Directed by Nitesh Tiwari
Aamir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat
Sakshi Tanwar as Daya Shobha Kaur
Fatima Sana Shaikh as Geeta Phogat
Zaira Wasim as young Geeta
Sanya Malhotra as Babita Phogat
Suhani Bhatnagar as young Babita
Mohan's Measure * * * *
It's not too much of a stretch to say that Dangal is one of the most technically correct films of the year. It is so correct, it provides us with a detailed, exacting look at the rules and nuances of women's international wrestling.
The acting is also correct, so precise and well presented we are awestruck by the two young women who play the young Phogat sisters. Their emotions and expressions are natural and believable. And what can we say about Mr. Khan other than his acting brings us into the character.
The movie weakens with the arrival of the older girls. We wonder at their plastic faces and their stuffy self-assuredness.
It is this very lack of emotion which weakens the movie. We can only wonder what makes two young girls in a conservative village choose virtually androgynous lives to satisfy not their own dreams, but those of their father. What happens to their own sense of self, their need for companionship, their loves and marriage? The film suggests that it is better than the alternative of arranged marriage and life as a housewife. Neither, however, seems to be the choice of pursuing one's own dreams.
All this is passed on, as we are presented with some of the most amazing wrestling scenes ever shown on the silver screen. The rest is left for the audience to wrestle with.