Dangal | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 07, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 07, 2017


Director: Nitest Tiwari

Screenplay: Nitesh
Tiwari , Shreyas Jain

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

Strength: Storyline, acting, cinematography

Weakness: Length

Runtime: 152min

Review: 8/10

Plot: The movie is about Mahavir Singh Phogat who teaches wrestling to his two daughters with the hope the that they will one day win gold medals and make the country proud.

Review: The movie is directed by Nitest Tiwari. The role of Mahavir Singh Phogat is played by Aamir Khan. His two daughters, Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari are played by the newcomers, Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra. Sakshi Tanwar plays the role of Mahavir Singh's wife. 

The movie starts with Mahavir Singh hoping to have a son so that he can train him as a wrestler to win a gold medal for the country. However, as luck would have it, he is blessed with a daughter instead . He keeps on trying to have a son by following many superstitious beliefs and practices. But after the birth of his fourth daughter, he gives up on his dream until one day when Geeta and Babita as teenagers, beat up two boys horribly. He then realizes that it doesn't matter whether they are boys or girls, they can still win gold medals. And, thus, starts the brutal training of the two girls to become world class wrestlers.

Aamir Khan's acting as usual is very convincing as a former wrestler living vicariously through the lives of his daughters. Although at times it may seem like he is more concerned about his own dreams than the well being of his daughters, but as the movie continues, one gets to see the loving father in Mahavir Singh who cares about nothing more than the happiness of his daughters. The movie also has a very subtle comic timing that will surely make one chuckle, especially in the dialogues by the young Geeta and Babita along with their cousin who is a constant support to them. The first half of the movie is funnier due to the amazing acting of the younger Geeta and Babita (played by Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar) compared to the second half which is more serious and emotionally appealing. Sakshi Tanwar's role is very limited in the movie, but in the scenes she does have, she portrays her versatility as an amazing actress. The only downside of the movie is that it's two and a half hours long which at times feels like it is just dragging on. All in all, “Dangal”, like all the other Aamir Khan movies is surely a must watch for everyone.

By Amira Amin

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