Movie Review: Dangal | 5/5

Dangal

The film opens with a television set projecting white noise. And by the time, you walk out of the film, everything else will feel like it.

Mahavir Singh Phogat (played by Aamir Khan), an amateur wrestler has a big dream and a straightforward goal, he wants his country, India to win a gold medal in wrestling. While he hopes for his children to fulfil this dream, he is blessed with four daughters. It takes him a while to realise that the sport of wrestling need not discriminate between the gender of its participants.

And once this realisation hits him, he’s unstoppable in training and preparing his two older daughters to emerge as winners for the wrestling arena.

From the innocence of Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar playing the young Geeta and Babita respectively to the shining performances of Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra as wrestling champions, the spotlight doesn’t rest on Aamir Khan alone.

To categorise it in any other way than a complete film would do Dangal injustice. It is the best in every genre it straddles, be it sports or family or entertainment.

The film had me in a riveting emotional grip, chuckling at the humour for relief, cheering as if I were watching a live match in the wrestling arena, beaming with pride at Geeta’s achievements and extremely satisfied at the end.

Every moment in the film is so beautifully crafted and seamlessly takes the storytelling notches higher.

There is a raw energy and passion exuding from the screen that makes you feel, rather than think. It brings out that child like fervour of watching a film in a cinema hall.

You’ll see for yourself that it makes you extremely proud of your roots, automatically give a standing ovation and not fall short on the applause.

Writer-director Nitesh Tiwari has given a gem of a film in Dangal. If Aamir Khan is the one who ensures a good outing at the cinema on Christmas, everyone else, including the writers, producers, cast and crew have evidently put their heart and soul into Dangal.

Some scenes and sequences won’t leave you. If parents and fathers, especially, can spend their entire lives for the success of their children, girls can be unstoppable and make the country proud, filmmakers can deliver cinema like Dangal, the least we can do is enjoy it and tell everyone about it.

This one is a gold medal winner in audience’s hearts and box offices alike.

Book your tickets for Dangal at www.goldcinema.co

Phone | The Bachchans

This is all happening so fast. And it is all so exciting.

Amitabh Bachchan | Work in progress

My twitter stream:

  • @dhruvis: Answered house phone. Received a call from justdial in @SrBachchan‘s voice. Trying to fool me with #KBC promos doing the rounds? ROTFL
  • @SrBachchan @dhruvis oh must check on this …
  • @dhruvis @SrBachchan Its quite funny. Sounds like a mimicry artist advertising justdial. I was so thrilled at the thought of getting into KBC. 😛
  • @dhruvis: This is hilarious! & now I receive a call from Idea asking if I want a V.I.P. number, since its available. @juniorbachchan promoting too?
  • @dhruvis: Start 2 the day has been fantastic. @SrBachchan‘s voice & @juniorbachchan‘s promoted telecom company showing quite some interest in me. 😀
  • @dhruvis: Second call: ‘Raj’ from Idea insists I must get the similar no. 😀

This morning took all the ‘phone’y-ness a couple of notches higher.

I receive a call from Justdial. “Pehchana? Main Amit bol raha hoon…”
And I, starry-eyed, imagine I’ve made it to Kaun Banega Crorepati.
As the conversation continues, I realize I’m listening to a prerecorded advertisement.

After my tweet exchange with Amitabh Bachchan (yes, it happened! :-D)
I receive 2 calls, this time from Idea, asking if I want a V.I.P. no. similar to mine

I have been warned not to look for signs.
I’m still giggling with excitement like a 16 yr old. 🙂
I’m so glad dad bought me this no. when I was still in school.

I am a proclaimed phone addict. Some people still have my no. saved as Munna Mobile. Yeah. Aamir Khan hangover is quite obvious. I’ve had the same no. since I got my first cellphone. To my luck or ‘un’luck, apparently, Juhi Chawla also has a similar no. (a digit here and there).
Over the years, I’ve received calls on her behalf and of course, she, loads of texts.
I woke up one morning in my cousin’s seaside bungalow to be reminded that I needed to take trials and fittings of the clothes kept aside for me at Tarun Tahiliani’s studio. Some way to break a girl’s heart.

Anyway, I love the ensemble Amitabh Bachchan sir is sporting today.

T92 -At the sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad shooting for Gujarat ... on Twitpic

It is absolutely simple and in a colour that represents freedom for me (white). I love how sheer fabrics drape when you wear them around your neck. (chunnis, dupattas, stoles, scarves…) Churidars must be well-fitted. Otherwise, you’re missing the point of wearing them. And lastly, it’s quite obvious I love his spectacle frames.

It’s been a great start to the day! Do you have ‘phone’y incidents to share?
A phone call that brought about a change in your life?
Please share in the comments section or tweet to me. I’d love to know! xoxo

Independence Day | Aamir Khan

Truly, Aamir Khan has been a pioneer.

He has always been my most favourite actor.
I remember the first time I met him.
I was all of 9. Carrying an autograph book.
Hovering around as he sat across the chair from my dad.
Coyly shaking his hand. Smiling. Shying away.
It’s one of my most treasured memories.

if I’ve changed over the years.
Aamir Khan has made waves with his appearances.

I recently did an article on his changing faces.
I had the most fun doing it. The research made me love him all the more.

Aamir Khan | Changing Faces 1
Aamir Khan | Changing Faces 2
Aamir Khan | Changing Faces 3

The discussion that followed between Deputy Editor, Filmfare, Anuradha Chaudhury and me was a gush session on Aamir. We’re both huge fans.

You can check out the article in print in the Filmfare issue dated July 7, 2010.
Or simply log on to the website at Filmfare.

The following advertisement is what I would like to accompany the article:

And I love this look of his for personal reasons 😛

Right after the production of my Filmfare article,
I went for a party to celebrate board exam students’ results.
Quite fitting. And an uncle made me take a spot poll.
What is everyone’s favourite Aamir khan look?
The popular answers were:
Andaz Apna Apna, Dil Chahta Hai, Rangeela, Rang De Basanti & 3 Idiots.

What is your favourite Aamir Khan look?
Leave your answers in the comments section. I would love to read!

Photographs: Dhruvi Shah

Independence Day | Freedom

What is freedom to you?

The idea changes every day, every month, every year…
When you’re younger, your dreams and hopes are alive
Don’t let time and age tarnish your personal goals
Be what you set out to be
There is no final destination
It’s the journey (through the rabbit hole) that is enriching

My most favourite freedom advertisement is:

What is your favourite freedom advertisement, clip, any form of media?
Please share in the comments section.

And of course, Happy Independence Day!

I love the Google tribute. Again. 🙂

To my surprise, I was up as sharp as the clock struck 9.
My teachers would have been proud.
My sister attended the flag hoisting ceremony at school.
While I discussed the press coverage with my parents. 😉