Dangal movie review: Amir Khan away for 2 years has not been in vain

Dangal sees Aamir Khan back on the silver screen after a gap of two long years. The film, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, is the journey of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat. Will Dangal make an impact on the box office? Here is our Dangal movie review.

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 Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar, Aparshakti Khurrana

Dangal Director: Nitesh Tiwari

Dangal Rating:4 Star (4/5)

A middle-aged, overweight Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan) challenges his elder daughter Geeta Phogat (Fatima Sana Sheikh) to a wrestling match after she calls his ‘technique’ outdated.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.

“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.

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