“Biopic of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Babita Kumari Phogat and Geeta Kumari Phogat. Geeta Phogat was India’s first female wrestler to win at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where she won the gold medal while her sister Babita Kumari won the silver.”
^This is a known fact to all! Now how does one retell this story that it lingers and troubles and inspires and urges to dream?
The answer is Dangal.
You know sometimes if a scene is driven with the right emotions, flawless performances and crisp dialogue, even convenient writing here and there can be effortlessly overlooked. Such is the magic of Dangal!
The moment the movie started it had my undivided attention.
On the writing front, Nitesh Tiwari’s writing team has done its magic again – hilarious dialogue from time to time, crisp scenes (sometimes as less as one dialogue scenes), they even pulled off a narration throughout the movie. One saw heavy streaks of the unsaid blue-print of writing a well structured and emotionally connecting screenplay from a ‘Rajkumar Hirani film’.
Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain, Nikhil Mehrotra and Nitesh Tiwari have indulged into every scene, every character, every emotion and brought out the best of them all. Some conflicts are predictable but not the ‘oh c’mon kinds’ but the ‘oh let’s see how it is done though’ kinds. Gripping, engaging with a subtle and nuanced take on patriarchy and feminism.
Felt like after a long time a sports film has matched up to the superiority of a Chak de! India
Pritam is on a roll or what! Goose-bumpy music. I’m in awe of Amitabh Bhattacharya’s genius. God I’m so glad he didn’t pursue singing, the world would have missed out on his words.(Although, he has a soulful voice. So he must sing too.) His lyrics have doubled the thrill of the film.
Coming to the performances, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar were magical! All four of them have done great justice to their parts. The hardwork and dedication they must’ve put in prepping for these roles is evident on the big screen. Their diction, body language and expressions are on point! Cannot wait to see more of them.
Sakshi Tanwar is the perfect cast for the mother. She’s soft and stern all at once. Always a delight to watch.
Aamir Khan is a visual treat and he’s nailed it yet again!
Nitesh Tiwari‘s work is so inspiring and motivating. Want to see and learn more and more from his work.