Dangal — why everybody loved it


Every movie-goer, be it in India or China or elsewhere, has great things to say about the movie Dangal. Everyone loves it. All critics have praised it to the skies. After it finished its very successful India run, the film was released in China, and the Chinese have shown their appreciation too. Even months after its release, the film is going strong at the box office and running to packed houses. In fact, it has now become the fifth-highest-grossing non-English film worldwide.


Facts about Dangal


Directed by Nitesh Tiwari and starring Aamir Khan (Mahavir Phogat), Sakshi Tanwar (Daya Kaur), Zaira Wasim (young Getta Phogat), Fatima Sana Shaikh (grown-up Geeta Phogat), Suhani Bhatnagar (young Babita) and Sanya Malhotra (grown-up Babita) in key roles, the movie is nearing Rs 2000 crore world-wide.  It has become the fifth highest non-English grosser and the 30th highest grosser ever globally.

Produced by Aamir Khan Productions, Walt Disney Pictures and UTV Motion Pictures, Dangal tells the true story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former amateur wrestler. For some reasons, he cannot fulfill his dream of becoming an international champion, and so he trains his daughters in wrestling so that at least they can become global wrestlers. The film details the story of his difficulties and his eventual success.

No Indian movie has ever earned so much money so quickly. No Indian movie has earned so much outside India. Dangal has rewritten the rules of Bollywood filmmaking and marketing.

Why it became such a huge success

There are many reasons why the film is such a big hit. Here are some of them:

  • Aamir Khan is a terrific actor who has made a name for himself, not only in India, but also abroad. In China, he has a huge fan following. Ever since 3 Idiots was released there, He has become quite popular in that country.
  • The storyline is such that anybody can relate to it. Everybody loves a family saga in which parents, children, struggle and eventual success is a theme.
  • Female empowerment is, again, something that people in India, China, etc, love to promote. Treating daughters equal to sons, not discriminating against them, helping them make it big – who can resist such a story?
  • Besides, the film has been edited very well. There are no unnecessary distraction in the form of songs and dances. The few songs that do feature in the movie do not disturb the flow at all.




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