he doesn't have. But his obstinacy ends up breaking all the traditional taboos of this patriarchal society for its own good.
 
The film also delineates the conflicting points of traditional coaching methods of father versus modern techniques of the system with sheer serenity.
Along with Mr. Perfectionist, a big credit for this sporting saga goes to Fatima Sana Shaikh for bringing the character of Geeta Kumari Phogat, Mahavir's eldest daughter to life. Sakshi Tanwar, as Khan’s wife, is a first-class choice, known yet fresh enough. Her role is restrained but totally compatible with the storyline.
The earthy soundtracks, especially ‘Haanikarak Bapu’ fits just right with the mood of the narrative. 
 
Dangal is a film that is both inspiring and entertaining. Since it highlights the glorious wins of the Phogats, the film is also bound to encourage more women to seriously take up kushti as a sport.

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