Dangal’s early reviews are out and as expected this Aamir Khan-starrer has received positive reviews. A few Bollywood celebrities and critics, who watched the film at a special screening on Monday, praised the film and the lead actors of the film. Dangal, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, is a biographical drama starring Aamir as Mahavir Singh Phogat. The film is about how wrestler Phogat teaches his daughters Geeta Phogat (played by Fatima Sana Shaikh) and Babita Kumari (played by Sanya Malhotra) wrestling and how they fulfil his dream to win a gold medal for India.
The film has already created a positive trade buzz before the release and now the positive reviews are helping the hype to increase. Critics and celebrities have tweeted praising the film. Filmmaker Kunal Kohli tweeted saying that Aamir can get Oscar for his performance as Phogat, while journalist and film critic Anupama Chopra said that the film is moving and empowering. While Aamir is in the driver’s seat in Dangal, Fatima pushes the vehicle forward. Her months of training are visible on screen. In the slo-mo sequences, Fatima is like a leopard. The wrestling scenes are choreographed so well, they look close to real.
Sanya Malhotra doesn’t have a lot to do apart from cheering for her sister from the audience. Child actors Zaira and Suhani hold their own in this motley cast with a heavyweight like Aamir at the top. Aparshakti Khurrana, narrator and Mahavir’s nephew, gets a lot of laughs. Pritam’s music is used as a narrative device, and the songs don’t affect the pace. Apart from Gilheriyaan and the title track, Dangal, no other track stands out because they are more part of the story than songs. Drop everything and watch Dangal this weekend. Welcome back to the big screen, Aamir Khan. The two-year wait has been totally worth it
Director Nitesh Tiwari, backed by Aamir Khan, brings alive Mahavir’s solo battle against societal norms. Dangal credits Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Meharotra as its writers. In the writing lies the strength of Dangal. Aamir Khan literally lives Mahavir Singh Phogat. From the chiselled young wrestler to the greying middle-aged father, he carries the story on his shoulders, with ample help from Sakshi Tanwar who plays his wife and reel daughters.
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