Dangal is the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat from Balali in Haryana. The wrestler is consumed by the desire to see his son win gold for the country. But as fate would have it, he has four children but all daughters. When his young daughters Geeta (Zaira Wasim) and Babita (Suhani Bhatnagar) beat up the neighbour’s sons for calling them names, Mahavir sees there’s fight in them.
Director Nitesh Tiwari, backed by Aamir Khan, brings alive Mahavir’s solo battle against societal norms. Dangal credits Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Meharotra as its writers. In the writing lies the strength of Dangal. Aamir Khan literally lives Mahavir Singh Phogat. From the chiselled young wrestler to the greying middle-aged father, he carries the story on his shoulders, with ample help from Sakshi Tanwar who plays his wife and reel daughters.
While Aamir is in the driver’s seat in Dangal, Fatima pushes the vehicle forward. Her months of training are visible on screen. In the slo-mo sequences, Fatima is like a leopard. The wrestling scenes are choreographed so well, they look close to real.
Sanya Malhotra doesn’t have a lot to do apart from cheering for her sister from the audience. Child actors Zaira and Suhani hold their own in this motley cast with a heavyweight like Aamir at the top. Aparshakti Khurrana, narrator and Mahavir’s nephew, gets a lot of laughs. Drop everything and watch Dangal this weekend. Welcome back to the big screen, Aamir Khan. The two-year wait has been totally worth it.