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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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Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Running time: 160 minutes
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Just the number of social topics that Dangal touches upon could've worked against the film. Many a film that has tried this, has suffered from spreading itself too thin for its own good. But Dangal builds one theme on another relentlessly. It even lets some of them run in parallel - all without losing sight of any single one – at the same time it creates and retains my interest in a sport, the existence of which is otherwise incomprehensible to me.

It is almost amusing that the movie turns a house of woman objectification into a study room to empower a woman.

This is not to say that it is not as predictable as any underdog story. That it is. In fact, you know how the last fight will end, and when the national anthem plays at the beginning you get an inkling of exactly how the audience is expected to react to that last fight. The beauty is that I didn't mind it. I didn't mind the precious run-time spent on the usual rigorous training montages that go with this genre. I didn't mind the usual “success goes to underdog's head” phase. I didn't mind the occasional slack in pace. I didn't mind sitting through almost an hour of only and only – wrestling matches. This is so because at any given point there are lots of things at play and they all weave together seamlessly.

In fact, all my apprehensions - about an Aamir Khan film becoming more about Aamir Khan than the subject matter that he has taken to heart - melted with the first two scenes. The humor took me in. Sure, the laughs don't stay long. They dissipate along with Mahavir Singh Phogat's (Aamir Khan) hopes of having a son. But, stronger themes like passion, woman empowerment, angst against system, take hold – none of which are new, but all are sewed together into a story that make you root for its protagonist.

The protagonist here is not Mahavir Singh Phogat, it is his daughter – Geeta Kumari Phogat (Zaira Wasim followed by Fatima Sana Shaikh). You empathise with her when her dad's aspirations are forced on her, you sympathise with her when she tries to wing out of her father's shadow. For a lot of the journey, even though Mahavir Phogat is in the scene, your focus is on her.

It is a pleasant surprise to see Aamir Khan let the other characters take center stage - even if it is a side character like Mahavir's wife or his nephew – while he maintains his own screen presence.. The actor himself does well from being athletic to pot-bellied. It is almost as if he shot the younger-Mahavir scenes while he was shooting for Dhoom 3. Physique aside, we completely register Mahavir's frustration, anger, joy, conceit, hurt ego, pride. Some parts even convince you that the actor might be this tyrannical in real life too.

The rest of the cast – including Fatima Sana Shaikh – are all so refreshing. From Sakshi Tanwar to Girish Kulkarni to Sanya Malhotra to Aparshakti Khurrana (Thank you, @Minu Nair for the name!) - they all fit in perfectly. It is exhilirating that off late, across films, actors are getting better and better at their jobs, even if the other departments of the film fail them. Fortunately, that's not true of Dangal.

From the diet consultants to prosthetics (maybe?), from the dialect tutors to the writing department, from the fight choreographers to the music and lyrics, and a lot in between – all work in sync and towards one goal, that of making a good, focused film. Sure, the music might not have repeat listening value, but it works beautifully within the context of the film.

all my apprehensions - about an Aamir Khan film becoming more about Aamir Khan than the subject matter that he has taken to heart - melted with the first two scenes.

Above all, it is held together by the writing department. At its root, Dangal is a sports story that spends a lot of time on the back-story. But equally strong is its theme of enabling women. While some of the “tips” to have a boy might amuse us as city-dwellers, I have been told some even more ridiculous tricks to make sure I have a son. It is difficult to shrug it away as funny when I know people who haven't been able to get away with having “just” daughters.

It adds on the philosophy of “perspective” through the plight of a young 14-year old girl who's being married off. While still on the issue of exasperating, gender-related bias, the movie manages to comment on how something that makes business sense goes through despite societal outrage against wrestling girls. It is almost amusing that the movie turns a house of woman objectification into a study room to empower a woman.

Closer to home, a parenting struggle that I go through day in and day out is brought to the fore. To push a child beyond her breaking point so that she achieves what I see as her potential or to let her be and blossom the way her personality drives her? What takes priority – my son losing his childhood to achieve greatness or him taking his time to figure out if he wants anything extra-ordinary for himself?

As their characters build in the story, you wonder whether the clash is between father and daughter as personalities or whether it is that between a usual, teenage know-it-all and an obstinate, aging old man. While Mahavir claims that he passed on his wrestling genes to his daughters, is he aware that he passed on his egoistic genes too. He might be passionate about the sport and acing the sport for his country. But is she? For her it might just be about proving her father wrong – or right.

Dangal hits such a sweet blow on the situation of sports in the country. While it seems like it is a contest between national-coach and father-coach, it is actually a comment on how inadequate the coach appointed by the ministry truly is.

