I am among the late comers who have watched Dangal. Yes, I watched it couple of weeks ago. That’s too late right? Thanks to my daughter who wanted to watch it with me. Two of us have movie night every alternate Friday. She had already watched it when we went to India.
Usually we do not finish the whole movie in one seating. So on the next movie night, I asked her to finish the second half but she didn’t want to watch the second half. Reason being the girl in the movie talked rudely to her dad and she my princess was sad watching that. I agreed to her request and we decided on a different movie.
But I wanted to finish Dangal so I watched the second half on her school days. While watching it, I felt like writing a post on it. Not a movie review but something that I had experienced. Wrestling is considered as boy’s sport considering the strength and energy that goes in it. Dangal is the true story of a hardworking father, Mahavir Phogat, who trained his daughters –Geeta and Babita to become some of the best wrestlers of the country when women weren’t considered to be capable of wrestling. Recognizing their caliber, going against all the odds he trained them; he encouraged them to excel.
Being a parent, we may not agree with everything shown in the movie such as we shouldn’t impose our expectations on kids or we should respect their dreams and desires. But there are few good messages too that comes along with it.
Apart from the message the movie conveys that there shouldn’t be any discrimination between a girl and boy;Girls are nowhere weaker than boys. I saw few other messages too..
- Never be judgemental towards your parents: Parents have to get strict at many occasions but it is only because they want to see the best for their children.
- Siblings are our biggest moral supporters: And they also help us staying down to earth. In the movie when the elder one wins many medals, she starts questioning her dad’s teaching style saying that it is outdated (that’s the part my daughter didn’t like). But that time, her younger sister reminds her of their initial days.
- Many time we have to fight against the odds if we have to rise: Everything doesn’t come in an easy manner. We have to face many challenges, fight against them, stand for ourself and come out of it as a winner. That’s the true success. Success is not just never loosing. Success is getting up every time you fall and starting with extra force.
- Old is gold: Even if new things may look like gold but one shouldnever forget their roots, their teachings. They may seem rusty in the flashiness of the new ones but if you can focus and think back to what you have learned in the past, the answer could be something you already know.
- Believe in yourself, motivation should come from within: Your coach, teacher, mentor can only guide you till a certain level. The inner zeal is what takes you to the heights. In the movie, when Geeta was fighting the last deciding moments, she remembered her father’s coaching lessons. She remembered when he said scoring a 5 points in boxing is not very easy but it’s not impossible. She recollected all her strength, positivity, confidence and scored those 5 points and won the medal.
What do you have to say? Do you want to add anything else? I am assuming you have watched Dangal. If not then, please do watch it.
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