Our friend, Ranjana Chopra, recently invited us to see an Indian movie in her lovely home. We chose Dangal, a biopic about Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters, Geeta and Babita. Mahavir (Aamir Khan) is a former wrestler who had to forego his sport to support his family. Even though he is living out his dreams through his children he also gives them a future full of choices. Training also allows them to form a close relationship, which is uncommon in their culture. It is interesting to see the girls learn to appreciate their father as they grow from young girls (Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar) to young women (Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra). As Geeta and Babita begin to embrace their training, they become more confident and competitive. Mahavir endures the taunts of his village and wrestling peers while having continued confidence and pride in his daughters. The matches are exciting and visceral, I felt myself holding my breath. When Geeta begins training with Coach Kadam (Girish Kulkarni) she seems to lose her edge, which returns when she reconnects with her father. The relationship between the father/coach and the National coach demonstrates how small and petty men can be. The original music gives depth to the storyline.
We had delicious snacks and a lovely afternoon. Thank you, Ranjana.
Our Rating for Dangal:
Former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression.
Dangal Q & A
|Principle Cast||Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar|
|Screenwriter||Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain|
|Production Companies||Aamir Khan Productions, UTV Motion Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures India|
|Run Time||161 minutes|
|Genre||Drama, Action, Biography|
|Premier||December 21, 2016|