Dangal Critics Review | Taran Adarsh, Komal Nahta, Rajiv Masand, Joginder Tujeja

Here is the critics review of much awaited movie Dangal, the movie has impressed everyone with its best storylines and its best performance. After gap of 2 year Aamir Khan comes with his magnificent master piece with Nitesh Tiwari. The overall performance of the all characters is magnificent. It is the first movie of the year with is takes more than 4 stars from all critics. Dangal offers few surprises because Geeta and Babita’s historic wins at the Commonwealth Games and following championships are common knowledge.

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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site: 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. It blends drama, emotions, sportsmanship and patriotism extraordinarily… the icing on the cake being Aamir Khan’s towering act. This rich-in-merits film has a major advantage too — the holidays ahead [Christmas and New Year] — which will ensure a glorious run at the ticket counters. A must, must watch!

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Ratings:– Review By:Komal Nahta Site:Zee Etc Bollywood Business

On the whole, Dangal is not just a movie; it is an experience to be cherished. It is extremely engaging, brilliantly entertaining and phenomenally patrio­tic in its feel. It is as much a film for the young as for the old, as much for the classes as for the masses, as much for the city audience as for the viewers in small towns and villages, as much for the rich as for the poor, as much for the multiplex audience as for the single-screen cinema audience, as much for the men as for the women. It has special appeal for the ladies and it has terrific repeat value. To say that it will prove to be a blockbuster is to state the obvious. The film is destined to be one of the biggest blockbusters of Indian cinema. In fact, it can turn out to be THE BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER EVER!

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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Meena Iyer Site: Times Of India

Dangal offers few surprises because Geeta and Babita’s historic wins at the Commonwealth Games and following championships are common knowledge. However, this screen adaptation serves as a recap of their arduous journey and it vigorously recaptures their stubborn father’s resolve to make them professional wrestlers against the odds. Since it encapsulates the historic wins of the Phogats, who brought India glory, the film is also bound to inspire more women to seriously consider kushti as a sport.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Saibal Site: NDTV

A Bollywood sports biopic that gets nearly all its moves absolutely right, Dangal draws its strength from a blindingly luminous lead performance from a shape-shifting Aamir Khan. Dangal is the story of a Haryana man who dared to do the unthinkable. It is just as much the tale of a pugnacious girl who went where nobody from her tradition-bound village had ever gone. Dangal is the kind of sports film that usually eludes Bollywood. It knows the rules inside and out and meticulously plays by them without ever succumbing to dreary predictability. Dangal is an outright winner – a film that will pin you down and keep you in its grip all the way through.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By:Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

But this is clearly Aamir’s film. It wouldn’t have been made if he hadn’t green-lit it, and he brings to it the sincerity of purpose which makes it not just a starry vehicle, but a film which is about something, which has meaning, with a message which doesn’t overwhelm the telling. It could have easily turned into a vanity project, which is a clear and present danger. It could have been made more polished that it needed. But it stays real, because the star ratchets it up when required, and lets it go in the rest..

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Ratings:4/5 Review By:Suknaya Verma  Site:Rediff

Sport is at its centre but the essence of Dangal lies in the simple highs and lows of the people Tiwari chronicles.Unlike the overblown Sultan with a somewhat similar milieu, Tiwari’s account of inspiring reality is lot more understated in its approach. Two of its most poignant scenes are its quietest too — when Geeta weeps bitterly in the middle of heartbreaking haircut and Phogat’s crushed look as he takes off in a rickshaw immediately after entrusting his daughter’s fate to a snarky new coach (Girish Kulkarni).

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Ratings:4/5 Review By:Rohit Site: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.

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Ratings: 3/5 Review By: Annu MM Site: Firstpost

Nitesh Tiwari’s third film as director is based on the real-life story of Haryana’s Mahavir Singh Phogat, patriarch and coach of one of the country’s most unusual sporting families: his daughters are all wrestling champions, the eldest two — Geeta and Babita — are Commonwealth Games gold medallists, and Geeta is the first Indian woman wrestler to have ever qualified for the Olympics.

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Ratings: 4/5 Review By: Surabhi Redkar Site: Koimoi

Aamir Khan’s Dangal has its heart in the right place. An incredible script and powerhouse performances leave you impressed. Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal is highly gripping and transitions smoothly from being a sports drama to an emotional one. The inspiring tale of Mahavir and his daughters is narrated in such a way that you laugh, cry and at some point even make sure you root for these characters right till the end.

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Ratings: 4.5/5 Review By: Tushar P Joshi Site: BollywoodLife

Aamir is the star of Dangal. There is ample humility and charm in his ability to take a backseat and let the girls shine. But when he’s in a frame you can’t take your eyes off him. He becomes the father the girls despise and then begin to love. He is the husband who asks his wife to forget she is a mother to her daughters till they get trained for the job. Aamir is a genius. The girls who play the young Geeta and Babita are remarkable simply because they make these characters identifiable. Sakshi Tanwar and other supporting characters are top notch.

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Ratings: 4/5 Review By: Mayank Shekhar Site: Mid-Day

A doggedly disciplinarian coach, and under him, an underdog talent, is a genre of its own, you know. It’s called a ‘sports film’. God knows how many such have we seen in the past — let alone Hollywood, even here, and this year (‘Saala Khadoos’). This film is based on a fully ‘Googleable’ story of Mahavir Phogat and his daughters, Geeta and Babita, who he trained against all odds, and despite the government, to make a name for their country.

