Filmmaker Nitish Tiwari (who previously co-directed ‘Chillar Party‘ with ‘Queen’ director Vikas Bahl and ‘Bhootnath Returns‘ indivdually) is all set to return with wrestling drama ‘Dangal’ based on real life wrestler Mahavir Phogat, who trained their daughters Geeta and Babita in wrestling for the Olympics.
The trailer was released on 20th October, 2016 and received overwhelmingly positive responses across the social media and must admit, it is indeed sensational to say the least. It opens with Mahavir Singh Phogat, ridden with guilt for not winning gold for India, makes a promise to his pregnant wife Shobha Kaur that he will train his about-to-be-born son to fulfill his dream.
As expected, he becomes father to his fourth daughter and though he loves them, finds incompetent to be trained for wrestling. Next scene, Mahavir is forced to break the shell of his gender construct when he witnesses the injuries and bruises on two boys who were beaten black and blue by his daughters Geeta and Babita, out of provocation. This becomes the integral part and we see the girls embark their journey of entering the world of sport they never thought would end up joining and championing for Olympics.
This year, YRF released a film name Sultan, also a wrestling film with Haryanvi dialect, that starred Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma. While this film had love story, Dangal seems to challenge a father’s traditional ideology on gender roles & how is he able to push the envelope by adapting to changing times. The reason Dangal intrigued me the most is the real life people Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters Geeta Phogat (who won the first ever gold medal in women’s wrestling in the 55kg freestyle in 2010 commonwealth game and first ever Indian wrestler to represent India in the Olympics) and Babita Phogat (who won bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championship 2012 and a gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth game), who inspired the filmmakers enough to write a film on them.
Aamir Khan unsurprisingly is the main attraction of the film as he was away from the silver screen since 2 years of the highly controversial multiple award winning PK. In addition, was also in news for his abnormal weight fluctuation in order to prepare for his role of Mahavir within short span of time. Sakshi Tanwar – who’s been receiving rave reviews for her stint in Abhinay Deo’s second season of TV series ’24’ – will be seen as Mahavir’s wife Shobha Kaur. Given how tremendously talented she is, we can surely hope she would stand her own. Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra, around whom film mostly revolves around, are Geeta and Babita and they look the character perfectly well.
Nitish Tiwari’s Dangal will be releasing on 23rd December (Christmas week). There is absolutely no doubt that film will face fierce mass protest and boycott. But unlike Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale, Dangal has a redeeming factor of strong script and it’s even visually appealing and has distinctive rural touch giving a fresh feel, hence one can see a silver lining behind the dark clouds suggesting that the film may overcome the hurdles and perhaps win hearts if not breaking the records, Aamir is known for, in terms of capitals.
Below is the trailer of Dangal