“Agar silver jeeti toh aaj nahi toh kal, log tanne bhool javenge”. Winning gold will plant us in history rather than winning a silver.
Geeta Phogat was once a much spoken name in sports arena, but now? I am not sure how many sports lovers remember the name. The first Indian women wrestler to win a gold medal in commonwealth games has once again become the talk of the country. This time with her father’s name Mahavir Singh Phogat’s name being prominent than hers. Credit goes to Nitesh, Amir and Team for bringing out a biographical film on their life.
“Dangal” the much awaited Amir Khan flick has hit the screens today (23rd December, 2016). It’s been 2 years since Amir Khan has been seen on screens. The wait has really hyped the expectation on his next movie and he didn’t let us down. Dangal will be remembered as one of the best sports based biographical films in the years to come.
The plot revolves around Mahavir Singh Phogat former Indian wrestler who was forced to bit good bye to wrestling. He dreams of making his daughter a wrestler and make her stand high with a gold medal in hand for the nation. Geeta the daughter chases her father’s dream. Was she successful in doing that? Forms the 160 minutes movie.
First of all we salute the whole Dangal team for their phenomenal effort, one of the best biographical film I have seen in recent times. Nitesh Tiwary has taken an entertaining documentary one should say. The real pain, emotion, struggle of a sportsman has been pictured to perfection (With a little of Bollywood pepper added to it).
Cricket has been the major sports in India (Even though our national game is Hockey), but this movie will plant wrestling in your hearts for sure (At least it will stop you changing TV channels if you see a wrestling match). The wrestling scenes were realistic and I felt like watching a real wrestling match instead of watching a movie. Even my heart made a 360 degree jump in the climax.
The initial scenes have set the movie well – No time consuming introductions – and the narration gets intense when Mahavir starts training his daughters to be a wrestler. Funny dialogues and comedy sequences with Geeta’s cousin were entertaining in the first half. The Haanikaarak Bapu song was so cute with the two daughters struggling to keep up with their father’s training. Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar who played the role of young Geeta and Bhabita have showcased exceptional acting.
The changes in Geeta’s attitude after entering NSA (National sports academy), the fight between the daughter and the father were unexpected one. Fatima Sana Shaikh, who played the role of Geeta Phogat has justified her role in every scene. Be it the scene where she tries to show her father is wrong or being emotional after understanding the truth she scores distinction
Sanya Malhotra (Babita Phogat), has been a cute addition to the scenes. The scenes where she feels pity for her father’s age, her trust on her father will make you like her more than Geeta J.
Amir Khan, no words to explain this man’s acting and dedication. He has once again proved that he is the Mr.Perfect of Bollywood. He has done his job with ease when being a strict father he really annoys us, when he cares for his daughters he impress us, in emotional scenes he makes us cry. He has been one of the greatest actors of all time. He was seen only once in a wrestling scene but for just one scene he has undergone an immense change in his physic (A standing ovation).
Nitesh Tiwary the man behind this emotional biographical film has done a great job. His detailing was the one I admired a lot. A scene were Amir Khan share the sweets (laddu) between his daughters, the scene when Amir serves chicken to his daughters and the small girl behind him watching the scene with two hands on her chins were so cute. The way he shot the wrestling scenes has to be the top notch. The moves of the wrestlers, the holds, the point system everything was captured superbly. I haven’t seen any other sports movie explaining the rules of the game so clearly to the audience.
The BGM and the songs are the feathers on the cap. The title song set the mood of the movie. Pritam has done a tremendous job. The visuals by Satyajit Pande and Setu are great. The editing by Ballu Saluja has narrated the story without a lag.
The negatives that I felt were the father being too arrogant on his daughters and in the second half the movie becomes predictable. Apart from the above the movie is another blockbuster of this year for sure. They have shows how a confident father can take his daughters to the peak of success. The dialogue “Your victory means the victory of thousands of women in India being treated as slaves” has given me Goosebumps (Feminism in one sentence). Final moment: Left the theatre with emotional tears and patriotic feel.
“Agar silver jeeti toh aaj nahi toh kal, log tanne bhool javenge” Amir Khan has defiantly won the gold medal.
Goosebumps review: There are many Goosebumps moments in the movie. The scene when the daughters understand their fathers care on them, the first win of Geeta, the semi final and the final are one among those. The movie is an emotional and real pain of a sportsman’s life. A must watch for sports lovers and family audience.(4.7 / 5)
Directed by: Nitesh Tiwari
Produced by: Amir Khan, Kiran Rao, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Satrring: Amir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh
Music by: Pritam
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios.
Running time: 160 minutes
Disclaimer: The review is my personal opinion. It is not meant to hurt anyone’s personal feelings.
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