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Ratings: 4.5/5 Review By: Indicine Team Site: Indicine

Dangal is one of those films that has a lot to offer, so much that it’s difficult to absorb it all in the first viewing. Not only is the film entertaining, but it also serves up an inspiring life-journey of two daughters who are put through rigorous sessions of training and hard work, only to eventually learn to take their own decisions and even better their own champion father. Dangal has life-lessons, but the film never gets preachy. The wrestling sequences can get boring after a point, but it has humour and emotions to keep the audience involved throughout. Nitesh Tiwari excels both as the co-writer and director, it’s easily the best film of his career.

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Ratings: 4/5 Review By: Ananya Bhattacharya Site: India Today

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. Tiwari carefully chooses what to show on screen, sifting through the life of the Phogat sisters and their superhero father. He is careful enough to gloss over the controversial bits about the wrestling federations. Everything else, the fights, emotional turmoil, the father-daughter tiffs, take centre-stage in Dangal. So while Tiwari uses every single trope in the book of Bollywood sports films, he does it with a freshness and expertise seldom seen. There is a strong nationalism angle mixed with its feminist message, peppered with rustic humour and tears, if one is easily moved. Then there’s the National Anthem to take care of the rest. This should appease the right rabble-rousers who Aamir has regular run-ins with.

Ratings: 5/5 Review By: Rohit Bhatnagar Site: Deccan Chronicle

Director Nitesh Tiwari has finally added a feather of a well-made film on his cap. Though his previous outings Chillar Party and Bhoothnath Returns were decent movies, his Dangal comes out as a champion. Despite having too much to do in just one film, the filmmaker manages to make one that wins in every aspect. His narrative is engaging to the core. Though the film is pretty long, the emotions and humour quotient in it will succeed in keeping you on the edge of your seat. The best part of the film is its easy flow. With Dangal, one can easily say that Nitesh has made a mark for himself in the industry. Helming a film with a huge star like Aamir and appropriate narrative is commendable. Cinematography by Setu is praise-worthy as he has shot such beautiful locations in Haryana.

Ratings: 4/5 Review By: Manjusha Radhakrishnan Site: Gulfnews

The second half of the film is as riveting as the first half. 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. Dangal is the last major film to be rolled out in 2016 and Khan has saved the best for the last for his fans.

Ratings: 4/5 Review By: Lokesh Dharmani Site: Masala

Dangal is also one of the finest sports films. The writers first educate you on a few wrestling tricks and use them rather deftly at strategic points, involving everyone, even the wrestling novices. The beautifully choreographed fights are so engaging that at a crucial point in the movie, I saw from the corner of my eye; people around me sat up stiff and straight, on the edge of their seats and sighed relief collectively as the crisis gets resolved on the screen. The performances are class apart. Aamir’s dedication to the movie to get the body and soul of Mahavir, living his imperfections so perfectly leaves you overwhelmed. But the real finds are the new girls, all four of them. Zarina Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar as young Geeta and Babita bring in the right amount of nice and naughty to their characters. Fatima and Sanya as adult Geeta and Babita get both the language and body language of wrestlers so brilliantly that you wonder if they are actors or real life wrestlers.

Ratings: 4/5 Review By: Malay Desai Site: Mumbai Mirror

Feeling for the underdog in a sports film comes by default, but Fatima Shaikh’s heartfelt performance (her face is ready for a Priyanka Gandhi biopic next, if there’s any) and sincere wrestling moves earn her ‘Gitta’ the claps and hoots. Along with ‘Babitta’ (Sanya Malhotra), she deftly shows what it takes for a woman to make her way through India’s male-dominated sporting scene, or any career for that matter. Khan, who invited their real-life counterparts to a Satyamev Jayate episode in 2014, restraints to make this film an extension of it, instead lets Mahavir’s powerful emotions do the preaching about women empowerment. That he lost a couple of dozen kilos for just two scenes in the film is another reminder that we can’t possibly stop celebrating the 51-year-old methodist. Courtesy Mahavir’s wife and nephew (Sakshi Tanwar and debutant Aparshakti Khurana in fine supporting acts), Dangal becomes the biography of the Phogat family, while on the other hand, the squeaking of mat shoes, the pauses for breaths in-between fierce bout scenes make it an authentic sports film. And except for yet another needless song in the second half, Pritam’s music matches up with the on-screen phenomena. Whether it will be a bestseller or not, the Dangal book deserves to be watched with your children and later, kept on your shelf.

Ratings: 4.5/5  Review by Vishal Verma Site: Glamsham

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. Watch it. It doesn’t matter whether you are a man or a woman. And it’s a must if you are an Indian.

Catch Out What Celebs Say About Dangal

Shirish Kunder : #Dangal is the best film I’ve watched in a long time. And in all probability, will remain so for a very long time. Salute, @aamir_khan Sir!

Milind Deora: Take a bow team #Dangal. Outstanding screenplay, music & performances by @aamir_khan & cast

Tusshar Kapoor: Beautifully emotional, realistic & oh so suspenseful, a feat rarely achieved by a sports film of human spirit! Epic! #Dangal

Arjun Kapoor: What a film #dangal is !!! Such an important event for the women & sports in our country @aamir_khan inspires us again, spellbound & in awe.

Prasoon Joshi: #Dangal Landmark performance by Aamir,hats off 2the girls& Nitish 4 a nuanced layered emotional experience.

Karan Johar: Just saw DANGAL…haven’t seen a better film in a decade……speechless!!!!

Anil Kapoor : #Dangal was an emotional experience for me. Even today, a father’s struggle with society & self for his daughters is very real…

Abhishek Bachchan : Dangal is such a beautiful film. Spellbound!! Well done @aamir_khan Nitish and the entire team

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