Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, Dangal tells the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters Geeta and Babita. After failing to achieve his dream of winning his country a gold medal in wrestling, Phogat decides to train his daughters to fulfil his dream. Paying no heed to the opposition from his fellow villagers in Balali, Haryana, he successfully moulds his daughters into world-class wrestlers.
His elder daughter Geeta Phogat went on to win India’s first ever gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Babita Kumar won the silver at the Commonwealth Games that year and would go on to win the gold medal in 2014.
In the film, Aamir Khan stars as Mahavir Singh Phogat. For the role, Khan put himself through an extreme body transformation. He first put on weight and weighed a total 97kgs for the character’s later years and then toned back down for the scenes involving a younger Mahavir.
Debutantes Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra play Geeta and Babita respectively. Child actors Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar star as the younger versions of Geeta and Babita. The film was written by Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Mehrotra.
Dangal went on to become the highest grossing Indian film of all time and also the 5th highest-grossing non-English film. In China alone, it collected more than Rs 1200 crores at the box office. The film won 4 Filmfare awards – Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Action. Zaira Wasim also won the National Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in this film.