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Dangal Movie Review
24.12.16 - Meena Iyer*
Dangal Movie Review



Dangal Movie Review
 
CRITIC'S RATING: 4.5/5
 
CAST: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra
DIRECTION: Nitesh Tiwari
GENRE: Biography
DURATION: 2 hours 41 minutes
 
DANGAL STORY: When Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir), a wrestler from Haryana, loses hope of having a son, he trains his daughters Geeta (Fatima) and Babita (Sanya) to make wrestling history, thus breaking the taboo of Indian women participating in a sport thus far dominated by men. 
 
DANGAL REVIEW: In the story department, Dangal offers few surprises because Geeta and Babita's historic wins at the Commonwealth Games and following championships are common knowledge. However, this screen adaptation serves as a recap of their arduous journey and it vigorously recaptures their stubborn father's resolve to make them professional wrestlers against the odds. Since it encapsulates the historic wins of the Phogats, who brought India glory, the film is also bound to inspire more women to seriously consider kushti as a sport. 
 
What works wonderfully here is the writing. Director Nitesh Tiwari, along with Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Mehrotra should be complimented for their tongue-in-cheek quality, peppered with humour and several poignant father-daughter emotions all through. Of course, a little bit is lost in translation because of the Haryanvi twang. But, messages on our obsession with the male child (prevalent since the dark ages), myopic stand on bringing up our daughters and the administration’s pathetic disposition towards sports, are loud and clear. 
 
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. An ungainly Aamir (22 kilos heavier) with grey hair is pitch-perfect as the ziddi yet sensitive parent. The 51-year-old actor should be complimented for experimenting with his roles, unlike his contemporaries who prefer to play safe. Sakshi as his wife, is restrained, yet effective. And, the debutants Fatima and Sanya are easily this year’s best finds. 

Music director Pritam and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya manage an earthy soundtrack with Daler Mehndi’s title track pumping up the adrenaline. Also, the soft track Gilheriyaan, the Haryanvi rap and hip-hop Haanikarak Bapu and the Dhakaad number, are in perfect tandem with the narrative.
 
COLLECTION: Dangal which released across 4000 plus screens in India, opened on a strong note as it registered collections of Rs 29.78 crore on Day One, including Rs 59 lakh from its Tamil and Telugu versions. The Aamir starrer has become the second highest opener of the year - interestingly, 'Sultan' which saw the highest opening with Rs 36.59 crore, is also a wrestling drama.

(*courtesy: Times of India)




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Rajinikanth’s 2.0's budget hiked to Rs 400 crore
03.12.16 - TEAM PT
Rajinikanth’s 2.0's budget hiked to Rs 400 crore



Riding high of the success of Kabali, superstar Rajinikanth will be next seen in the gargantuan project 2.0, a sequel to the blockbuster Tamil film Enthiran.

Recently, 2.0 had a grand first look launch in Mumbai and the posters have already piqued the curiosity quotient among fans.
 
The movie has been announced to be made on a lavish budget of Rs 350 crores and 2.0 is said to have a huge dose of visual effects. The recently unveiled first look garnered wide response and with the entry of Bollywood Superstar Akshay Kumar as the lead antagonist, 2.0 have become ever bigger.
 
The latest update is that the makers raised the budget of 2.0 by Rs 50 crores considering the film’s craze and to enhance the visual effects. The makers revealed that they are taking enough measures to reach the Hollywood standards.
 
Now, the amount has a clear margin from Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali 2 that was touted to be the costliest Indian movie, at a budget of Rs 250 crore.
 
VFX designer of 2.0 V Srinivas Mohan, who worked on both Baahubali and Enthiran, says that 2.0 will have the best VFX effects ever. The film also packs some action-heavy sequences as Hollywood stunt choreographer Kenny Bates was roped in to worked closely with the 2.0 crew. Kenny is known for blockbuster Hollywood flicks like Pearl Harbour, Transformers and Die Hard.
 
Speaking about the film, Raju Murugan, who is the creative head of Lyca Productions was quoted by The Hindu as saying, "Considering that the film has received a tremendous buzz, we have decided to make sure that the film really measures up to Hollywood standards. We are spending more money to enhance the visual effects of the film."

Akshay Kumar plays an antagonist Dr. Richard, an ornithologist in the film.

Directed by Shankar, the film also stars Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey and Adil Hussain in pivotal roles. The film will release in 6 -Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, English, Japanese and Chinese.

The film has music by Academy Award winner AR Rahman and slated to release on Diwali next year.
 
2.0 is still not the costliest film in Asia as it was touted to be. China’s forthcoming epic fantasy film, Asura tops the rank with a budget of $100 million, that is close to Rs 600 crore.




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