Sports drama 'Dangal' brakes all box office records

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Tuesday, January, 03 2017 - 16:12

Biographical sports drama film Dangal (Wrestling competition) directed by Nitesh Tiwari, broke all box office records on its second weekend, by raking in a massive Rs 72.93 crore.

It stars Aamir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari. The former is India's first female wrestler to win at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where she won the gold medal (55 kg). Her sister Babita Kumari won the silver (51 kg). 

Dangal tells a story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, an amateur wrestler who was forced to give up wrestling due to financial difficulties. He was unable to win a gold medal for India and vows that his son will. He is disappointed when his wife gives birth to four daughters. He gives up his dream thinking that girls cannot wrestle and should only be taught household chores. But when his older daughters, Geeta and Babita come home after beating up two boys, Mahavir realises his daughters have the potential to become wrestlers.

The shooting of Dangal began on 21 September 2015 in Ludhiana with the presences of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his both daughters Geeta Phogat, Babita Kumari.

The villages of Ludhiana were given a Haryanvi transformation. The team filmed in and around stadiums at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune. At the time, the complex hosted the 2015 Rollball World Cup, and athletes of the Netherlands national rollball team and Slovenia women's national rollball team were recruited to play background athletes in the film. 

Dangal was released in the United States on 21 December 2016 and worldwide on 23 December 2016.

Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that the film holds an 83% approval rating, based on 6 reviews, with an average score of 7.3/10.

Meena Iyer of The Times of India rated 4.5/5 stars, saying "The film is bound to inspire more women to seriously consider kushti as a sport."

Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times rated 4/5 stars, saying, "This could be Aamir (Khan)'s best performance till date."

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV rated 4/5 stars, saying "a hugely entertaining sporting saga that works simply as a piece of good old storytelling".

'Dangal' became Aamir's fifth film after 'Ghajini', '3 Idiots', 'Dhoom 3' and 'PK' to enter the Rs 100-crore club.

The film collected Rs 29.78 crore (US$4.4 million) on its opening day which is recorded as the second highest non-holiday opening.

As of 1 January 2017, the film has collected Rs141.60 crore from overseas' markets, making worldwide gross upto Rs 517.25 crore.


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