Sure, some of these story elements might have been dramatised to arouse these particular emotions. Fortunately, the drama is kept at its minimal. I'll leave the thought, “Why do filmmakers think even that much drama is necessary?” to another day.

As if this weren't enough, one tiny directorial decision wins the movie for me. In the moment when an underdog needs inspiration, he/she sees a montage of flashbacks and hears quotable quotes that he/she has heard recently in the film. These quotes in hindsight seem like they were placed to inspire at precisely that right moment. No, of course not, Dangal doesn't skip this moment. But, the montage of flashbacks it uses are things, we as an audience, haven't seen earlier. Not all of them are those that were shown to us, just a few minutes ago. They are things that happened years ago in the characters life, that we weren't made privy to. This is so rare in films (not just Hindi films), that I can't resist this extra 150-word paragraph. Yes, it is not remotely enough to make a film “great”, but it makes me “love” a film from “liking it a lot”.

Beyond this, Dangal made me look forward to the next wrestling match, even if it were in a film. It doesn't go all technical on me, but I get the rules and my heartbeats fluctuate with Geeta's wins and losses. It is amusing, if not a shame that a cricket analogy had to be used to make a point. But, it brings home the point that whether or not the characters are able to pronounce the word, any sport is made lovable for its “strategy” more than the strength required to win – a strategy that willingly goes for a hand-to-hand battle with bad luck.

I am so glad that my skepticism of Aamir Khan films has been proven wrong. Whether or not I agree with Mahavir's parenting, I will watch this one again with my kids - soon.

- meeta, a part of the audience

40 reviewers(?) - 37 yays 3 so-so 0 nays

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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 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

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

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

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

Thumbs up, by Ritika Handoo, Zee News : ...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

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

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

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

132 tweeters(?) - 128 yays 1 so-so 3 nays

Youngisthan_H: इनकी माने तो आमिर खान फिल्म ‘दंगल’ के लिए जीत सकते है ऑस्कर! #Dangal https://t.co/NcblnaRCL8

yohomiesalman: Dangal is an amazing movie

yasuraj01: Saw #Dangal yesterday what a movie just outstanding,it is better than the Salman's #Sultan!

whomilantern: #Dangal What an excellent movie it is, cant describe in words, @aamir_khan once the perfectionist always the perfectionist

vkexpress: Dangal. Guys you can't afford to miss it. Bollywood' best in 2016.

vishalwadhwa: #Dangal is amazing. Must watch for every girl. @aamir_khan Plays a amazing Father. Girls are Heroes !! Its just Father & Girls throughout.

vijay989474: # Dangal best Movie in Amir k# https://t.co/lbKVnxXDe3

vedanti87: #Dangal .Must Watch!!!!! Superb Movie.

VarshaGopal_VG: Saw #Dangal Wow wow wow. It's been so long since I've been so satisfied cinematically. Loved everyone, everything. @aamir_khan

V6_Suresh: What a Mindblowing film.! Kudos to @aamir_khan.,Perfectionist for a Reason.

Umair_Mushtaq00: When it comes to #AAMIRKHAN then no one can beat him as an Actor. He can do anything...!!! #Dangal was a mind blowing movie...!!!

Toheed_sayyed: Today at morning I saw #Dangal awesome work done by all actors but my fav.. was @aamir_khan ji loved your acting

Tirth2008: Another @aamir_khan 's ATBB movie is on the way.Hatsoff to the entire star cast of #Dangal @fattysanashaikh @sanyamalhotra07

Thineshreddy17: Dangal, a strong film on women empowerment. Brilliant movie! #Dangal

thethisanjit: Watched Dangal....fantastic movie. Its a directors cut..made the best out of the complete unit. But, NOTING CAN BEAT "SULTAN"

TheOmkarSethi: One thing I really really loved about #Dangal is that makers didn't exaggerated scenes for commercial reasons. They kept it REAL Wrestling!

thecorpcommguy: Take a bow... @aamir_khan #dangal is the mona Lisa of Indian movies. Pristine, entertaining, patriotic, inspiring. Simply amazing

Thathappimess: WHATTAY MOVIE THIS!! Goosebumps and how! Must must watch Dangal!

thatdarkcoffee: There's so much beneath the layers of these characters that make Dangal such an extraordinary film.

