In recent years Mr. Perfectionist Amir Khan has given some of the best movies of Bollywood, be it be Taare Zameen Par that beautifully depicts the story of a dyslexic child or 3 Idiots that strike over the education system prevailing in our society or P.K. that strike over religious disbeliefs and superstitions continuing his trend he has given one of the best movies of 2016 DANGAL. The movie is based on the real life story of Mr. Mahavir Singh Phogat (Dronacharya Award recipient for the year 2016) who trained his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat in wrestling and played a pioneer role in victory gold medal by Geeta Phogat in 55 kg category of Commonwealth Games of 2014 and silver medal victory of Babita Phogat in 51 Kg category in the same event.
The movie beautifully portraits the relationship of a child and parent. How our parents have a lot of expectations on their kids and they always want us to succeed in our lives. Sometimes we may feel that they are forcing their wishes on us however their only wish is to see us succeed. It’s just like birds, where mumma bird pushes the child out of the nest so that it can learn to fly, it doesn’t mean that she has abandoned the child. Same with our parents whenever we are in trouble they always stand by our side so that we get back on our own. No matter you are a girl or a boy you will always be the same for you parent and no matter how strict they are they will always love you selflessly.
Dangal, talks not only about Father-daughter relationship but also about the stereotypes we see in India. People want only a male child, they get disappointed to see a female child in their family. That’s also the reason of female foeticide. Haryana which is widely known for lowest sex ratio of 903 in 2016 (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sex-ratio-in-Haryana-improves-crosses-900-mark-after-a-decade/articleshow/50606234.cms ) in India and maximum number of female foeticide annually 4% of total foeticides (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/no-relief-from-female-foeticide-in-haryana/article5765814.ece) .In this movie Mahavir Singh Phogat believes in his daughters and also considers them not lesser than sons. Unlike others he doesn’t consider his daughters as burden. He wants them to be a wrestler even when his wife, cousins and the whole society stands against him. This movie talks about the determination and belief that Phogat has in him. He takes up cooking, leaves his job and doesn’t even mind to cut their hair to fulfill his dream. (To see India win a gold). He understood the capabilities of his daughters that made him stand against the entire village, but he never gave up and stood like a stone for his daughters. This made both the girls realize how great their father is and they took him and the sessions very seriously and the rest is history. This movie makes us believe that gender equality has to begin right from your own house. Mr. Phogat takes up to cooking when his wife rejects his plea to cook non-veg in her kitchen. He asks her for a year’s time when she protests against his decision of introducing wrestling to their daughters. He even asks his daughters to fight with their cousin and later against boys in Dangal. This movie also tells us that a gold medal is a gold medal whether it is won by a guy or a girl. This means if you educate our daughter she will also accomplish your dreams as a son would do!
The title track of the movie has very awesome lyrics. It gives us a message that no success in our life comes easily, if we have to taste the fruit of success we have to sweat hard (work hard) and reach to our destination. The movie is not about women empowerment but it gives us a very strong message that no matter you are a girl or a boy if you have faith in yourself and work hard honestly, one day you will taste the sweet fruit of success despite of having some initial hiccups or failures. Also we should never stop respecting our parents or think ourselves greater than them because it’s due to their prayers, well wishes and sacrifices we have reached to a position where we are. Lastly we should not take pride in our success because when we look into our mythological books a very learned scholar Ravana lost everything just because of his ego.
Ankit Prakash, a petroleum engineer, a foodie, a poet and someone who hates going to gym!