Dangal: Highway Reel Film Review

Dangal shatters all stereotypes and leaves you in awe! 

Starring – Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra

Director – Nitesh Tiwari

Rating – 4.5/5

Aamir Khan is known to be a ‘perfectionist’ with good reason. Dangal may have taken over two years to make but the film proves that he is indeed a man with the Midas touch.

The story is based on the life of former wrestler and coach Mahavir Singh Phogat, (played by Aamir Khan) who beautifully essays the role of a father, teacher, trainer and most importantly a mentor. Based in the North Indian state of Haryana, his journey depicts an emotional father-daughter relationship that breaks all gender stereotypes in this patriarchal society.

Throughout his life, Phogat believed that only a son could win the coveted gold medal he desired, but he was blessed with four daughters instead. It took him a while to realise that even his daughters could do what a son couldn’t. And then there was no turning back. Fighting against all odds, Phogat coaches his two daughters with just one goal in mind — to win the top medal for India.

Initially,  when Phogat forces his daughters to take up wrestling, his ruthlessness is appalling. But director Nitesh Tiwari makes a powerful argument through the course of the narrative giving him good reason to do so.

Aamir Khan truly gives an Oscar-worthy performance. Right from his physical transformation within the film to nailing the Haryanvi accent, he spells magic once he comes on screen. The actor has set a benchmark and how!

The four debutante girls will give all the current actresses a run for their money. Zaira Waseem and Suhani Bhatnagar who played the young Geeta and Babita Poghat transition from homely girls to feisty wrestlers with ease. Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra were effortless in their acting as they excelled in their roles. For the little screen-time that she had, Sakshi Tanwar manages to pull off a convincing act.

With every aspect, from the background score, choreography of fight scenes and locations to enhancing the story, you can’t point out a single flaw in the film.

Supriya says: Dangal will not only leave you awestruck but also with a new sense of patriotism. You just cannot afford to miss this one. Head to a theatre now!

Supriya Nair

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