Tejvir_singh007: The jokes and comedic timing is on point in this movie. #Dangal

TejuKolhapure: A happy end to a happy year #dangal made the year end even better ... respect for @aamir_khan super performances and

tanaybhatt007: Gosh! What a film.. emotional and so inspiring & entertaining...#Dangal! Feel like a novice. So much to learn!

swatidgr: #dangal inspirational movie.The makers of #sultan shud learn girl is nt born to make sacrifice.stop shwng it in movies#Proud of @aamir_khan

Sukhman_10: Just Watch #Dangal WOW What a Master class from Amir Khan #MUSTWATCH

stevAYZ: #Dangal #Dangal #AwesomeMovie #Dhakad

srinidhirao: Saw Dangal.an amazing movie..@aamir_khan ne Dangal me Mangal kar diya.after a long time the movie buff in me is fully satisfied...burppppp

srimaya_rath: #Dangal is a super duper watch! Kudos to @aamir_khan for his movie selection. Geeta and Babita are awesome in their characters as well.

sidhunamdharig: # Dangal very nice movie

ShubhamLovelove: #Watched #Dangal with my Mates, what a beautiful film, a must watched film, definitely best of 2016. @aamir_khan you are terrific

shobhitparmar: #Dangal what fantastic story picturized beautifully..Hats off!!

shivam99agrawal: Plans for #Dangal #the_best_movie #the_best_actor... @aamir_khan

shipra_suman: Best movie of the year #Dangal #inspirational #StoryLine

shetty_anish: Film of the year! @aamir_khan's #Dangal will win ur heart over with its simple narrative n exemplary performances.

sheiknaaz: Saw #Dangal last night... such a nice movie.. Congrats @aamir_khan and the whole team who work behind this movie...

sdghoghari: Dangal.........superb movie thanxs to aamir sir n d whole team ........love u A.K sir

sauravbhanot: do NOT miss #Dangal ! Film of the year, there's been no cinematic experience quite as powerful as this one. @aamir_khan you're a genius!

satsensingh: Just watched #Dangal. Very inspiring n excellent movie. Superb acting as usual by @aamir_khan and the whole cast of the movie. #MustWatch

Santosh_kk: Tweet of the year. Awesome :) #Dangal #sultan https://t.co/V5xUIizKwd

santi_rai: #Dangal #AAMIRKHAN done it again...

samarmumbaikhan: WOW !!!!! Like WOW .... a good film finds its audience #Dangal https://t.co/EdAo2ZOIcI

Sahu88Rishi: Dangal,Aamir khan enthralled his audience again,exemplary work,blow on patriarchal society...loved it

SahilParmartd: #Dangal ! A must watch film of 2016..... All the best #amirkhan

sagar1754: #jaipur-DANGAL osam movie..plz must watch dangal movie @aamir khan

Rohaan_: Ab shuru #Dangal ! #niteshtiwari is brilliant, #amirkhan is inspiration! #sakshitanwar ma'am is… https://t.co/HYZwuwh5j8

regal_prashanth: Superb film sir... beautiful...HATS OFF @aamir_khan and so good bgm by pritam da...and the girls/ladies TERRIFIC...#Dangal

ratankumar53: #Dangal is great movie....

ranzzit: #Dangal was really good. Great casting & prep work. Matches looked authentic. Loved the younger Geeta :) https://t.co/5OnAj4JmMq

rajattrivedi23: Dangal !!! What a movie. Awesome. Dedicated to all the girls who aspire to be a sportsperson and dad's who dream of gold for the country.

Rabaail: Not a big bollywood fan but #Dangal is worth a watch for sure. Well done @aamir_khan

ra_p97: Dangal! Dangal ! #goodmovie

PrudhviNani89: #Dangal best sports movie ever made in Indian movies.. kudos to the entire team..

Parwejsawan: Dangal movie Is Very fantastic...

pagalipayal: Every girl should watch this movie #Dangal This movie is a must watch... A must must watch @aamir_khan only u can do this sir

npreads: Saw #Dangal last night... each character justified their roles so well.. yet another @aamir_khan masterpiece.. 1/2 #MerryChristmas

Nikstrade: #Dangal is so perfect Superlative writing n Direction ,, @niteshtiwari22 @aamir_khan @disney

nihal32: One of d best movies I ever saw may b d best Inspirational Gripping.. Entertaining..The cast of #dangal nailed it..… https://t.co/pnHOY6fpAT

nich518: #Dangal is a masterpiece that is neat and is nothing short of an audience's delight. @niteshtiwari22 , take a bow _/\_.

NaniNanikoj: Must watvh movie #Dangal

mubashirmedekar: #Dangal @aamir_khan loved the movie. You truely deserves the salutation Perfectionist..

