Dangal is out and is being hailed by critics and audience alike. A sports film like not seen in India they are saying. We the sports junkies at India.com are yet to see the film. We have not been not looking forward to the film but just hope that they have got the facts correct unlike other sports flicks in this land. We have had a couple of recent cases in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Chak De! India where facts were not necessarily the best friends of the scripts. Also Read - Sports Ministry Sanctions Vinesh Phogat And Her Team's 40-day Training Camp in Hungary
To be fair, both were engaging films and that is what good cinema should be about. But Milkha Singh never set a world record in 400 m as shown in the film. We saw in Chak De! India that the Indian women’s hockey team won the World Cup. In reality, India have never even come close to winning that crown. Also Read - Deepak Punia, Two Other Wrestlers Test Positive For COVID-19
Mahavir Singh Phogat is an inspiration to not just Indian sport but more importantly, to human spirit. To have trained six girls to become excellent wrestlers or at least close to excellent wrestlers is a tribute to his hard work as a wrestling enthusiast and goodness as just an excellent, supreme human being. (Dangal movie premiere: Salman Khan’s family add chaar chand to the shimmery event of Aamir Khan’s film (See Pics)) Also Read - Wrestler Sushil Kumar on National Sports Awards, Says 'Maintain Dignity Of These Awards'
But we hope that facts are not overtly distorted in Dangal. While it may help in making the film more dramatic, it only makes it less authentic. Or maybe that is just a handicap that you may have if you are a sports nut who wants to bite his teeth into the film but may get distracted if the screenplay is too dramatic. We hope to believe that the film is a good one that gets its authentic code cracking, nothing wrong in expecting that.