Review: Dangal

Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar.

Editing: Ballu Saluja

Cinematography: Setu

Music: Pritam

Producers: Kiran Rao, Aamir Khan and Siddharth Roy Kapur

Direction: Nitesh Tiwari

Bollywood’s Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan is now back after two years with his latest outing Dangal. Dangal is a biopic of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat. The film has created a huge buzz in the country from a past few months. Here’s the exclusive review of this much-awaited movie.

Synopsis:

Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan) is a wrestler who dreams of winning Gold medal for India. But unfortunately, he couldn’t fulfill his dream. But he then decides that he will achieve his goal by turning his son as a wrestler. But then again, his dream gets shattered when his wife (Sakshi Tanwar) gives birth to a girl twice.

After few years, one of the neighbors’ complaints to Mahavir that both of his daughters has beaten up their child severely in a fight. This incident makes Mahavir realize the strength of his daughters Geeta and Babita. He then decides to chase his dream by training his children. At first, both the girls find it difficult to cope up with the sport but as the time passes by, they master it. What happened next? Did they win the gold medal? To know the answer, you have to watch the film.

Performances:

This film is an outright example of perfect casting. Each and every character in the film has some or the other way to contribute to the story. First of all, the four girls Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar, who played the roles of younger and older Geeta and Babita, must be appreciated for their splendid job. They have put their heart and soul in this film and their hard work can be seen on the big screen. Sakshi Tanwar is good in the role of the mother. The actors who played the cousin’s role and the coach’s role will also be remembered when the audience walk out of the theaters. Last but not the least, talking about the man himself, there are no words to describe the act of Aamir in this film. The transformation he went through to portray the character in four different stages is incredible. Though the girls hog the limelight in second half, audiences will still feel the presence of Aamir in every frame. Such is the impact he created in this movie. This will be yet another milestone in his career.

Technical and overall analysis:

Director Nitesh Tiwari, who had earlier directed movies like Chillar Party and Bhoothnath Returns, was asked to direct this film as his third venture. Right after reading the script, he decided that he wanted to cast Aamir in it and it was the first success of him. Coming to the film, though it was portrayed in a simple way, he succeeded in making it very emotionally driven and engaging drama with a strong underlying message. Music by Pritam also stands out and all the songs were very well placed. The background score is brilliant and elevates certain scenes to the next level. The cinematography and editing were also brilliant. Last but not the least, the casting team should also get a special mention for choosing such perfect actors.

Dangal is not only about wrestling. It talks about the patriarchy in our society and more importantly about the woman empowerment. Right from the first frame to the last frame, it successfully engages the audience with an engaging drama. The powerful performances add the more impact. Overall, Aamir hits out of the park yet again with a spell bounding film. It is a must watch for everyone.

One-line verdict:

Masterpiece

Rating: 4/5