Mr_shaha: Those last twenty minutes of #Dangal mind blowing..You will feel like you were in a stadium

mithilesh17: Watched #Dangal.. what a brilliant movie it is!! as always @aamir_khan made #Christmas very very spl like vry vry s… https://t.co/XYFsWTD3ZY

minohil: Dangal was so good 5 thumbs up

marahatta28: #Dangal what a movie,this movie made once in lifetime,salute the team

Madan1242: Goosebumps #Dangal

latamurali: What a brilliant movie #Dangal. Awesome performances by the whole cast. Didnt think of @aamir_khan as an actor. He was MahavirSinghPhogat!

kumarayyagari: The #wrestling in #dangal looks so real..didn't look like anyone was acting at all ! Absolutely loved the film and all the actors!

kumar_sangili: #Dangal - 5/5. One in a Billion! https://t.co/MLho2dBSz4 by #bosssiva via @c0nvey

kp_kp30385: Incredible movie. Go watch everyone

kjawale: Another awesome by #amirkhan. #dangal

KiranManral: Out of the theatre. Of all the movies I've seen this year, Dangal is hands down the best. No competition.

KeshavKrVerma: My Rating for Dangal --- 3.5/5

Kamineycation: #Dangal movie is not just about #wrestling it also shows father-daughters loving relationship & how to thing big...Rating-4/5..A must watch

jyotiginger: For year 2016 I loved two films in my memory diary 1) Shivaay 2) Dangal

jayeshughade: #Dangal is for @aamir_khan what #ChakDeIndia was for @iamsrk . Leaves you on a high and makes you feel proud.

jameelakthar444: imotional kar diya @dangal ne lovely move https://t.co/H5K83WDHdo

J_Shanujan: #Dangal - MASTERPIECE

itsSharukh: Dangal rate 9/10

itshammadd: Dangal is hands down the best film of 2016. I enjoyed it throughout, didn't get bored and I don't know what to say negative about the film

isatishyadav: हैरान हूं, अभी तक हरियाणा सरकार ने #Dangal को टैक्स फ्री नहीं किया ? #Haryana के लोगों की जीवनशैली और संघर्ष को दर्शाती शानदार फिल्म दंगल।

imAnubhav_2611: #Dangal is entertaining. #Dangal is emotional. #Dangal is patriotic. #Dangal is everything one craves for in a bollywood movie.

imaftab524: Dangal movie is the nice movie in my life

igippygrewal: Dangal A MASTERPIECE. A must watch film with family...

idrisSimz: #dangal superb mve every Indian paka vendiya movie

iAnkitbhargav: #Dangal imotional ride, outstanding

Iamshrirahul: Last night saw #Dangal certainly a good movie. Great story & once again brilliant performance by Mr. @aamir_khan & other artists.

iampalki: The best film ....a brilliant movie.....excellent performances Nothing quite suffices in praising this film experience......#DANGAL

iAlok83: #Dangal It will leave you speechless... It is a masterpiece..

i_amspa: #Dangal-@aamir_khan never ceases 2 impress&rises the bar with every film.Great film by the entire team.#Dangal impresses as well as inspires

himanshu21511: #Dangal @aamir_khan has outdone himself

himaly_mehta: #Dangal has made #wrestling all the more cool for me! A good movie after a long time! P.S. might chokeslam few ppl now

Hbrar01: What a brilliant movie #Dangal

hazardous_sam: Dangal 1st half One word- terrific Such emotions.was at the edge of my seat every time.already having goosebumps

gurucharan: #Dangal is a masterpiece movie. Perfectly Crafted. For me, its the best sports based movie out of Bollywood.Must watch 4every wresting lover

goutamdey16: Every one has done superb in #Dangal. Its a must watch movie guys. Don't miss it. @aamir_khan @_PVRCinemas

FirasFadzil: What makes #Dangal even better is, it is a true story..a near perfect movie. Doesnt feel like 3hrs in the cinema as i enjoyed it..9/10.

ErManikSharma: #Dangal wat a film Loved all character, including the 'Close Cousin' Well explained & great making from the whole team #Aamir #Sakshi

EffectiveAtul: Only one word, which comes to my mind, about #Dangal - LAZAWAB. @aamir_khan

dalminder95: Still can't get over Dangal! What a masterpiece.

CrazyMurali: One of the finest movie i ever seen #Dangal Salute to @aamir_khan #Dangal girls truly inspiring, Decade of the movie

chota_packet91: #Dangal what a film @aamir_khan and @niteshtiwari22 must watch!!

Chcha_Chaudhary: #Dangal is filled with so many emotions that reach directly to your heart. @aamir_khan Sir, respect for you has incresed way too much..

chanduallala: Watched #Dangal Excellent movie with good mix of emotions, performance wise #AmirKhan lived up to Expectations, he lived in that character.

