"...'Dangal' is ultimately a heartwarming story. It’s appropriate for all ages"
-- Kathy Gibson. Access Bollywood
"'Dangal' is not a perfect film, but then few films are. ... But it’s a solid and satisfying watch..."
-- Rajeev Masand. RajeevMasand.com
"...a one-trick domestic sports drama that drags on for two hours and 40 minutes."
-- Owen Glieberman. Variety
"'Dangal' is also about the exhilaration of excellence; the sheer joy of winning. And, most importantly, it is about the innate strength of women..."
-- Anupama Chopra. Hindustan Times
"India needs to watch this film for the way it puts the ‘her’ in ‘hero.'"
-- Raja Sen. Rediff
Mahavir Singh Phogat is a former champion wrestler. He is married to Shobha Kaur. Phogats dream is to win a gold medal for India in wrestling. He is unable to do this. He promises that his son will do what he couldnt do.
However, although he loves them dearly, Phogat is disappointed when Shobha gives birth to four daughters. He does not believe girls can wrestle well. However, when two of his daughters, Geeta and Babita, come home after beating up two boys, Phogat realises how wrong he has been and begins to train his daughters in wrestling. The film is the story of how Phogat trained his daughters to become professional wrestlers.Meena Iyer of The Times of India rated 4.
5/5 stars, saying The film is bound to inspire more women to seriously consider kushti as a sport. Iyer further said that the film has an earthy soundtrack. Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times rated 4/5 stars, saying, This could be Aamir (Khan)s best performance till date. Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express rated 3/5 stars, saying That was crucial for us to believe in this film, which borrows several elements from the real-life. Gupta added, It could have been made more polished than required.
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV rated 4/5 stars, saying a hugely entertaining sporting saga that works simply as a piece of good old storytelling. Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today rated 4/5 stars, saying Dangal is a crowd pleaser. It has stellar performances and an engaging story-telling. She added, Music is used as a narrating device, and the songs dont affect the pace. Rohit Bhatnagar of Deccan Chronicle awarded full 5 stars, saying Dangal is the best feast on this Christmas and one cant deny that the film is the best one of 2016.
Raja Sen of Rediff.com rated 4.5/5 stars, saying Dangal teaches us where rainbows lie in wrestling. Watch this film for the way it puts the her in hero.
Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Rajkummar Rao
Siddharth Roy Kapur
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