Movie Review: Dangal

Dangal: Movie of the year 2016

Some movies just entertain and some movies inspire along with entertaining, “Dangal” is one such a movie, which is emotional and inspiring yet entertaining.

“Dangal” is based on the true story of Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan) and his journey in making his daughters Geeta (Fatima/Zaira) and Babita(Sanya/Suhani) international wrestlers. The movie encapsulates the struggle, the tribulations of Mahavir and his daughters in a male dominated society and to top it all in a male dominated sport wrestling.

The biggest highlight of the movie is its screenplay which keeps you spellbound in the entire run time of 160 minutes. Every character is well etched and defined and none of the characters look out of place or not needed. The emotional moments just lifts the emotional quotient to a different level, especially the sequence when Geeta calls her father Mahavir, there are no dialogues just the crying of Geeta on one side of the call and Mahavir’s silence on the other, but the impact is so strong that you eyes also get moistened. Every sequence is carefully and articulately written keeping teh realism intact yet making it entertaining. The humour is very smartly included in the voice over which takes the narration forward. The beauty of the movie is that it makes you laugh, cry, inspires and give a sense of patriotism without being preachy.

The dialogues are another brilliant writing. Though in Haryanvi language but still the dialogues are heartfelt and creates the necessary impact as and when. The dialogues just increase the emotional quotient to the exact level without being mushy or dramatic. Kudos  to Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain & Nikhil Mehrotra for such a brilliant writing.

The next highlight of the movie is its performances, starting from Aamir Khan, the beauty of all Aamir’s performances are that he owns the character, and the actor and the character blends, erasing the divide,  the same can be said about his portrayal of Mahavir Singh Phogat,. Aamir lived the character through the movie and it cannot be missed in his performance, I must say another feather in Aamir’s cap and another strong contender for the next award season. Sakshi Tanwar as Daya Shobha Kaur, Mahavir’s wife gives us a riveting performance and compliments Aamir’s performance. Her silence and her expressions just speak louder than words, definitely the best choice to play this role. Fatima Sana Shaikh as grown up Geeta Phogat, is definitely the debut of the year, a brilliant performance and her hard work just shows through. Her nuances in the wrestling matches will make you believe that she is a wrestler. Fatima is ably supported by another brilliant debutant Sanya Malhotra as grown up Babita Phogat, she gives the emotional balance to Geeta’s character brilliantly, and she makes Babita’s character a lot stronger than Geeta’s. These two girls are definitely the best debutants of 2016. To give a heads start to the character of Geeta, Zaira Wasim who plays young Geeta creates the right and perfect impact in the first half, definitely a brilliant performance. Suhani Bhatnagar as young Babita ably supports Zaira with her earnest performance. Aparshakti Khurrana as Mahavir Phogat’s nephew and the narrator does an outstanding job and gives the comic relief to the otherwise emotional movie. Rest of the cast also do a brilliant job.

A brilliant job done by casting director Mukesh Chabra for getting the right and apt actors for each role which accentuates the movie watching experience

Cinematography by Setu captures the rawness of a Haryana village and the wrestling matches well, and blends and compliments the narration. Production Design by Laxmi Keluskar & Sandeep Meher is realistic and does not jar the narration. Costumes by Maxima Basu are so realistic that every actor looked the part that he/she was playing, the whole look of the movie blends beautifully with the narration. Editing by Ballu Saluja is crisp and keeps the pace intact throughout the run time.In short brilliant job done by the technical team as well.

Now the captain of the ship the director Nitesh Tiwari, who did a splendid job in getting the right output from each department whether it was writing or acting or the technical aspect. Nitesh never goes overboard with his narration and keeps the emotional quotient exactly at the right level without being melodramatic. He does a brilliant job in creating moments especially in the father daughter sequences. Best work by Nitesh till date and this movie will make him one of the elite directors of Bollywood…

“Dangal” is a must watch for every age and section of the society for the social message that it gives albeit subtly… I will go with Four and a Half Stars…

Movie Rating: (4.5 / 5)

Official Trailer: Dangal

It is raining sports biographies this year in Bollywood, first it was “Azhar” then recently released “M S Dhoni”, and the year wraps up with the upcoming sports biography “Dangal”….

Aamir Khan is back with “Dangal” after a hiatus of 2 years; his last release was the box office success and critically acclaimed “PK” in 2014….

As the name suggests the movie is based on wrestling and it tells us the true story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat played by Aamir Khan. The story traces the journey of how Mahavir coaches his daughters Babita and Geeta in wrestling and how his daughters make him proud by winning medals…

The movie has been directed by Nitesh Tiwari, this is his third movie as a director, the previous movies which he directed are “Chillar Party” (in association with Vikas Behl) in 2011 and “Bhootnath Returns” in 2014…

Along with Aamir Khan the cast comprises of Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra, Vivan Bhatena, Aparshakti Khurrana (Ayushman Khurrana’s younger brother) and Girish Kulkarni…

Music has been composed by Pritam & Komail Shayan..

