Release date : December 23, 2016
Director : Nitesh Tiwari
Producers : Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Music Director : Pritam
Starring : Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh
Based on the lives of an amateur wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his famed daughters, Geeta and Babita Phogat, Dangal has Aamir Khan as the main lead and has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
Dangal is an inspirational story of an ambitious father(Aamir Khan), who, after failing to fulfill his dreams, aspires to achieve his vision of winning a gold medal for his country through his daughters.
Designed as a typical sports film, and to establish the subject at the very onset, the narrative begins with a preposterous start but soon settles in on a convincing note, of a tyrant father who ensures his reluctant daughters follow his instructions.
What keeps you glued to the screen, from the beginning, is Aamir Khan’s transformation into a Haryanvi. The actor not only reinvents himself, he tips his films with this novelty factor that wows his audience. This time, playing an aging wrestler, with added pounds and flab to his otherwise chiseled frame, he mesmerizes you with aplomb. He literally breathes and lives the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat in rural Haryana.
But the stars of the film are definitely Zara Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar. As the young Geeta and Babita, they are simply adorable and charming. They portray their innocent and aggressive attitude with such finesse that you instantly fall in love with their characters and root for them.
As a biopic, though one-dimensional, the film lacks high-voltage drama and the entertainment quotient is dutifully obligatory. Vivan Bhatena in a cameo as Mahavir’s office colleague is wasted. Sakshi Tanwar in a passive role as Daya, Mahavir’s wife, is unimpressive as she plays herself.
The songs and background score mesh seamlessly with the narrative. On the production front, the international games are realistically recreated with precision and overall the film has a very realistic look and feel. The national anthem is used as a magnetic device to extract the feel of patriotism, and unwittingly, the audience land up giving Geeta and the film a standing ovation.
Overall, the film has a very realistic look and feel. Sans the performance, “Dangal” seems too perfunctory with its sports and biopic tropes that tend to be inspirational and motivational.