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Picking Up An Ankle With A Mat Finish

Smash-hit Dangal plays fast and loose with facts about the ‘villain’ of the uplifting piece —women’s wrestling coach P.R. Sondhi

Picking Up An Ankle With A Mat Finish
Photograph by Prabhjot Singh Gill
Picking Up An Ankle With A Mat Finish
outlookindia.com
2017-01-21T12:11:37+05:30

It wasn’t superheroes or mythologies, romances or crime thrillers, comedies or musicals but a biopic on a sports personality that’s given Bollywood its highest revenue earner in over 100 years. And it took all ‘Mr Perfectionist’ Aamir Khan had to offer as producer and actor for the film’s fiendishly successfully run across the country in its fourth week. Dangal, a biopic of legendary wrestling coach Mah­avir Singh Phogat, had on last count already crossed Rs 350 crores and looks set to cross the Rs 400-crore mark—a new box-office benchmark.

Former wrestler and Dronacharya Award-winning coach Mahavir Phogat gets pride of place not only in the film but outside reel life too. He will always be remembered for shaping India’s first-ever woman wrestling gold medal winner at the Commonwealth Games—his daughter Geeta. She won gold in the 55 kg category in the Delhi Games in 2010, etching her name in the record books. Aamir Khan’s Mahavir brilliantly brings out the coach’s obsessive, single-minded goal: to...

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