Former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression.


Nitesh Tiwari
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Credited cast:
Aamir Khan ... Mahavir Singh Phogat
Fatima Sana Shaikh ... Geeta Phogat
Sanya Malhotra ... Babita Kumari
Sakshi Tanwar ... Daya Kaur
Aparshakti Khurana ... Omkar
Zaira Wasim ... Young Geeta
Suhani Bhatnagar ... Young Babita
Ritvik Sahore ... Young Omkar (as Ritwik Sahore)
Girish Kulkarni ... Coach Pramod Kadam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ravi Aneja Ravi Aneja ... Referee
Anurag Arora Anurag Arora ... Mahavir's Brother
Mahesh Balraj ... Organiser
Vivan Bhatena ... Harkinder
Anmol Charan Anmol Charan ... Little Omkar
Karamveer Choudhary ... Father of Mahaveer Singh Fogat


Biopic of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat. Geeta Phogat was India's first female wrestler to win at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where she won the gold medal (55 kg) while her sister Babita Kumari won the silver (51 kg). Written by Dibyayan_Chakravorty

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You think our girls are any lesser than boys?


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It released theatrically in China on 5 May 2017, on 9,000 screens, "the widest ever release for an Indian film in any territory", and opened to overwhelming response from critics and audiences alike. See more »


In the beginning of the movie, there is a wrestling match between Aamir Khan and Vivan Bhatena in the office. When Vivan gets defeated, then he says to Aamir Khan that "you are good because you have defeated a state level champion". To that Aamir Khan replies that "dont feel bad as you are been defeated by a national level champion". Its quite surprising that how come a state level player cannot identify a national level player especially when both belong to Haryana as apparent by their accent. See more »


Daya Kaur: But wrestling is only for boys.
Mahavir Singh Phogat: You think our girls are any lesser than boys?
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Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Music by: Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by: Daler Mehndi
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the best indian movie in the history
23 February 2020 | by MR_HeracliusSee all my reviews

If I would I've seen this movie in 2016, it certainly would have been in my list of best movies. If you're going to this movie thinking Aamir will be flexing and showcasing his acting prowess then well and good but the girls are the highlight of the movie, hands down. SCRIPT - Major props to bringing out a story which is inspiring and one which India needs right now. The story is kept grounded in reality. No over-the-top gimmicks. The songs blend in very well with the premise. None of the scenes linger on for a long period of time. There was a very natural flow to the story which helped engage the audience for 2 hours and 41 minutes. Even movies like Mary Kom or Bhaag Milkha Bhaag started to drag by the end but hats off to Piyush Gupta and Shreyas Jain. I have said this that dialogue shouldn't seem like dialogue unless it is a musical or a re-imagining of a play. The dialogue in this movie is a lesson as to how dialogue should be used. Little nods and grunts and expressions serve more than an explanatory conversation. I am not a fan of narration and I wasn't really liking it here either. It was fine for the light-hearted scenes but the serious scenes required silence but I can give it a pass. The only scene which felt a bit off is where Mahavir gets locked up in a room before the final fight. If it didn't happen in reality then it was really unnecessary. DIRECTION - Chillar Party was a movie with some serious message but was a little preachy and Bhootnath Returns went full preachy. Nitesh Tiwari toned down that preaching to a very natural level in this movie. Every single topic that has happened or still happens in a family was touched upon. Beginning from the sleaziness of men to child-marriage to the sacrifice parents make, everything was utilised to the advantage of the movie. None of that brought the movie to a halt. The first half of the movie had a good amount of comedy and that gelled into the second half with ease. The thing that many might not notice that there are no pay-off scenes except for the last scene. If the audience reaches a peak before the ending then the pay-off wouldn't have a solid effect, if used multiple times. Pay-off scenes are those scenes where the characters are shown to be doing things in extra slow-motion to have an orgasmic effect on the audience and the director cleverly used it at the end in order to give proper tribute to the art and the character. FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY - This section needed a category of it's own and quite deservedly. I saw Mary Kom, Sultan and Saala Khadoos which had extensive fight scenes and all of the movies had extremely lack-lustre fight scenes. The camera moved too much in order to cover up the actor/actresses' incapability to fight. In comparison to all those movies, here the camera just followed the fighters. No wide-shots of the fight from the audience's perspective because that allows the stunt double to come in. All the fights had the actresses in the scene and hats off to all of them for their dedication. ACTING - Like I said before, the best performance among some amazing performances was of the newcomer Fatima Sana Shaikh. That said, it will really be unjust to name one performance as the best performance because everyone was amazing in this movie. Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Sanya Malhotra, Aparshakti Khurana,Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar,Ritwik Shore and Girish Kulkarni gave amazing performances. As Aamir had put on so much weight, that altered his physicality a lot which enhanced his performance to another level. Sakshi Tanwar should be doing more movies. She gave a very subdued and nuanced performance. Sanya Malhotra as the grown up Babita had very few scenes but her eyes spoke when she didn't have any dialogue. Zaira Wasim and Sulhani Bhatnagar were awesome, just awesome. I was in awe how they are able to emote so much at their age. Ritwik Shore and Aparshakti Khurana together made Omkar a memorable character. I think they had some of the best scenes in the entire movie. I wanted to kill Girish Kulkarni after Ugly and after this I still want to kill him and that's a compliment. The side actors who formed the audience and little roles like the Dangal organiser and the guy who had sleazy theatre also gave substance to the movie. FINAL VERDICT - I am sure everyone has seen this movie by now and if you haven't then please do. It's a complete movie and it is very rare to see a complete movie, without gimmicks nowadays. I loved how they had such eye for detail because they gave that damaged effect to Aamir's ear. Many wouldn't notice it but it's great to that they did to provide authenticity to the character and the movie. It's a 10/10 for me and one of the best movies of 2016.

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Release Date:

21 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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Ludhiana, Punjab, India See more »


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INR700,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,248,481, 25 December 2016

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Dolby Atmos



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2.35 : 1
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