Dangal Movie Review


Reviewer: Rajeev Masand (News18)

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Dangal is not a perfect film, but then few films are. It’s overlong at 2 hours and 41 minutes, and it’s both simple and simplistic in places. But it’s a solid and satisfying watch, a well crafted look at what went into the creation of two sporting champions. It’s a film that makes the heart swell… when it isn’t pounding from all the excitement of the bouts. I’m going with four out of five.

Reviewer: Anupama Chopra (Hindustan Times)

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The writing in Dangal is clunky in places. It starts out with too much exposition and has a melodramatic climactic twist that I found unnecessary and unconvincing. The wrestling scenes are skillfully filmed — there were times when the thud of bodies on mats made me jump. But it does get repetitive and stretched, especially in the second half.

When Geeta finally wins, though, it is so rousing and emotional that you forget these soft spots.

I walked out of this film wiping away tears and feeling invincible. I felt I could wrestle down anything that hit me.

How do you put a rating on that?

Reviewer: Namrata Joshi (The Hindu)

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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Here is an authenticity to the characters, the lingo, the humour, the give-and-take and the terrain — be it Balali village in Bhiwani, Haryana, or the mud akhadas and mat wrestling rings in the international tournaments. The rousing wrestling bouts (full marks to coach Kripa Shankar Patel Bishnoi) have even an ignorant, sports-challenged viewer like me invested. Specially the ‘9 seconds-5 points’ clincher of a climax. So will Dangal  (along with Sultan) now bring yet another unsung game into spotlight beyond the beautiful, slow motion ode to it in the opening titles?

Reviewer: The Times Of India

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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What works wonderfully here is the writing. Director Nitesh Tiwari, along with Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Mehrotra should be complimented for their tongue-in-cheek quality, peppered with humour and several poignant father-daughter emotions all through. An ungainly Aamir (22 kilos heavier) with grey hair is pitch-perfect as the ziddi yet sensitive parent. The 51-year-old actor should be complimented for experimenting with his roles, unlike his contemporaries who prefer to play safe. Sakshi as his wife, is restrained, yet effective. And, the debutants Fatima and Sanya are easily this year’s best finds.Demonetisation be damned, watch Dangal.

Reviewer: Shubhra Gupta (The Indian Express)

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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What keeps the film together are the performances. The first-timers — as little girls, and young women learning to gauge their opponent and beating all comers; no silver medals, only gold — all come off well. Tanwar, as Khan’s wife, is a good choice, just familiar enough, and yet new enough.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.

Reviewer: Taran Adarsh (Bollywod Hungama)

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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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.

Reviewer: Surabhi Redkar (Koimoi)

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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One has to credit Tiwari for getting the audience hooked to sport that’s not Cricket, considering the Indian mindset. The final matches are actual nail-biters and you thoroughly enjoy every dhobi-pachad move of Fatima.

Pritam’s music blends excellently in the film. Dangal title track is an energy booster and Haanikaarak Bapu is simply superb. Dangal is inspiring, emotional and spellbinding. It is a ‘Dhakad’ film and a perfect end for 2016! A 4/5 for this.

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