Aamir Khan’s Dangal is told from the heart, it is truly perfection. The movie is created from an incredible script and the performances leave you impressed.
Mahavir Singh Phoghat (Aamir Khan) is a National level wrestling champ who is forced to give up his sporting dream to earn livelihood for his family. His only dream is to see his son fulfill his wish of winning a Gold medal for India. While Mahavir is striving for a son, fate has something else planned for him as his wife (Sakshi Tanwar) gives birth to four daughters. A heartbroken Mahavir, gives up on his dream with no son in the picture.
After picking a fight with local lads, Mahavir’s elder daughters, Geeta (Zaira Wasim) and Babita (Suhani Bhatnager) hit the boys black and blue. After receiving complaints from their family, Mahavir realizes that his daughters are no less than men and starts to train them for wrestling. The young girls are unhappy with their new way of life and even try to get out of it. Soon they are trained enough to take on the boys at a local Dangal where Geeta starts to win against the best of trained male wrestlers. Thus begins Geeta and Babita’s journey from State to National to finally the Commonwealth Games.
Aamir Khan’s physical transformation had been the most we had heard about his role in Dangal and practically, that’s the least one will focus on in the film. He naturally slips into the character of Mahavir with all that physical changes, we rarely see him as Aamir Khan. Sakshi Tanwar as Mahavir’s wife is a perfect choice for the role.
Young actors, Zaira Wasim as Geeta is brilliant. She is a revelation with all that confidence in her act. She pulls off the wrestling bits too with great effort and looks highly convincing. Suhani Bhatnagar, the young Babita too does an equally good job. Also, Ritwik Sahore as Mahavir’s young nephew is a superbly bubbly.
Fatima Sana Sheikh as grown-up Geeta is marvelous. She clearly has undergone the perfect training for this role and pulls off the wrestling extremely well. Sanya Malhotra as Babita does not get a big part in this story as it focuses on Geeta’s journey more, yet she puts up a great performance. Aparshakti Khurrana (Ayushmann Khurrana’s brother), does a great job as Mahavir’s grown-up nephew. His comic timing is on point.
Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal is highly gripping and transitions smoothly from being a sports drama to an emotional one. The inspiring tale of Mahavir and his daughters is narrated in such a way that you laugh, cry and feel all the emotions of the story. Dangal is inspiring, emotional and power packed script, excellent direction and superb acting makes Dangal one of the best films made this year. Rating: 9/10.