Aamir Khan is my male Beyonce! He never ceases to amaze me with many of his inspiring films and superb acting. It all started after watching 3 Idiots, Laagan, Taare Zameen Par/ Every Child is Special, PK and now Dangal. I think it's the best film I have seen this year that tackles various social and political issues. So for you who have not seen it yet, now is the time!
Dangal (meaning wrestling) is a story of a great wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat (played by Aamir) who never had his chance to win gold medal for his country because well, lack of funds and support from the government and his own father. He then worked a regular job to sustain a family, hoping that one day a son can fulfil his dream to win gold for the country. Unfortunately, all he has was four daughters.
One day, an unexpected turn of events got his hopes up when he discovered that two of his daughters, Geeta and Babita (played by Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhtnagar) can actually fight. Mahavir came to realization that a gold is a gold; whether a son brings it or a daughter. Thus, begins his adventures training his daughters to win gold for their country, while wrestling society's old prejudices.
The movie was close to perfection. No wonder why it's one of the highest earning non-english films in global box office history. It's suitable for all ages, genders religions and races. It was engaging and yet emotional. A good mix of excitement and drama by incorporating wrestling sports and conflicts in the family. I highly commend the director by making the whole 2 hours and 40 minutes movie exciting to watch. The scenes are so so good and the soundtrack added more power to it.
Another thing I like about Dangal is that many issues were tackled, like feminism. Dangal was actually very feminist, in a way. But at the same time highlighted the importance of men in building women up. Yes, a lot of scenes were focused on Mahavir as a coach and father. But these scenes gave emphasis on how he pushed his daughters to gain strength and not masculinity. He wanted his daughters to not only win gold but also change how people think about women.
Well, the movie ended very well as I expected though a lot of twist and exhilarating scenes along the way. And I wouldn't mind watching it again.
What about you? Have you seen Dangal yet? I'm pretty sure you would thank me for recommending it.