Chandan3: Watched #Dangal yesterday. What a powerful movie with just superb acting from #AmirKhan and the girls #Sana #Zaira and #Sanya. Marvellous!!

bhartianand: We enjoyed #dangal. Superb movie. We can't stop laughing on dialogue. @aamir_khan great acting

BejawadaKurrodu: When an Indian movie is sold out and ends with the audience applauding, you know it's an Aamir Khan movie.

athirahrazi: Best movie Dangal ni, bleh motivated diri #dangal #amirkhan #geeta #babita

asthanakamit: Watched #Dangal , an #epic #masterpiece by @aamir_khan , a #mustwatch ... #Salute to #womenpower

ArvindS82049017: Dangal is too good movie I think aal body wach

apurva_purohit: #Dangal Stupendous ! Must see !

anusha566: I'm out of words ..Once again it's proved that father is the backbone of every successful girl # Dangal # hats off to strong Father's

Anupama712: Stellar performances by entire cast & impeccable story telling highlights #Dangal but the girls just stole the thunder completely. Hats off

AnnSil1: #Dangal.... raw talent Aamir Khan, just no words to describe... #Super #Amazing (y) https://t.co/HyzAcZUcXs

ankurattan: Brilliant performances @fattysanashaikh @zairawasim @sanyamalhotra07 @suhanibhatnagar # Dangal .. keep up the good work ..Girls..

AnitGurang: Dangal Was mind billowing movie must all watch

anirudh1610: #Dangal best movie ever saw... dhakar film by @aamir_khan tremendous talent @ImFatimaSana, Sanya, Zaira, Suhani you are amazing!❤️

AngelicTomboy: #Dangal !! The best movie on wrestling I've ever watched.

alameenm: Watched #Dangal, a good film.Low paced. As a film entertainment wise it is not upto 3 idiots or PK. Story acchi hai, but slow and linear

Ajita_July27: #dangal awesome ...proves why #AAMIRKHAN's movies are always a sure shot bet n a must watch. Thank u @aamir_khan sir

aish_9720: Woww#Dangal Super movie Celebrating #GirlPower & d girls r d real stars d actresses hv slayed (Action

Airwindkejriwal: Must watch #Dangal excellent movie

ah_med_hayat: Dangal is one of the biggest statements on feminism by Indian Cinema. Well done Amir Khan! #Dangal

aditimitrasinha: Dear Mr. Perfectionist, Thank you for giving is Dangal. Same way, thank you for giving us movies that will... https://t.co/fykpqkmb6l

adithyatheiq: #Dangal.what an inspirational movie .what a acting by @aamir_khan .great acting by @fattysanashaikh and @sanyamalhotra07 .@niteshtiwari22

AbuwahabChodhry: #Dangal seen last night. Was amazing work by girls and @aamir_khan was superbbbbb as usual.

abhisheknarayan: Best movie in recent years #Dangal

aamir_thedangal: PUBLIC : "mind blowing Acting by @aamir_khan ,Girls " RATING = more than 5 /5 #Dangal #dangalreview https://t.co/pgkn0DxkL0

4EverAfters: #Dangal Is probably more a story of Geeta .. and Babita than Mahavir Singh ! But hats off to Amir to take a back seat & let the girls rule !

24millind: Here is The Name of Perfection. Love u @aamir_khan sir for give us Inspiration from Terrific Biopic #Dangal… https://t.co/hO0ifICgy2

AkhilGooner: Slightly disappointed with #Dangal. Clichéd 2nd half...too cheesy. Strong performances though. Could have been an epic.

travelport123: #Dangal crap,boring and slow movie. Ghatiya acting by @aamir_khan far behind in acting compare to @iamsrk and @BeingSalmanKhan .

raviraj24687071: I hate this movie& actor....amir khan....amir khan murda baad murdabaad #Dangal

BeEshwarprasad: One of the worst movie of the year Is DANGAl thanks god it release to last month ..............Wasted time and money in multiplex....

10 readers - 9 yays 1 so-so 0 nays

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Akhil

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anuj

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anup

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Fan

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Kavya Kapoor

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Minu

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Mr. Nadkarni : Loved it to the core

Yay! Thumbs Up, by prabhas : I heard its a biopic and the actors have brilliantly performed i like the body transformation

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Sonia

So-So, by Raj : Sugar coated Regressive portrayal of feminine gender

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: If the sport seems violent too, then yes.
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None.
  • Concept: Underdog film.
  • General Look and Feel: A slick sports film.

