Earlier this week I finally watched Aamir Khan starrer Dangal. Everyone from the critics to the movie goers were all applauses and praises for this sports biopic, so it was about time to catch this one.
In the whirlwind of laughter riot and a lump in the throat moments, I walked out of the theatre with my own set of praises and prejudices for this wrestling drama, but above all, I was certain of the thought that I walked out with: Dangal is a metaphor for life.
Why and how you ask? Read on…
The plot begins to build when Mahavir Singh Phogat (played by Aamir Khan) notices wrestling instincts in his daughters when they beat up boys and he thus holds onto this incident to reinstate his faith in fulfilling his unaccomplished dream to win a gold medal in wrestling for the country. Now isn’t that the basic rule of life? All we really need is a sign or symbol from the universe to hold on to and sail through our journey.
When realisation dawns upon him, Mahavir Singh’s thoughts echo, “Gold toh gold hota hai, chahey chora laawe ya chori.” (Gold is Gold, whether a boy wins it or a girl.) This message has perhaps been broadcasted over and again to sound like a broken record but this important life lesson that achievements are not gender biased needs to be served as a reminder each time we witness it in every walk of life.
Further in the film as Geeta (played by Fatima Sana Shaikh) progresses to an institute to learn newer wrestling techniques and gain more exposure in her social life, she starts turning averse to her father’s traditional techniques only to realise later that those real time teachings would help her achieve the big milestone. While this example is limited to the wrestling ring, most often in life we dismiss our parents’ ideologies because we believe we know it all, only to realise otherwise.
The heightened climax scene had everyone wondering if Mahavir Singh would make it for the last round to guide his daughter through the most important match round of her life and most of us were at the edge of our seats until we’re taken to a flashback scene of Singh telling his daughter that his role is to train her to fight the difficulties, to face and overcome them in his absence is her job. Most often we become dependent on people and resources expecting them to guide us through every important turn, we forget that they train us to drive, to hit the road safely is our job.
P.S: Those were the four among the many scenes from Dangal that makes me think it is a metaphor for life, after all how different is life from a wrestling ring! I’m gonna leave you with that thought, until next time, #StayCurious 🙂