Movie cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar, Ritwik Sahore, Aparshakti Khurana, Girish Kulkarni
Movie director: Nitesh Tiwari
Movie rating: Three stars
There comes a time in every actor’s life where he/she has to decide whether to look good on screen or to perform. For Bollywood mega-star, Aamir Khan performance has always topped the priority list, and with his latest release for which he gained 22 kilos, the actor has once again proved his perfection.
The flick narrates the story of a Haryanvi wrestler, Mahavir Singh Phogat, who after losing his hope of having a son, trains his daughters Geeta and Babita to make wrestling history. Thus breaking the taboo of Indian women participating in a sport, which is by far dominated by men.
What works very well for the film is the script, Director Nitesh Tiwari, along with Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain, and Nikhil Mehrotra should be given a handful of compliments for their tongue-in-cheek quality, peppered with humour and several poignant father-daughter emotions all through.
However, certain scenes in the film that depicted how our society always wants a mother to have a son, and how a girl faces the brutal world waiting to crush her have not been so impactful.
The backdrop throughout the film is very rustic, earthy, and connects a viewer to the place, where the narration is set in.
Aamir Khan perfectly plays the character of a ‘ziddi’ yet a sensitive parent. Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra, who have portrayed the character of Geeta and Babita, respectively, to quite an extent, are able to grab eyeballs with their acting. Sakshi Tanwar, who plays the role of Khan’s wife is restrained yet effective throughout the narration.
One the whole, the flick sets itself on dual-parameter, firstly, that it is a popular sport, and about the people who play it. Secondly, it makes a very strong statement over the girl-boy equality in the place, where girls are killed in the mother’s womb.
Music director Pritam and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya have successfully managed an earthy soundtrack for the movie with Daler Mehndi’s title track pumping up the adrenaline. The film also has a soft track Gilheriyaan, complimenting it is a Haryanvi rap, hip-hop Haanikarak Bapu, and the Dhakaad number.
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