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After watching DANGAL , i felt like SULTAN had shown nothing about Wrestling .
such brilliant fight scenes , so many jokes as well as emotional moments you just get hooked to the movie..
Its such a delight to know that two of the best movies of 2016 (PINK & DANGAL) are women centric..


Aamir's nephew in the movie is Aparshakti Khurrana (Ayushmann Khurrana's younger brother)

Excellent story line and acting. This is gonna best movie of 2016.


Outstanding sports drama, perhaps the best in this genre by Bollywood. Leaves the likes of CDI, Sultan, MSD, BMB far far behind. Tight screenplay, solid performances and a style of film making that would find favor among every section of the audience, right from the Delhi's to the Dhanbad's and the Bangalore's to the Bikaner's of the country. This movie proves that you need no "Baby ko Bass's & Munni Badnaam's" to please the masses. All you need is solid content coupled with solid star power (unfortunate truth of our audience). DANGAL is a masterpiece, Aamir's best since LAGAAN (3I, RDB, TZP not withstanding)


My favorite films of 2016 :

1. Dangal
2. Airlift
3. Neerja
4. Pink
5. Kapoor & Sons
6. Shivaay
7. MSD-The untold story
8. Sultan
9. Wazir
10. Kahaani 2


Requesting regular WOGMA users FAN & ANUP to pick their top 10 of 2016.


My favorite films of 2016 -
P S - havnt seen yet - PARCHED , FORCE 2 , KAHAANI 2 and AKIRA..

It is the best biopic ever made in Bollywood till now. Dhoni was a good watch but this movie surpasses everyone.


Mention of films like Udta Punjab, ADHM, RR 2.0 and no mention of one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies of 2016 Airlift! Wow.. :P

Raj D.

I am aware that many people would not like to read my review.

I have no doubt that the movie viewing experience with its emotional pot-boiler roller coaster ride engages and is a good one, better than the Indian, regional and vernacular soap-opera dished out on Indian television. (That is why I am giving 7 out of 10 rating)

But if a sensitive person looks beyond the cosmetics of movie dazzles – you will find someone is selling a regressive message through this film. Kodus to Dangal team for achieving such a feat. Here is my take..

When the first poster of the movie was released I did not like it. Even though being a wrestler, why four girls should look like boys was the first question I raised.

Now after reading so much appreciation and reviews of the movie I say this:

• This is another patriarchal portrayal of regressive India • A father forces his dreams on children. One should never do • Children should be kept free to develop and grow as they want • This is again patriarchy dominance on the feminine gender and forcing it with the power of parenting to subjugate the flourishing of women's gender. • For sure the flourishing of women's gender is not in imitating men and/or boys and becoming fighters, wrestlers and looking masculine. This is degrading the pride, dignity and respect of being a woman • To use a true success story of a single case and successfully use it as propaganda for women's emancipation is sickening to say the least. The negative fallout of this movie could be: • Irrespective of boys or girls many parents will force their children (and more so to girls) to do what they failed to achieve in life. Make their children do things that they as parents have dreamed. Sick mentality! • Many girls may start behaving like boys - wearing boys dress, cutting hair like boys, fighting like boys etc. etc. not at all in the spirit of humanism • Father in the movie saying that "My girls are no less than boys". Such comparisons are not needed in today's evolved society. This is a phrase of sixties India. It is similar to always call a girl "Tom Boy" and demean and insult her sexuality. Such comparisons just distort the femininity of girls and women, who mis-understand such statements as being treated like boys rather than girls • Addressing girls as a male gender and treating one like that - the society like India - parents may do that to destroy the little bit of remaining self-esteem that girls and women - have on their given gender and sexuality • I also am bothered - as I always tell everyone about it is MAN - in capitals that drive the so called women's emancipation and empowerment agenda - It is so disturbing to see this. The four writers of the movie are men, the director of the movie is wearing men's glasses, the so called super-star gender sensitive actor Amir Khan is too wearing a man's hat. • In propaganda of spreading regressive message through this film the team too is of men - the director, writer, producer and lead actor - all men - who drive to influence the society in a way that may create a distorted image of what is meant by women empowerment. • In real life on which the movie is based the father of the wrestling girls drives their lives. Such case studies should have been presented more sensitively by showing – such things need not be done – even though in the end it brings laurels for the country.

Though I agree the medium of cinema when used with shrewdness can garner enough emotions of within ignorant humans about nationhood to back the protagonist in whatever s/he is doing.

