Dangal - External Reviews

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Kudos to writing that got me hooked to wrestling for the last hour or so. This for a person who gets easily bored in wrestling films, let alone the sport itself.



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41 reviewers have given Dangal an average rating of 4.8/5.0 (?)

38 yays
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3 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Dangal may be confusingly cautious around popular notions on the parental front, but in the matter of sporting achievement it does not mince words: silver is second best, it tells us unequivocally, and there is nothing wrong in aiming for gold. In an India that remains doubtful about the virtues of ambition, in a world that continues to consider ambition a dirty word for women in particular, such clarity is remarkable and inspiring. ... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Dangal depicts an external struggle. Will Mahavir’s dream come true? There’s no suspense there, of course, and you wish a film with this predictable an arc had been shorter. But it’s a great story. It needed to be told. And it needed to be told this way, this very Indian way, with the most resonant use of a nationalistic song (the anthem) since the echo of Saare jahaan se achcha over the meeting of the brothers in Deewar. Mahavir’s dream wasn’t just about winning the gold. It was about winning the gold for a nation that doesn’t invest enough in its non-cricketing sporting stars, doesn’t reward them enough. Even without a Supreme Court injunction, you feel like saluting.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...However the one debate, DANGAL leaves you with….. is the choice between two kinds of father (or parents) you would like to be in your personal life. ... full review

Thumbs up by Barkha Bahar, Bolly Spice ...Dangal will no doubt encourage more women to participate in professional wrestling, but it will also inspire you to bring hard work and determination to make your own dreams come true. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, DANGAL is a masterpiece. A terrific film that stays in your heart and remains etched in your memory much after the screening has concluded. A brilliant film that restores your faith in Hindi cinema. Actually, it won’t be erroneous to state that DANGAL is the finest film to come out of the Hindi film industry in a long, long time and mark my words, it will be remembered as a classic in times to come. ... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar P. Joshi, Bollywood Life ...Dangal is the film of the year for me. It is brave, gritty, honest and has a performance of a lifetime by Aamir. Watch it because I can’t think of a better film that came out this year which got your attention with such intensity. And yes, I loved Sultan as well. But Dangal sort of won my heart over. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sweta Vinod, BookmyShow ...Rarely does a Hindi film come along that is pleasing on every front – from performances to script to music. And contrary to what people may think, this is not a lecture on women empowerment. It is a film that is entertaining as it is enlightening, and definitely one the whole family can and should watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle ...Dangal is the best feast on this Christmas and one can’t deny that the film is the best one of 2016. The film is recommended not only to Aamir Khan’s fans but also to the family audience who were awaiting a family drama that is high on emotions. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rahul Deo Bharadwaj, Desi Martini ...Go watch Dangal today , in fact push your new year holiday trip by a day and watch this one first. This saga deserves priority. From all of us who love bollywood. ... full review

Thumbs up by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini ... The movie is a tad too long I felt but it still engrosses you completely. You may not know anything about wrestling but you find yourself clapping and cheering Geeta on in every bout and hoping fervently she wins. That is the beauty of this movie. Dangal is sensitive yet fun, serious yet entertaining. It’s a wrestling bout where the audience is the winner. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Dangal breaks new ground for mainstream cinema and sports films. Pitch perfect performances , a delightful ensemble cast, a leading man not afraid to look ugly and sports shown right. This is how a good film looks like. ... full review

Thumbs up by Yatharth Chauhan, Desi Martini ...If Dangal was a wrestler and box office was its wrestling turf, I’d say the wrestler was going to make the turf his own, Bigtime! This is one of the very bests of 2016, an uncompromised gold medal! ... full review

Thumbs up by Prerna Singh, Desi Martini ... Dangal is a nice experience to watch. Not because I am saying it, but because it is well-made film. Go watch, you'll not regret.... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...End the year with this fantastic film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Dangal has everything that you’d ask from the perfect Hindi film. Its funny, dramatic, dark, serious, emotional all rolled into one seamless cinematic gem. It is the movie of the year. A film that deserves a standing ovation. A story so good that it will make you feel like a proud Indian. This is a truly special film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Ultimately this film belongs to Aamir and the girls (both sets) who play his daughters. Aamir’s big moment comes when he has to beg the SAI administration to reinstate his girls in the team while both sets of actors essaying the younger & older versions of Geeta and Babita are so breathtakingly vivid that it almost feels like we have been party to greatness. Despite the minor narrative faults, this film is a sincere, highly involving and warmly heartening experience – one that should not be missed! ... full review

Thumbs up by Ravi Kandala, fullhyd.com ...Go watch Dangal. In a year in which Indian sportswomen lifted the entire country's spirits with their performances, Dangal is the perfect icing on the cake. You will walk out with a smile on your face, and what better way than that to end the year? ... full review

Thumbs up by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...All said and done, DANGAL is not just a film, the finest movie to come out in recent years is an exhilarating experience that sees a conventional sports-movie getting an uplifting arc of women empowerment that penetrates the desire to be a fighter in life irrespective of what gender we belong to, powered by prize winning acts lead by Aamir Khan that can appeal way beyond the lovers of this genre and or the fans of the game of wrestling. ... full review

Thumbs up by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News ...If I had to pick faults, then I wish Tiwari had edited out the songs that sprang up. Songs that underlined Phogat family’s determination, winning streak and their ascent to the top could have been snipped. There’s also an unwanted twist — a rivalry between a sports academy coach and Phogat — that reeked of melodrama. But that’s a just a tiny ripple in an otherwise rock-hard, sturdy biopic. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...This could be Aamir’s best performance till date. Yes, even better than Lagaan. A man making his daughters chase his dream. He cries, frowns, gets angry, looks old and tired, but is definitely one of us. When he shakes his head helplessly, you see a father in him. When he gets into a brawl, he is the brother you always depended on. When he wants to see you win, you know you have to perform. It’s not just his pride, it’s yours as well. ... full review

