Movie Shenanigans: Dangal


Well first things first, here’s some basic information on Dangal. Dangal is a Hindi movie with the super selective Aamir Khan in one of the lead roles. The movie revolves around a few interesting themes that are very dear to my heart…but more on that later. The movie releases on Friday the 23rd of December. Dangal is directed by Nitesh Tiwari, who directed flicks like Bhoothnath Returns and Chillar Party and also wrote the screenplay for the cult flick Kill Dil.

Dangal is a sports themed movie, it revolves around the glorious sport of wrestling. It is a movie based on family, and the next few lines are a summary of the theatrical trailer of Dangal. From what I can understand, the movie is about a man who stood a chance to win a gold medal for India at the Olympics or some global sporting event, but failed to do so, and sets out to make sure his legacy, well initially his son would fulfill his dreams of winning a gold medal. But, he only has daughters and he gives up on that dream, until one day the neighbours come in with their beaten up son to air their grievances about how his kid beat their son up. Initially the father thinks it’s his nephew and literally gives him a head-slap, to which his nephew responds I didn’t, but, his daughter pipes up and says she did so because the boy called her sister names. The father is taken by surprise and an idea comes alive in his head and from then on he begins training his daughters, and set them on the path to achieve and accomplish what he couldn’t.

Listen peepz, I’m a huge fan of sports themed movies, and hell it’s going to be twice as amazing and awesome when it revolves around women athletes. I LOVE Sports, and when I was younger I always had this dream of being on the National team and representing my country on an International level….well let’s just say that didn’t happen, if anything I’ve become International. I think it’s critical and absolutely important to talk about sports and women. Sports isn’t something kids should partake in for the sake of their health…hell, my reasoning is entirely different. Sports teaches you many lessons that books, parents, relatives and friends don’t. And as far as women and sports are concerned, sure it’s easy for people to say yeah you know those backward 3rd world countries don’t have enough funding for women’s teams and all this other stuff, but guess what, the 1st world nations aren’t faring any better. Case in point being the US Women’s soccer team not getting paid as much if not better than the US Men’s soccer team who sucks in comparison. The USWNT is the #2 team in the world, whereas the US Men’s team well…let’s just say they don’t even make the Top 10. I digress, more on this topic in a separate post. Well let me go ahead and list my expectations from Dangal.

My Expectations:

-Preachy and hopefully not too long a film about women & women’s empowerment and all round badassery.
-How girls can kick ass in sports and hell can do it better, because historically let’s face it, women have won medals (especially as far as the Indian contingent & the Olympics are concerned,) compared to their male compatriots.
-Emotional overtures supporting women in sports and how women should be encouraged to participate in more sporting events.
-Most importantly, dreams are worth having and the only thing to push you to your dreams regardless of what society, people and all sorts of morons have to think and set limits to, is hope. Never lose hope and don’t fear losing, end of the day as Eminem said ‘Success is your only mother-f***ing option, failure is not.’
-Lots of tears and heavy dialogues, inducing profound waterworks, along with some stellar scenes that leave you (especially women) feeling like a champion and warrior.
-An all round great cinematic experience that leaves you feeling hopeful, strong and good.

What I hope to come out with is a sense of satisfaction that women and women in sports are represented the way it is, especially in Indian/South Asian culture. Sports is something women are dissuaded from, mostly with the ‘Well you have no future with sports and you earn jack shit with sports. Don’t waste your life pursuing useless things. It would make more sense if you pursued either an education or chose to settle down and live the domestic life. Learn how to cook, clean and keep your household together and therefore keep the world in balance, these are more important things in life.’ Let’s see what happens when I finally do watch this flick…watch this space for that review!


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