That is what has happened in this movie - the art of good film-making - tends to overlook and ignore finer aspects of women empowerment and digs more deep into the patriarchal systems to further strengthen patriarchal roles to build the women's liberation and freedom movement

I hope some readers who are sensitive human being will try to understand the point I am making and deplore such popular presentation of regressive concepts on feminism.

Have a look at the film with those lenses.

@Raj I have read and heard similar arguments against the film. I have my thoughts about that which I will pen down soon. Will post a link here when I do that.


DANGAL is not a social commentary on women's empowerment and nor is it meant to be a feminist propaganda. It a mass commercial entertainer based on a real life and set in a state like Haryana, well known for its skewed sex ratio and patriarchy, honor killings and gender stereotypes. Mahavir Phogat of Dangal identified the talent in his daughters, nurtured them and was a strict "coach", not a strict "father". As for the imposing bit, all he asked was from his wife was "1 year". Is that what we call "imposition" in our Indian society? Nitpicking critics and people who think its "cool" to go against the norm based on non factual arguments need a reality check.

Mr. Nadkarni

Yes Anuj. Surprising thing, is that the same self proclaimed pseudo intellectual has given a Thumbs up for a trash movie named Chennai Express.

And maybe his explanation for this is the usual excuse given by many critics while rating Farah Khan\Rohit Shettty movies:" It is unapologetic unabashed masala". Chennai Express was a movie which one couldn't even sit through even if one left his brains at home. If that logic goes by,Dabanng is the most entertaining of them. Chennai Express entertainment value wasnt even 1% of Dabanng.

Its really gr8 that Aamir Khan is really pushing the boundaries even at a superstar stature of his by giving meaningful, wholesome entertainers and SRK is still stuck in the same rut of b-grade fare like HNY\Dilwale and Fan etc. Even his performance in Dear Zindagi was just a glorification of his so called charisma,nothing different or unique in that performance.

Its really unfortunate that to try to be different purposely in proving their worth,these 1% of critics have resorted to these lame reasons of pulling down Dangal because of the wrong message they believe it gives.

Then what was right in the message in Dear Zindagi?

Dangal is one of the best sports based biopics of India. Much better than the mediocre MS Dhoni and Mary Kom.


I normally do not state my views until I feel strongly, and I do not feel anything "cool" about my views. Though based and inspired on some facts, the movie was not a true story it was fictional.

I understand the popularity of movie and that is what concerned me more - the repercussions of imitations and effect on children (not only girls) may not be good as they grow up.

The power of cinema is undeniable. As the movie was fictional - (the coach was shown in bad light which was not the case in real life) - I would have liked if Amir Khan would have shown the ending where girls not winning any medals - and then also it was okay for the father to accept them as their daughters, a feminine character - who is not imitating men and doing all bad/ stupids things men do in name of BRAVADO.

I agree the movie is very well made - A Sugar coated pill, and it is successful... People are enjoying it - but it leaves a psychological distortion of sorts on gender roles.

I know I am in a minority of sorts to nitpicks on things I feel strong. Sorry for that...!


Anuj- Didnt liked Airlift. Didnt understand why people liked it so much. Havent met anyone in my know who have said that he liked it alot. Pretty workman like movie. Didnt raises the excitement level ever in the total movie. Its highly overrated. And we have already discussed it on Airlift's review.
And i guess if u can mention Flops like Wazir and Kahani 2 , i have pretty much Authority to mention ADHM UDTA PUNJAB AND RR 2.0
Everyone have their own choice. Its good thing that 7 of out movies match , and only three of them differ.


Wazir is nowhere near being a flop. Recorded 20% ROI & did 7.5 times it's day 1 collection making it a 65% word of mouth & a clean Average grosser. As for Airlift, 12 cr on day 1 & 126 lifetime. Over 80% word of mouth and over 1.3 cr footfalls for a niche urban film. Case closed !


Anuj - sorry i m not getting the data you are providing.. . i am getting the data , it Cost 45 crore and earned 35.18 crores domestically in its lifetime , so can you provide any link from wherever you are getting the data..? So i guess case is not closed yet..
And for AIRLIFT i never questioned its box office performance , i just said that i cant understand how it earned so much....


bollywoodhungama, BOI.com or any other trade journal has confirmed WAZIR's cost to be between 35-38 cr and all India nett between 40-42 cr with a share of 20 cr+ and a footfall count of 42-45 lakh from 1600 screens, implying either an Average or a Below Average verdict. No distributor lost money on the film as confirmed by Komal Nahta in his FI journal. Even the small film, urban unfriendly BOI.com changed its verdict for Wazir from Flop to Below Average. So ya, i guess that's curtains down on 2016



Perhaps even the city multiplexes' and urban India's taste is a lot different from your's and hence you fail to fathom Airlift's success amonf the multiplex audiences, the same audience that gave a unanimous thumbs down to Udta Punjab which crashed to a 60 cr finish after a huge 10 cr initial (thanks to the bogus controversies associated with this B-grade drug drama).


