After a lot of dropped chances at watching Dangal, finally got to watch it on Sunday at a highly unexpected theatre at Chengalpattu. It is natural for people to look forward for a biographical movie, given the the emotional connect they expect out of it. On that perspective, Dangal has hit on the bulls eye.And Dangal easily joins the likes of sports drama like Iruthi sutru (Saala Khaadoos).
The movie’s strength lies in the combo consisting of direction by Nithesh Tiwari, Music by Pritam, Cinematography by Sethu Sriram and of all, effortless performance from the whole crew of actors. Aamir khan’s acting as Mahavir singh phogat would remain one of those performances to look up-to to get inspired towards acting.
The transition of frustration and passion into pride and achievement could well be the one liner for Dangal. The movie starting off with Mahavir Singh fighting it out with himself over passion for wrestling and financial career sets the tone for the movie. From then on, the movie neither pauses nor looks back.The script moves effortlessly through a coming of age journey of a wrestler forced to leave his passion due to societal stigma. Mahavir Singh and his daughters tackling the very societal stigma to reach heights gives a touch of fulfilment to anyone who watches the movie. Dangal, apart from being a fierce wrestling drama has a high voltage emotional roller coaster ride neatly wrapped with in. The movie very much puts light on the patriarchal mindset we tend to have as a society in handling a situation or making a decision right from as small as cutting one’s hair to getting to worry only about their marriage in case of female kids.And the scenes building up to the prominence of Geeta Kumari in the local wrestling arena reflects the sheer arrogance the society shows towards women in public domain. Example being the comments passed on Geeta kumari’s first fight in wrestling tournament.
Adding to all these societal stigma’s that it showcases along it’s story line , the movie also promises a great deal of emotional outbursts. The relationship between Geeta and Babita., the duo with their mother and father are full of emotions. The scene involving the phone conversation between Geetha and Mahavir SIngh in the later part of the movie would remain an apt example for the same.
Though the movie would definitely be an inspiration to lot of aspiring people, still the creative liberty taken by the film makers in creating a movie is also a matter of concern. The recent trend of biographical movies have always left the audience in a state of no clear differentiation between real life events and fabrication of real life events. I hope, Dangal has not fabricated much of the instances just for the cause of commercial appeal as in some of the recent biographical ventures.
Overall, the life of Phogat sisters will remain to be an inspiration to lot of young kids all around the subcontinent.
#Dangal – The Fight.