When I heard about Dangal, the plot sounded similar to Sultan which had release few months earlier. However this movie is said to be inspired from the true story of Mahavir Singh Phogat.
The movie stars Amir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat as the wrestler who resigns himself to his desk job as he had to choose between earning money to follow his passion of wrestling.
However the passion refuses to die. His dreams of fulfilling it through his son could not happen as his wife bears him four daughters. He gives up on his dream until one day his two daughters end up beating up two boys.
That stirs up his passion as he aims to fulfill it through his daughters. Both of them who had to go through a strict rigorous plan at an early age. Geeta (Fatima Sana Shaikh) excels followed by her sister Babita (Sanya Malhotra).
The relationship between the father and daughter Geeta strains as she goes on the national level and her performance deteriorates. Family intervenes and relationship is back to being a healthy one.
However no movie can be complete without a villain in the form of the national coach Pramod Kadam. The coach techniques were different from Mahavir. However father won over the coach and daughter ends up winning the competition with the coaching from her father.
I must say that though the movie is projected as some kind of women empowerment and their achievements. It certainly is not given that the daughters were never given choices of their own. It was like the father wish being put on them to fulfill his desire. Quite a contradiction if you think about the movie Three Idiots.
The movie has been directed well that it keeps engrossed. However the writing was not that scripted well when they decided to introduce the national coach as a villain. It felt like he had a vengeance from the beginning.
Amir as usual was at his best. The new comers Fatima & Sanya too did their job pretty well. One of the underplayed character was perhaps of Sakshi Tanwar the mother of the daughters. Even though it was a small role, but she does leaves her mark.
The wrestling matches sure gets one going.
Its a one time watch movie.