Deepika Tina Lobo
BENGALURU: Dangal, starring Aamir Khan is a movie inspired by two sisters,Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat who were gold medalists at the commonwealth games in wrestling. Aamir Khan played the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, father of the two sisters. The film is directed by Nitesh Tiwari, who has directed movies like Bhoothnath Returns and Chillar Party. Despite demonetization, the film still had a good box office collection. The total collection of Dangal in the domestic market stands at 385.66 crores as stated in TOI. The background score and catchy songs added to the flavour of the movie.
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Earlier Salman Khan’s film Sultan that released on July, 6, 2016 was also a film based on wrestling and had a good box office collection of 300.45 crores according to Bollywood hungama. Dangal beat Sultan by 85 crores and was appreciated by Salman Khan himself.
The plot of the film begins with Mahavir Singh Phogat, a middle-aged man watching a wrestling match on TV and complaining about their wrong moves. It is then known that Mahavir is the former National Level Wrestler who discontinued wrestling to support his family financially. He then wishes to make his son a great wrestler and hopes to fulfill his unfulfilled dreams through him but is disappointed when he’s ‘blessed’with four daughters. Mahavir loses hope. One day when he sees his daughters Geeta and Babita beat up the neighbourhood boys, the faith in him restores. He then realizes that he doesn’t need a son to win a gold medal for the country and hence the dialogue, “Gold toh gold hota hai, chora lave ya chori” meaning ‘Gold is gold, whether a son wins it or a daughter,’ is used.
In pursuit of this dream Mahavir takes on the society and challenges its norms and continues to initiate his daughters into a life of wrestling. He initially goes tough on them, which made the daughters think they are being tortured but as time passes they realise their father’s wish and the faith he had on them. The sisters worked hard and made it to the commonwealth games.
Aamir Khan gives a believable performance of a man who was defeated by circumstances in his prime but is given another shot at glory in his old age. He has also worked on his body where he once had a very fit body as a young wrestler and then a body of a middle-aged man who is not fit enough. From a young wrestler to a middle-aged father, he has done total justice to his role. Sakshi Tanwar of Kahaani ghar ghar ki, fame plays his wife.
Fatima Sana Sheikh (Geeta) has also given a great performance. Her hard work and dedication is seen in the film. The fights are choreographed so well that they seem real. Sanya Malhotra (Babita) does not have many fights in the film. She’s seen mostly encouraging her sister. The plot of the movie is planned very carefully to both inspire and entertain the audience. Tiwari has directed the movie very carefully keeping in mind the controversies and issues that could be created with debatable issues like sports and women empowerment.
The film includes aspects like nationality, patriarchy and women empowerment. Nationality in the film is portrayed when Mahavir Singh Phogat tells his daughter Geeta that it’s not enough if she gets a Gold medal for herself but she also needs to get one for her country.
The film does portray patriarchy as well. As you can see the girls are forced to cut their hair short and wear shorts and shirts. He trains them to become successful wrestlers so that he fulfills his desire. The girls did not have any intention of becoming wrestlers. They were forced into it by their father. But this aspect is later compensated as the girls start liking wrestling and prosper in it.
Women empowerment is another major aspect you can see in this film. The father believes his daughters are not inferior to any men and they can fight them too. The dialogue “Humari chori choron se kum hai ke?” meaning are our daughters inferior to any boys, said by Mahavir Singh Phogat in the film proves it. You can also see young Gita (ZairaWasim) wrestle with boys and even win against them. The song “dhakkad” also speaks about their strength and how they are not inferior to any of the men.
The film is a perfect blend of entertainment, emotional drama and well-choreographed wrestling sequences more than makeup for the lack of regular Bollywood fight sequences. It keeps the audience engaged from the beginning till the end.The actors play their part to perfection and lend a realistic feel to their characters. The camera angles and the cinematography add strength to every scene. The film definitely does justice to audience’s expectations.