Film Review Dangal
‘The primary duty of an artist or a filmmaker is to entertain people because we are not libraries or any syllabus to educate but with entertainment if you can enrich, aware and give the audience to think and debate about something then it is the best way to exercise your creative power’, this is the statement superstar Aamir Khan gave couple of years back and how many times so far this man has exercised his creative power in the best way, the answer will be 9 out of 10 times. His films are the conscience of the Indian cine goers on celluloid, his sense of script and his passion for filmmaking is impeccable and we all know that but what makes him completely different from others is his attitude of not compromising even in this competitive and often money minded mediocre industry. He continues to do what he wants to and for every other film he goes to every length to achieve the required result even if it takes 2 or 3 years, he has that patience and positive ethics of filmmaking. Talking about Dangal when I stepped in the theater I was excited to watch the movie of superstar Aamir Khan and just after 5 minutes into the film I lost Aamir and found Mahavir Singh Phogat, an aging wrestler with a tummy doing all sorts of things to make his daughters wrestling champions. He becomes the part and let the screenplay does the talking, I wonder how he manages that even after 29 years of superstardom, he is a great actor but above all he is a fearless artist.
I can easily say that it is the best sports biopic ever made in the history of Hindi cinema; on paper it had a great story and the screenplay written by Director Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Mehrotra is intelligently constructed. A film like this cannot be projected into the mainstream scenario of Bollywood but the presence of legendary Aamir Khan, the brilliance of the writers and focus of the director has made it possible in Dangal. I felt the movie is up there in the league of Hollywood biopic films such as Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland or Clint Eastwood’s Invictus etc. I don’t want to compare any film to it because it has its own life and soul in the right places which makes it entertaining, uplifting, inspiring and enriching. With this a director is born, Nitesh Tiwari, he is tight, articulate and brave in his direction and I want to see him go places with this film and after it. The music of the film by Pritam and lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya are added flavor which moves the narrative rather than disturbing it, the title track is sung by Daler Mehndi and Naina sung by Arijit Singh are my favorites. The cinematography of Sethu Sriram is absolutely brilliant and when a 2 hour 40 minutes film look small you know the editing is terrific and full marks to Ballu Saluja for it.
Sakshi Tanwar as Mahavir’s wife, Daya Kaur is so real and convincing; I am glad that casting director Mukesh Chhabra went with a team of actors who are born to play their respective parts in the film. Aparshakti Khurrana as Mahavir’s nephew Omkar is the Bollywood tadka in the film and trust me, he is more than superb as the comic relief and as young Omkar Ritwik Sahore is not an inch less. Girish Kulkarni as the jealous coach is the first rate.
But the real stars of the movie are the girls, Zaira Wasim and Fatima Sana Shaikh as the young and adult Geeta are just perfect, their screen presence is bang on, I wish Fatima grows on to be a big star actor in future, she is damn good. Sanya Malhotra as the adult Babita is sweet and effective while Suhani Bhatnagar as the young Babita is super cute. We all know Aamir Khan is a crazy artist and he can do anything for his roles but the kind of hard work the girls have done is extremely praiseworthy and commendable, they actually look like wrestlers. I cried a lot in the second half, going to watch it again tomorrow. Team Dangal has proved that a biopic can also be a family entertainer, this is a huge win for any film plus it’ll also glorify women and wrestling in the mass which is very much needed with that it’ll also give them importance.
Every art piece has its flaws but when it becomes invisible in front the overall finesse than, be sure you are watching a classic and Dangal is one of those films. It is nuanced, realistic and a no-nonsense film, I wanted to go with 4.5 stars but why to limit it, I’ll give 5 stars to salute the efforts of Aamir Khan, Nitesh Tiwari and team Dangal for such healthy mainstream film because we as an audience deserve this kind of cinema. I hope maximum eyeballs sees this important motion picture, so just go laugh, cry and get motivated. A new cult is born.
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