Anuj - Ok , now i agree Wazir is not a flop , yet Wazir earned 7 crore profit with 35 crore budget , and Udta Punjab earned 20crore profit with 40 crore budget. With better reviews from critics and more rating on IMDB , its a clean win over WAZIR.
As for AIRLIFT , again i dont know why i have to like every movie which Urban Audience like. People cannhave different tastes. U have the same discussion with FAN , and he also mention that he didnt liked AIRLIFT also as much as you. And remember neither me or FAN said that we disliked AIRLIFT , we just find it Above Average. Thats my personal choice. U dont have to defend AIRLIFT everybody knows it did a good boxoffice run , but then again , many movie earn money which i dont like..


The only reason Udta Punjab became a commercial success is due to pre release controversies and negative publicity. Box office trend is the best judge of a movie's acceptance & word of mouth. Wazir (5 cr) opened at half the initial number of Udta Punjab (10 cr) and yet in the final tally the difference between the 2 films was down to 30%. Wazir did close to 8 times its day 1 number indicating a 70% recommendation rate amongst its viewers, while Udta Punjab did just 6 times its day 1 number indicating a 50% recommendation rate amongst its viewers. Its not that Udta Punjab was a more accepted film, its just that it was a more watched film. Something akin to Happy New Year being a more watched film compared to Holiday, despite Holiday being a more accepted film.


Mind you, this is not a wazir vs udtapunjab analogy and nor am i trying to justify which is a better film. Its an analogy based on trending scores and acceptance levels of the limited target audience of both the films. Of course everyone is bound to have their personal preferences, just like I do with films carrying a mixed response like Kahaani 2 and Shivaay.


Anuj - Thats it then. There was nothing to discuss. U asked me to tell u my best 10. i mentioned them , the conversation must have been ended their , because i didn't questioned when you mentioned your top ten..


Both happy and amazed at the theatrical performance of DANGAL. Perhaps the first time in my lifetime that an 8/10 rated movie has gone to become a Mega Blockbuster and broken box office records.The last Mega Blockbuster movie that was an 8/10 or higher imo was SHOLAY. All the rest, be it MPK, HAHK, DDLJ, Gadar, 3I, PK & Bajrangi Bhaijaan are either a 6/10 or a 7/10. The one's rated an 8/10 or a 9/10 have either flopped (eg. Lakshya) or have only been small scale hits with a limited target audience (A Wednesday, Satya, Kahaani etc)

I think Aamir khan is the only responsible actor who have always been making movies which whole family can watch together and get inspired. I wish, Aamir sir will make more of such movies and make everybody else proud. thanks


I would quote a part of what Anuj wrote,

you need a star power to make a film work (unfortunate truth of our audience)

When I look at Dangal, and when I compare it with another film that I loved dearly, Nil Battey Sannata, I see lots of similarities. And I see NBS the winner between the two as it is more realistic and near the heart. Unfortunately NBS did not have the star power to give it the success that Dangal obtained.

Personally I have always been a strong demander and upholder of responsible film making. Films are a very powerful medium, and tend to influence heavily the audiences all across the country. And in that sense it is very important to have responsible films. And that's where Dangal fails, and fails miserably. The film heavily dipped in patriarchal tones (under the pretext of representing the real Haryana scene), and promoting dangerous physical training practices - the film is nothing but a celebration of Amir's stardom. That a large part of Haryana is patriarchal, is not disputed. But having the heavily followed star play and promote such practices is what I find very irresponsible. As regards the physical training schedule, the human body like any other machine needs a correct balance between stress and rest. The best of the best sportsmen and sportswomen too ensure the correct balance between these two, the lack of which can/will lead to serious bodily harm. And promoting an exercise schedule that is imposed by the coach and then doubled by the family coach is once again an irresponsible act.

So, for everyone getting lump in their throats about a real-life film, I am sorry to state that the film is as fictitious as things can get in Bollywood.

That part cleared, if we look at it as any other Bollywood film, it is indeed a good film - technically well made and well performed by the characters. So yes, do recommend it. But if you must select only one between Dangal and Nil Battey Sannata, then I would still recommend NBS - which has similar storyline, similar message, similar rebellion by daughter to discourage the parents, similar perseverance by a parent to ensure the child succeeds, and similarly brilliant performances.

expecting similar review for Laal Singh Chaddha

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