Aamir Khan had a sleepless night on Thursday wondering how the world will react to his Dangal trailer. He need not have bothered — Dangal trailer is a winner. But with a minor tweak — this film belongs to actors who are playing Aamir’s daughters. Don’t get us wrong, Aamir Khan is perfection in Dangal, just the way he always is — the man who challenges and reinvents himself with every role he does.
And like every role, he is no longer Aamir when he is in front of the camera. This time, he is Mahaveer Singh Phogat in this 3.25-minute trailer. A man hungering for a son who can fulfil his unfinished dream of winning a gold for the country. Why a son? Because wrestling is a man’s sport and in Haryana, who would ever think a girl can play this sport? That is till we see the two girls who are Aamir Khan’s daughters — Zaira Wasim as child Geeta Phogat and Suhani Bhatnagar as child Babita Kumari. And with all respect Mr Khan, Dangal belongs to the girls. Zaira and Suhani as well as Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra who play the older Babita and Geeta.
They crash every stereotype in the book, they prove that issue is not the gender but our beliefs. The moment when Aamir’s character realises this and the play of emotions on his face is a masterclass in acting.
They are hungry and committed and you can see it in their eyes. Their wrestling moves or the way they announce, “Pehelwani bahut ho gayi, ab dangal ka time hai,” wants you to stand up and applaud. With the trailer itself, we can promise you this will be as unlike Salman Khan’s Sultan as you can imagine. A women’s empowerment tale, a real-life story and tale of a man finding his metier in life — Dangal is a package we can’t wait to unwrap.
And then, the trailer gives us that final striking moment before it ends — a buffed-up young Aamir flexing his muscles before he enters the wrestling arena. Now that is what we call a dhobi pachchad!
The film has been directed by Nitesh Tiwari.
Before Dangal trailer landed
While Aamir had talked about his sleepless night in this message, “Tonight is going to be a sleepless night. 12 hours to go before I launch our trailer of Dangal on Twitter and Facebook. Can’t wait for your response. Hope you like it,” film’s producer UTV had this power-packed announcement about Dangal, “Ladaai se peeche hatne walo mein se nahi hai mhaari choriyaan. #Dangal trailer releasing tomorrow. #Dangalvaar @aamir_khan @niteshtiwari22.”
For all his cliche-breaking roles, Aamir Khan is a traditionalist. The actor always releases his film in December and his trailers closer to Diwali, whether it is 3 Idiots (2009) or PK (2014). With Dangal too, he has continued this practice. A spokesperson earlier said about Dangal’s trailer release, “Aamir is going to treat his audience once again with a trailer of his movie on Diwali. He wants to uphold the tradition of releasing his trailers during the festive season.”
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) October 19, 2016
Before Dangal trailer, what celebs said about Aamir Khan’s film
Although, even before Dangal trailer came out, Aamir held special screenings for his friends. Among those who have watched the film are Shabana Azmi, Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Ayan Mukerji and Kunal Kapoor. And after watching the film, we know the guests were suitably impressed. But nobody was more so than Karan who took to Twitter and wrote, “Just saw DANGAL…haven’t seen a better film in a decade…… speechless!!!!”
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Know more about Aamir Khan’s Dangal character Mahavir Singh Phogat
Born in a small village in Haryana, Mahavir trained his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat and helped establish them as world-class wrestlers. He broke conventions and made his daughters wrestle boys in an akhaada. For this, he had to face objections of his fellow villagers but he refused to budge. Geeta Phogat went on to win gold in 2010 Commonwealth Games while Babita won a gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Geeta also qualified for the Olympics, first Indian female wrestler to do so. Mahavir has coached many top Indian wrestlers and has been nominated for the Dronacharya Award.