“Dangal” has been jointly produced by Disney World Cinema and Aamir Khan Productions…

As with all Aamir Khan movies, “Dangal” also releases on the Christmas weekend 23rd Dec 2016…

The Trailer looks promising, let’s see how the movie fares when it releases on 23rd Dec….

Movie Review : Nil Battey Sannata

Nil Battey Sannata : Passed with distinction….

Some movies entertain you and you tend to forget them, but some movies are very simple but yet they  entertain you but also tend remain in your mind long after the movie gets over…”Nil Battey Sannata” is one such movie.

The story of “Nil Battey Sannata” captures the trials and tribulations of a mother who has high expectations and big dreams for her daughter. It also captures the strata of the society who need to earn on a daily basis to run their kitchens, our domestic help… Chanda (Swara Bhaskar) is one such domestic help in a small city of Agra who dreams to educate her daughter Apeksha a.k.a Apu (Ria Shukla) and has big dreams for her for which he works in two to three places in shifts in order to educate and give her daughter a different life so that her daughter does not end up becoming a domestic help….But her adolescent daughter lives a care free life devoid of any dreams and is a complete zero in maths… so Chanda’s main concern is to make her pass the 10th Board exam, whether Chanda is able to fulfil her dream of making her daughter pass the 10th Board exam is what the movie is all about…

In the last few reviews I have been emphasizing on the strength of a good script and screenplay and “Nil Battey Sannata” scores full marks for nil-battey-sannata-reviewthe same… The story by Nitesh Tiwari  & screenplay written by Nitesh Tiwari, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Pranjal Choudhary & Neeraj Singh is the biggest highlight of the movie….The relationship of the mother & the daughter is so heart wrenching that you would identify the sweet & sour relationship that we share with our mothers… every single sequence between the mother and daughter is brilliant… another relationship well explored is Chanda’s relationship with Dr Diwan where she works as a domestic help, the bond and relationship between these two characters is believable. To be very frank every character has its special place in the movie whether it is the principal or Apu’s friends, every character is very well written and justifies their presence in the story. Well it may not be too much to say that the writing is one the best which I have come across after a long time, the last such script was of “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”…

The dialogues written by the same team of writers is another highlight of the movie. It complements the script to the fullest. The diction, the language every word is spot on and you cannot find any blemishes in the dialogues as well. Overall the writing is just brilliant…

After writing it is the performances that makes “Nil Battey Sannata” worth a watch…especially the performance of Swara Bhaskar who plays the main protagonist Chanda, a domestic help…Swara just becomes Chanda and I don’t think so there can be any bigger appreciation for her performance. She owns the character and never ever will you feel the Swara Bhaskar of “Tanu Weds Manu” or “Ranjhnaa” or “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”…she is so natural and everything about her portrayal is just brilliant. Swara would definitely be the favourite contender for awards for this year. Next is debutant Ria Shukla who plays Chanda’s daughter Apu, she complements Swara’s performance with equal vigour and helps to create the right chemistry between the character of the mother and the daughter, definitely another brilliant performance. Ratna Pathak Shah as Dr Diwan, Chanda’s employer, is just amazing, the way she underplays the character becomes the beauty of portrayal and the chemistry of both the characters is full marks to Swara Bhaskar and Ratna Pathak Shah….Another brilliant performance is of Pankaj Tripathi who plays the Principal and the maths teacher of the school, Pankaj yet again proves his brilliance with his realistic portrayal, definitely a actor watch out for….rest of the cast also do a brilliant job….Sanjay Suri in a cameo is adorable….

Cinematography by Gavemic U Ary blends brilliantly with the narration and the beauty is how simply Agra and it’s by lanes having been captured….

The next highlight is the production design by Laxmi Kaluskar, which is so brilliant that you would never feel that it is a movie set….and the another highlight is its costume design by Sachin Lovalekar, the costumes builds the characters and Sachin does a brilliant job in getting the looks of the characters just right…

Will have to mention casting director Mukesh Chabra, who gets the casting, right….

At last and definitely not the least, the director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, first kudos to her for choosing such a topic and second executing such a brilliant script, co-written by her, in a simple yet beautiful way. Ashwiny gets the chemistry of the characters bang on and she gets the emotional quotient just right without any melodrama. Will definitely watch out for Ashwiny’s next….

“Nil Battey Sannata”, is simple yet will pull your heart strings and will make you laugh and cry and at the end will put a smile on your face…will go with FOUR stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)