Director -Nitesh Tiwari
Dangal is the story of the family of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat who made the nation proud. Their struggle, that of a father against family, friends and society, of a mother against her inability to bear a male child, and of the daughters break the shackles, to live their father’s dream.
Superstar Amir Khan’s performance as Mahavir Singh Phogat plays the role of an over the hill, 25 year old national level wrestler. He is forced to take up the job of an office clerk, to support his family.
He has a dream, to make his son a world beating wrestler. To win a gold for India. But his disappointment of not bearing a male child, almost shattered him. Until in a life changing moment, he realised – A gold is a gold, doesn’t matter who brings it – whether it is a daughter or a son. He would coach his 9 and 11 year old girls to win golds.
He is a pleasure to watch and proves himself as the most mature actor willing to play a father to big girls and with a paunch and with white hair to a perfect 6 pack abs physique he does it all, the Mr perfectionist.
Both the daughters in their childhood avatar and in their adolescence act superbly and in no point of time in the movie do you feel that these girls are debutantes. Their roles are so well scripted, with a combination of grit and earthy humour.
Sakshi Tanwar as Daya Kaur, Phogat’s wife and the girls mother plays her role with perfection. She carries off her Haryanvi accent and the role of a doting harried mother very well.
Director Nitesh Tiwari handles the story perfectly textbook style without adding any Bollywood Masala to it and yet making it an interesting film gets all the characters give their best performance and treating the subject with perfection is admirable the movie does not lag anywhere and always keeps you on the edge of the seat anxious of what will happen next.
The best part is the training, the wrestling, matches and victories, that the young middle class sporting family thrives on, totally devoted, focussed on life’s ambition, to not rest till they’ve got gold for themselves and for the country. Geeta Phogat pulled off an incredible win over an experienced Australian wrestler at the 2010 commonwealth games in Delhi.
The movie is true to its subject. It does not have a false moment. If you enjoy sports other than cricket, here is a super entertaining movie for all sport lovers.
If you happen to be a woman, this is yet another movie that tells you you can dream big, and give it everything. Fight.
The movie showcases the indomitable Haryanvi spirit.
The Music –
All the songs are written and played in Haryanvi folk style, mostly sung in the background, according to situations and the lyrics are so apt and perfect to bring a smile on the face
Verdict – A movie that is slick, has a superb realistic story, brilliant acting performances.
Ratings– 4.5 of 5 stars
I feel too small and humbled to rate such great movie. You must watch it.