So-So by Fatema Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...The film firmly stays with what it is about – story of a man who made his daughter a gold medallist female wrestler by sheer grit. It brings cheer in celebrating real life heroes while telling their story with heart and although short-lived, by the end that suffices.... full review

Thumbs up by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today ...Drop everything and watch Dangal this weekend. Welcome back to the big screen, Aamir Khan. The two-year wait has been totally worth it.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Overall, Dangal is one of the best films of 2016. Aamir’s performance and effort alone more than deserves the price of the movie ticket. It may not be a film that would be liked by those who seek an out-an-out entertainer, but Dangal is an experience that should not be missed. More so when 2016 has been a disastrous year when it comes to quality of films. ... full review

Thumbs up by ANISH MOHANTY, Kia Gia ...'Dangal' is a highly engaging and inspiring film that talks about issues in a very subtle manner and sends across a strong message without indulging in chest-thumping, preaching or any kind of self-assertion exercise. This is solid storytelling in a commercial format. ... full review

Thumbs up by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Dangal is inspiring, emotional and spellbinding. It is a ‘Dhakad’ film and a perfect end for 2016! A 4/5 for this. ... full review

Thumbs up by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Luckily, even as the Mahavir track becomes increasingly desperate, Dangal never loses interest in the girls. Tiwari, who made the charming Chillar Party, has a knack for getting younger actors to relax on-screen, and the four leads—Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar as the younger Geeta and Babita, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra as the older versions, respectively—respond beautifully to the physical and emotional demands of their parts. Apart from a few flashbacks in which he’s implausibly muscled up, Khan lumbers around a huge gut and an expression of supreme disgust. He’s never been the most natural of comic actors, but Dangal reveals something undeniable: he’s the perfect straight man. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...He is, as he's been appearing during Christmas for more than a few years now, the annual Santa Claus spreading cheer among Indian audiences, enticing you to enjoy a fine bout at the dangal, this time, and a wholly enjoyable ride in the theatre, yet again. Don't think I need to say more. You won't miss this anyway. ... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Dangal is humorous, inspiring, touching and realistic in the right places. Sport films about underdogs have always worked well in India as well as in Hollywood and when backed by powerful performances, solid writing and well-choreographed sport sequences (the wrestling sequences will have you on the edge of your seats and biting your fingernails for sure), there is no reason why a film will not work, demonetisation be damned! ... full review

Thumbs up Mumbai Mirror ...Whether it will be a bestseller or not, the Dangal book deserves to be watched with your children and later, kept on your shelf. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Dangal is an outright winner - a film that will pin you down and keep you in its grip all the way through. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, News18.com ...Dangal is not a perfect film, but then few films are. It’s overlong at 2 hours and 41 minutes, and it’s both simple and simplistic in places. But it’s a solid and satisfying watch, a well crafted look at what went into the creation of two sporting champions. It’s a film that makes the heart swell… when it isn’t pounding from all the excitement of the bouts. I’m going with four out of five. ... full review

Thumbs up by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com ...This film has tears, patriotic heart-swell, happiness, frustration, anger, pain and everything you expect from a sports film. But it is wrapped in gentle humor and that makes this film a must see. It is a great way to end the year and will get counted as one of the ten best films of 2016. ... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...India needs to watch this film for the way it puts the 'her' in 'hero.' ... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...From Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar to Jo Jeeta Wohi Geeta. And Babita. Now that's what I call a win-win. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in ...Nobody turns Mahavir down, and the movie pays handsome tribute to his obduracy. Every age produces the cinema it deserves, and with its insistence on absolute obedience to an authoritarian figure, Dangal is inadvertently a reflection of our times. Daddy truly does know best, and Dangal harbours no doubt whatsoever that his daughters are wise not to question him. ... full review

Thumbs up Sify Movies ...As a biopic, though one-dimensional, the film is well-packaged and presented in a realistic manner. Apart from a few predictable cinematic liberties, it lacks high-voltage drama and the entertainment quotient is dutifully obligatory. The plot keeps you engrossed right till the end and the climax, with the slow-motion shot of Geeta toppling her opponent, is exhilarating. ... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...However, even as the film touches a chord, it makes one compare and contrast it with other Indian sports films, and not just glowingly at that. While in its entirety, Dangal might feel like a competent, rounded product with just the right emotional masala, it still didn’t leave me satisfied enough. Is it because the film is too straightforward and totally unsurprising? ... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Music director Pritam and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya manage an earthy soundtrack with Daler Mehndi’s title track pumping up the adrenaline. Also, the soft track Gilheriyaan, the Haryanvi rap and hip-hop Haanikarak Bapu and the Dhakaad number, are in perfect tandem with the narrative. ... full review

So-So by Saumil Gandhi, Upper Stall ...He is known to take chances with the choice of films he associates himself with. If there was anyone who could take a sports film in India, and make it a Moneyball instead of a Lagaan, it would be him. But Dangal is not that film.... full review

Thumbs up by Rummana, yahoo! India ...This one is a must watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM ...Our verdict? Do watch the film with your family, there are many slice-of-life dialogues and hard-hitting moments which will bring out the spirit of national fervour in you. 'Dangal' will surely inspire young India. ... full review