Aamir Khan proves why he is the sultan of great Indian cinema Dangal, starring Aamir Khan in the lead role as wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, is the big Christmas release this year.
How good or bad is the Nitesh Tiwari directed film? Here is our Dangal movie review. Dangal Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar, Aparshakti Khurrana Dangal Director: Nitesh TiwariA middle aged, overweight Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan) challenges his elder daughter Geeta Phogat (Fatima Sana Shaikh) to a wrestling match after she calls his 'technique' outdated. She lives in the National Sports Academy (NSA) in Patiala and swears by her 'national level' coach's training, not her father's time tested akhada lessons. Geeta defeats dad Mahavir in the face off, telling him 'kuch toh farak hove' in his technique and that of her coach. As a panting Mahavir gathers the rest of his face, we see a father's sorrow at seeing his daughter change. Dangal is the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat from Balali in Haryana. The wrestler is consumed by the desire to see his son 'win gold' for the country. But as fate would have it, he has four children but all daughters. When his young daughters Geeta (Zaira Wasim) and Babita (Suhani Bhatnagar) beat up the neighbour's sons for calling them names, Mahavir sees there's fight in them. WATCH Dangal review: Aamir Khan surpasses all expectations with this fabulous wayfarer ray ban glasses film "Gold toh gold hota hai; chhora lave ya chhori." A gold is a gold; whether a son brings it or a daughter. Thus begins the gold quest of this father. But he has to wrestle the system, the society and its centuries old prejudices before his daughters can wrestle. The best a girl could prepare for is 'chakki chauka jhaaru pocha', not 'kushti'. So much so that Geeta and Babita (Sanya Malhotra) start with wrestling boys, because women's wrestling isn't a sport. Not, until his girls go on to win. WATCH: Salman Khan in Sultan vs Aamir Khan in Dangal Who did what better Director Nitesh Tiwari, backed by Aamir Khan, brings alive Mahavir's solo battle against societal norms. In the writing lies the strength of Dangal. Aamir Khan literally lives Mahavir Singh Phogat. From the chiselled young wrestler to the greying middle aged father, he carries the story on his shoulders, with ample help from Sakshi Tanwar who plays his wife and reel daughters. ALSO READ: Aamir Khan and Dangal get a salute from all of Bollywood ALSO READ: Aamir Khan in Dangal vs ray ban sunglasses uk Salman Khan in Sultan Who did what better? EXCLUSIVE: On the sets of Aamir Khan's Dangal in Ludhiana PHOTOS: Aamir Khan's daughter Ira joins her dad for Dangal screening Tiwari carefully chooses what to show on screen, sifting through the life of the Phogat sisters and their superhero father. He is careful enough to gloss over the controversial bits about the wrestling federations. Everything else, the fights, emotional turmoil, the father daughter tiffs, take centre stage in Dangal. So while Tiwari uses every single trope in the book of Bollywood sports films, he does it with a freshness and expertise seldom seen. There is a strong nationalism angle mixed with its feminist message, peppered with rustic humour and tears, if one is easily moved. Then there's the National Anthem to take care of the rest. This should appease the right rabble rousers who Aamir has regular run ins with. Yes, Dangal is a crowd pleaser. But it also has stellar performances and an engaging story telling. Aamir is compelling in his role of Mahavir. He annoys you as much as he does his daughters with his strictness as the 'haanikarak bapu'. He ray ban locations also gets you misty eyed when he realises his daughter has gone astray. He makes you root for him when he trains Geeta against the diktat of the National Sports Academy, and makes you hoot along with him when his daughter takes on her competitors. All cliched yet entertaining. While Aamir is in the driver's seat in Dangal, Fatima pushes the vehicle forward. Her months of training are visible on screen. In the slo mo sequences, Fatima is like a leopard. The wrestling scenes are choreographed so well, they aviator sunglasses look close to real. Sanya Malhotra doesn't have a lot to do apart from cheering for her sister from the audience. Child actors Zaira and Suhani hold their own in this motley cast with a heavyweight like Aamir at the top.
Aparshakti Khurrana, narrator and Mahavir's nephew, gets a lot of laughs. Pritam's music is used as a narrative device, and the songs don't affect the pace. Apart from Gilheriyaan and the title track, Dangal, no other track stands out because they are more part of the story than songs.
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