Friday, December 30, 2016

Dangal - Movie Review

Aamir Khan is back to doing what he does best - the sports drama. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar had that wonderful bike race, Ghulam and boxing, Lagaan and cricket, Dangal and wrestling. The ageing wrestler who wants his daughters to win an international gold medal for India that he could not achieve (based on true life story of Mahavir Singh Singh Phogat and his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat), Dangal is among the best sports dramas we have seen on the Indian screen. Honest, simple and straightforward story telling.

Aamir Khan is as good as he gets. But the movie's highlight was the way the wrestling matches were shown - its wrestling of the highest level. The girls especially Fatima Sana Shaikh who gets more action in the ring, and Sanya Malhotra were brilliant in their preparation and there are no tricks - they prepared and showed what they prepared for. Incredible. For that matter even Aamir Khan looks every inch a pahelwan all through.

If anything works in creative work, honesty does. Dangal works for its honesty.

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