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Dangal – Movie Review

I really, really liked Dangal. How can I, or anyone else, not like a film that’s THIS earnestly made? How can you not like a film which makes you smile, laugh, shed a tear or two and above all, make you feel so proud, so inspired, so HAPPY?


Dangal just had to be made. We had to know about these girls, that man. Such an incredible story had to be told. A strict but caring father and two of his daughters take us on this emotional ride called Dangal, punctuated only by occasional comedy relief in the form of Aparshakti Khurranna’s Omkar. Aamir’s Mahavir, now a belly-sporting middle-aged man but once a wrestler, coaches his two daughters to become national champions.

Fatima Sana Shaikh as Geeta Phogat (YouTube capture)
Fatima Sana Shaikh as Geeta Phogat (YouTube capture)


He is relentless and unforgiving in his coaching of the girls and dons the hat of a coach by the day, and that of a loving, caring father by the night as he massages the girls’ feet after a long day at training. The girls practice incessantly and put their heart and soul into it. All this effort pays off well at the end. But Dangal is as much about the journey of Phogats as it is about their final, much-valued contribution to the nation in the form of a medal and pride. A journey that’s a bumpy ride but made memorable by the support that this family gets, from Aparshakti Khurranna’s Omkar and the chicken shop wala, and everyone else who believed in the girls and their coach. This is not to say that there were never any naysayers. In fact, there were plenty of them. But we all know who had the last laugh.

Sanya Malhotra as Babita Phogat (YouTube capture)
Sanya Malhotra as Babita Phogat (YouTube capture)

Aamir is shockingly believable as Mahavir Phogat. In fact, there’s no glimpse absolutely of his superstar persona. All you see is Mahavir Phogat. He does a brilliant job. Fatima Sana Shaikh as Geeta Phogat, Sanya Malhotra as Babita Phogat and Zaira Wasim as the young Geeta are on point. I’d like to see Fatima play Indira Gandhi. Music and background score compliment the film. I found the film a tad bit stretched in the first block but otherwise, no complaints whatsoever. Even at a run-time of 170 minutes, Dangal packs a punch, powerful performances and some pride.

I’m going with 4/5. Recommended viewing! Also, it’s worth buying on blu-ray 😀

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