This year has been really eventful. Starting with INTOLERANCE,NON:NUCLEAR AGGRESSION AGREEMENT, EARTH QUAKES, INDIAN AIR FORCE (AN-32) DISAPPEARANCE,URI-ATTACK, etc. and in the end DEMONETISATION (which wasn’t a curse, but technically a struggle in itself). Even bollywood has had a lean year by its standards. Out of the 120 films released, only 15 were worth watching or were considered hits. In between such chaos, one seeks relief, entertainment, a wholesome package which not only rejuvenates you but pushes you towards erudition. That is exactly what DANGAL offers.

This is technically only the second time where AAMIR KHAN is portraying the character of a father in a movie where the story is completely based on parent-child relationship, post HUM HAI RAHI PYAAR KE. In an Aamir Khan movie, you can never have enough expectations because you do only to find them surpassed. When it comes to film making and that too on an unconventional topic/issue, he knows best. The way he acts and those nuances that he creates are just awe-inspiring. His transformation from a WRESTLER to a FAT BELLIED FATHER and then to an ELDERLY AGED FATHER is a source of consternation. This shows his way of capturing the character’s highs and lows with flourish. It’s truly great and his best performance thus far. I think I might be right in saying that this is better than LAGAAN.

Beautifully scripted & astonishingly well  cinematographed. Based on a true story, that of Wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his wrestler daughters and their struggle to win a GOLD MEDAL for India. At the outset, it seems like a simple story with a predictable ending, however, the movie is anything but run-of-the-mill. Even a minute dialogue creates a notable impact and propels you to think and ponder on it. The wrestling matches are beautifully choreographed and shot.The film also focuses on the politics which goes in the federation. There’s this track of the national wrestling coach, who wants to claim stake in Geeta Phogat’s victories while shutting out any interference from her father and also how the federation works on the whims & fancies of the trainer & the chairman.

Alongwith it’s laudable cinematography and direction, the movie addresses a very important issue. That of, gender equality. Women have been considered inferior to men when it comes to sports. The movie showcases how a former wrestler/father surpasses all odds and fights against societal disbeliefs to introduce his daughters to a sport dominated by men. The movie is all about the struggle, the sacrifice and the hard work that goes into the making of a sportsperson. The movie ends at a very beautiful note as Geeta Phogat wins her first international gold medal for India.

Dangal is a hugely entertaining bollywood sports biopic that gets nearly all its moves absolutely right. The supporting cast is perfect to the T, making it an outright winner. Its a film that will pin you down and keep you within its grip all the way through.Things I can probably forecast are:



It is worth every penny, even in this liquidity crunch primacy!

And as far as the issue of ‘women not being good enough for sports’ goes, let’s not forget that India won just two medals in the last Olympics, both won by women.

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2 thoughts on “Dangal!

  • December 26, 2016 at 19:38

    Wonderful review Yash, loved it,
    5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    It is indeed a good movie, and as you said one of Aamir Khans best work,
    Indian movies are really getting good and bringing diff story lines, and Dangal portrays that.

    • January 5, 2017 at 09:17

      Thanx alot,Suman Aunty…


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