Disney Pictures, UTV Software Communications Ltd., and Aamir Khan Productions’ Dangal is a film about wrestling. It is a biopic of Mahavir Singh Phogat, one of the well-known wrestlers of India, and has a story which is supremely motivational and inspiring.
Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan) is a wrestler who lives in a small town of Haryana and whose dream had been to win a gold medal for India in the international arena. But his dream remained unfulfilled due to reasons beyond his control. His only hope now is that his son would one day fulfill his dream.
As luck would have it, his wife (Sakshi Tanwar) delivers a baby girl. Mahavir is sad because he had hoped that God would bless them with a son. Anyway, the couple has another child but that is also a baby girl. The third and the fourth kids are, likewise, daughters.
Mahavir is now convinced that his dream would remain unfulfilled. Even though he loves his daughters very much, he has even over the years never been able to get over the fact that his unrealized dream of a gold medal would remain just that – unrealized.
One day, he sees that his eldest daughter, Geeta (Zaira Wasim), and second daughter, Babita (Suhani Bhatnagar), have beaten the neighborhood boys black and blue. This sets his mind ticking – he realizes that his girls are in no way less than boys and that his daughters could turn his long-cherished dream into reality.
From here, he begins rigorously training Geeta and Babita to become wrestlers. The two school-going girls have to bear the brunt of Mahavir Singh’s strict regimen for them and have also to face the taunts and barbs of people around them and in school for daring to venture in a male-dominated sport, that too, in a small town in Haryana. Geeta and Babita are trained so well that they win tournaments even against male wrestlers.
Soon, Geeta (Fatima Sana Shaikh) and Babita (Sanya Malhotra) grow up to become beautiful girls, now raring to go as wrestlers of national repute. Geeta gains entry into the National Sports Academy and begins to train under a new coach (Girish Kulkarni).
The film, a biopic, is based on a story idea by Divya Rao. The script is penned by Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Mehrotra. The story is brilliantly inspiring and has so many twists and turns and highs and lows that it keeps the audience’s eyes glued to the screen.
The screenplay is absolutely riveting. It has so much to offer that the viewers’ mind cannot wander for even a moment. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is an almost flawless screenplay from the point of view of the audience.
The first half abounds in light moments even as the strict Mahavir Singh Phogat relentlessly trains his daughters and sees them win at the juniors level. The tension and melodrama begin after the interval. While the family drama post-interval tugs at the heart-strings, the tension during the wrestling bouts often leaves the audiences biting their nails and tightening their abdomen muscles.
The last about half an hour of the film is so full of drama and tension that the viewers would not want to even blink their eyes if they can help it. The climax has a masterstroke angle to it (when Mahavir Singh Phogat hears a strain of music rent the air) and this will make the audience absolutely euphoric; the weak-hearted may even start crying with joy. Why people in cinema halls may even stand up during this scene!!