A new twist to Dangal’s authenticity


Well, Aamir Khan may be getting accolades as well as box-office revenues thanks to his portrayal of Mahavir Singh Phogat, but according to PTI, Olympian Vinesh Phogat feels that her uncle Mahavir Singh was “10 times stricter” than the bapu hanikarak  the megastar displays in the film.

Vinesh, is surprised at the aura the film has created. “It’s kind of strange that how much more popular the entire Phogat clan has become post release of Dangal. But what surprises me is the media frenzy post film release. I think the media that came with Aamir Sir during Geeta di’s marriage outnumbered the ones who came after Sakshi (Malik) won bronze,” Vinesh said to the News Agency.

“Actually, I am so busy with my rehab at the JSW set up in Bengaluru that I have not been able to watch the film till now. Aamir Sir had requested me to come to Mumbai for the premiere, but I had to give it a miss as it would have hampered my rehab routine,” Vinesh, a cousin of Geeta and Babita portrayed in the film said.

Asked about the strictness Mahavir Singh Phogat followed, Vinesh said: “He was 10 times more strict than what I have been told has been shown in the film. He was at a different level. And obviously, at the India camp, it is very different kind of training than what we learnt at home. Under tauji (uncle), it was exercise and strength training in the morning and mat training during evenings. At India camp, it’s very different and according to need of each wrestler,” said Vinesh.

If we are looking at authenticity, then Vinesh’s opinion would kick up a controversy. But for cinematic liberty, certain changes are made for celluloid experience. Aamir, you have the answer!


About digantaguha

To introduce myself, I am a journalist, blogger and have also taught Political and Sports Journalism in the Future Media School in Kolkata. I am currently working with Sports News Crunch as a Consulting Editor and as a Guest Faculty at the Techno India University. Over all, I have around 15 years of experience as a journalist having worked with esteemed publications like Hindustan Times, Business Standard, The Pioneer and others. You can contact me at diganta2211@gmail.com. Diganta Guha
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