Movie Review: Dangal

By Rakshita Nagayach

Since the release of the trailer, every single person has been waiting for Dangal to hit the cinema screens, and the wait had indeed been worth for. Despite all the opposition for Aamir Khan for his ‘intolerance’ comments, the charm of the movie has been powerful enough to hush down the noises, all at once.

The movie begins with a quick pace, portraying Mahavir Singh Phogat’s desire for a wrestler son, fathering four daughters, and preparing them to be world-class wrestlers.

Characters Geeta and Babita Kumari Phogat have been peerlessly played by both the child actresses, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar, and Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra as adult sisters, respectively. The casting team has done an admirable job; Girish Kulkarni playing the national coach, Sammar as the sisters’ close cousin, Sakshi Tanwar as Daya Shobha Kaur, all bring the characters to life with their flawless acting. Coming to Aamir Khan’s performance, the PL actor proves that he and only he can bring justice to his characters, movie, and the audience this amazingly.

The six-minute each span of two wrestling matches in the climax is no less than an actual international level wrestling match in case of originality. Both her actresses have been trained extensively to keep the genuinity of the female wrestlers. The fact that Sanya Malhotra (playing Babita) was trained for 5 months despite having a50-second fight scene ion the film is yet another characteristic of Mr. Perfectionist’s movie.


The background music is bang-on, and it would be really unfair to especially mention Amitabh Bhattacharya for the rib-tickling lyrics of ‘Haanikaarak Bapu.’ ‘Gilehriyaan’ is a soft, melodious song that wouldn’t take much time to become your subconscious chant. ‘Dhaakad’ and ‘Dangal’ title track are both peppy and a really good choice for workout music.
The biopic moves at a good pace all throughout and holds the audience till the climax, which for sure will give you goosebumps. The cinematography is near perfect; neither too flashy nor too dull. The costume team has done good research on the early 90s clothing in the inner villages of Haryana. Director Nitesh Tiwari has added freshness to the dialogues with the sarcastic tone and narration as well.

All in all, Aamir Khan has come up with yet another masterpiece, and you really cannot afford to miss it. Dangal is the kind of movies we’re blessed with once in a decade.


Reviewed by Rakshita Nagayach, you can follow more of her writings at

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