Dangal (2016)

Dangal ('Wrestling') revolves around the extraordinary life of Mahavir Singh, an ex-wrestler who is forced to give up his dreams of winning gold for India in international wrestling due to lack of financial support. He resolves to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 21, 2016
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman

Within that tight-lipped mask, [Khan] finds a hundred ways to communicate emotion. That's more than you can say for Dangal, a one-trick domestic sports drama that drags on for two hours and 40 minutes.

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J Hurtado

Dangal is a perfect entry point for outsiders afraid to approach Bollywood cinema.

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Shilpa Jamkhandikar

The sequences are wonderfully shot and choreographed, so much so that it is difficult to believe the actors aren't full-time wrestlers. And at the centre of it all is Aamir Khan. He plays Mahavir with practiced authority and impeccable timing.

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

Let it never be said that if you've seen one inspirational sports movie, you've seen them all.

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Rachit Gupta

This film is a thundering body slam of honest emotions and sheer hard work.

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Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times

I walked out of this film wiping away tears and feeling invincible. I felt I could wrestle down anything that hit me. How do you put a rating on that?

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Meena Iyer
The Times of India

It is to the film's credit that though Geeta and Babita's wins are documented, it still manages to engage the viewer with the wrestling tournaments and bring patriotic emotions to the fore. Most importantly, Dangal scores with its first-rate performances.

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Ben Sin
South China Morning Post

This feel-good sports drama based on true stories entertains and, more importantly, could empower young women to pursue male-dominated industries.

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Manjusha Radhakrishnan
Gulf News (UAE)

Dangal is the last major film to be rolled out in 2016 and Khan has saved the best for the last for his fans.

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