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Movie review: Aamir's Dangal is an inspiring tale with full on entertainment
The storyline: Dangal is the real life story of a Haryana-based wrestler, Mahavir Singh Phogat who is desperate for a son, so that he can train him to follow his path and win accolades for the country as a wrestler. But not able to have a son, he decides to train and teach his two daughters, Geeta (Fatima) and Babita (Sanya) the skills of wrestling. The film just like in real life breaks the taboo of Indian women participating in a sport which has been dominated by men for ages. The rest as they say is history.

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

Director: Nitesh Tiwari

Genre: Biopic

Run time: 2 hours 41 minutes

IMDb rating: 8.5/10

Review:

Capturing biopics on celluloid can be tricky business. Many directors have failed to recreate the magic they require to sustain the crowds. However, if done right, well-made biopics have the power to propel a relatively lesser known individual into a god-like figure. But, coming from Aamir Khan, who's popularly known as Mr Perfectionist, there was always little doubt that Dangal would turn out anything but spectacular.

As regards for the storyline, it is quite predictable as Geeta and Babita's wins at the Commonwealth Games are common knowledge. The story revolves around Phogat, a stubborn and resolute father who is hell bent upon making his daughters into potential medal winners.

What's most admirable in the film is the director (Nitesh Tiwari) and Aamir's devotion to the subject. For playing the role of Phogat senior, Aamir had to put on 27 kgs of weight within a few months. Right after Pk, his last film in which he just had 9 per cent of body fat, he jumped to 38 per cent body fat for the on-screen portrayal of the ageing Mahavir Singh Phogat.

The film is a gripping saga of how sheer will power can empower a human being to achieve his dreams. Besides this, the movie also touches upon relevant social issues like sexism and the general indifference towards sports in the country. It is difficult to imagine anybody else in the role of Phogat, other than Aamir, who does more than justice to the character. Aamir's Phogat is an ageing wrestler who struggles hard to keep his dreams young.

The film's writers including the director must be complimented for capturing the strange father-daughter chemistry filled with tongue-in-cheek humour, yet not losing out on the emotional quotient. Apart from this, the film vividly captures and documents the wins of Geeta and Babita, and still keeps the audience glued to their seats, instilling a sense of patriotism in them.

Apart from Aamir, Sakshi Tanwar, who plays Phogat's wife, although has little to do in the film, but still manages to shine in her character and is impressive. On the other hand, debutants Fatima and Sanya can be easily considered as the best finds of the year.

The film's music by Pritam and Amitabh Bhattacharya's lyrics are added attractions. The title track crooned by Daler Mehndi in his rustic voice deserves a special mention. Another song of the film `Haanikarak Bapu' which has become quite popular in recent times, is humorous and carries the story forward by highlighting how agitated the daughters are as their father forces them to train instead of allowing them to indulge in leisurely girl-like activities.

Aamir's Dangal comes out with a loud and clear message for a society where a male child is still preferred over a girl. The movie is inspiring as well as entertaining. For those who are tired of standing in long queues post-demonetization, Dangal will come as a breath of fresh air. Dangal is easily the film of the year and will most certainly shatter a lot of records.

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