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Much awaited Aamir Khan movie “Dangal”, hopes to smash gender stereotypes upon release

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DANGAL, Aamir Khan’s much awaited movie is all set to hit screens on the 23rd of December this year.

So what makes Dangal special other than the fact that it stars the elusive Aamir?.

Dangal aims to smash gender stereotypes by portraying a story of female wrestlers. The idea of this movie came from a newspaper article about Mahavir Singh Phogat and his wrestler daughters. Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO of UTV movies, fell in love with this story and started looking for a director for the movie. Nitesh Tiwari, director of “Chillar Party”, was chosen for the much coveted position. As soon as Tiwari came on board, he travelled to Haryana to convince the Phogats. After convincing them, it was time to convince Aamir Khan and he did that too successfully.

Dangal is about Mahavir Singh Phogat, an ex-wrestler, who dreamt of winning a gold medal for India. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to achieve his dream because of various circumstances. He moved on with life and decided that his sons would take up his mantle some day. But as luck would have it, he was blessed with four girls in the coming years. Phogat lost all hope of projecting his dream onto his children when this happened.

Little did he know that destiny had other plans?

One day his two eldest daughters came back home after beating up some boys! The latter had teased them and the girls had decided to not keep quiet. This instantly gave Phogat hope and he decided to train two of his daughters as wrestlers.

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Dangal is all about showing that gender has nothing to do with achievements. The movie shows the struggle which Phogat endured for over a decade while training his daughters like boys. It also explores all the problems the girls faced, from financial crisis to apathy of government officials.

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