There are certain films that bowl you over with its innate honesty and brilliance. Director Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal is one such gem.
It’s the story of perseverance, grit and sheer hard work. The story has been inspired by the life of Dronacharya award winning Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan), who fights against all odds to train his daughters Geeta Kumari (Zaira Wasim/Fatima Sana Shaikh) and Babita Kumari (Suhani Bhatnagar/Sanya Malhotra) to make them champion wrestlers.
Mahavir yearns for a son to train him young but fate had other plans. At a certain juncture he decides to bring his daughters into the world of wrestling. But it was never easy. Even his daughters found it too hard initially but Mahavir was not one to lose hope.
And in the process, he created a history of sorts.
With a superb script and hard hitting dialogues, Nitesh Tiwari has made perhaps a spectacular biographical sports drama that is gripping from start to finish. The film packages a delightful mix of emotions but it is amazing how the actors perform with such restraint.
Sethu Sriram’s visuals are just delicious. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s impressive lines have been beautifully composed by Pritam.
Like Sakshi Tanwar, whose silence speaks a million words to Aparshakti Khurrana, playing Mahavir’s nephew who narrates the film, have done their parts with great maturity. The girls, who play Geeta and Babita at various phases have done their roles with total dedication. They are cute, able and hugely talented.
But in the end, you have to give it to Aamir Khan for coming up with a performance that is absolutely mesmerising. Watch him perform and you won’t need any more explanation on his title of ‘Mr. Perfectionist’ or why the whole country waits for his films with such eagerness. Hats off, Aamir!
Dangal is sheer class. It’s one of those rare and outstanding movies that you just want to sit and watch, cut off from everything else. Don’t forget to carry a box of tissues to wipe your tears.
Two big thumbs up and a never to miss recommendation for this overwhelming experience called Dangal.