Dangal (Wrestler/wrestling) is a true story about a man who raised his daughters to compete at the national level after his dreams of competing in the nationals were crushed years before.
Aamir Khan stars as Mahavir Singh Phogat, a father who nearly tares his family apart to make his daughters wrestle, but in the end he raises not one, but two olympic level wrestling athletes. This is an emotional story, and based on a true story and the acting, is simply superb, Aamir delivers a truly amazing potrayal, as always his acting is simply amazing.
But this movie is not about Aamir Khan, nor his character Mahavir Singh Phogat, no no, this movie is about his daughter, Geeta Phogat ( Fatima Sana Shaikh), the first Indian female to ever compete at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Where she won a gold medal, and her sister Babita Kumari ( Sanya Malhotra) won silver medal.
Throughout this movie there is a serious rise and fall of character depth and story. As the focus shifts from Father to Daughter, from Daughter to Younger Daughter, and back to Didi (eldest sister). This progression sets up for the final moments.
As this movie is based on a real life events, I cannot do my normal spoiler free, commentary, as I already spoiled it by detailing the actual events of the real-life above. But what I still say is that this movie takes a twist I didn’t know of near the end, and it got me all emotional. I truly fell in love with the characters in this movie and I felt for them. Even more so when I realized that this was based on a true life story.
These women still compete today (as of the writing of this post). I am happy that I have been exposed to this, movie, otherwise I wouldn’t of known this story at all. This is the type of story you want to tell your kids, to show them how hard work, dedication, and a parent willing to sacrifice anything can help set you up for true success in this world.
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, albeit I knew it would be good as I have a thing for Aamir Khan’s movies. He doesn’t make bad movies, it just isn’t in him to do.
I give this movie a solid 9.5 out of 10. It truly hits home in great ways, makes you feel something for the characters, its full of adventure, twists, turns, great acting, the works. If you don’t speak hindi, just throw on subtitles, its worth it.Believe me. I don’t speak hindi, albeit I am learning, and I gotta say once you get used to reading the subtitles, you can barely notice it. And it is so worth it, it opens up a whole new world of film and cinema to you.