Mhari choriyan choron se kam hai ke? Aamir Khan’s Dangal raises a question: Are our daughters any lesser than our sons?
Whenever I go down the memory lane of my school days, I remember the class topper was a girl. Girls have been maintaining the status quo by consistently excelling in studies even today, but till some time back, sports was not their arena.
Our so-called ‘weaker sex’ were hash-tagged with the titles like bechari and abla naari. It was a popular belief that girls, being physically weak, were not supposed to be good at sports. Their extracurricular recognition would not go beyond being the showpieces at the beauty contests. People forgot that the most enduring physical activity performed by any living being was giving birth to the future, which could only be executed by the females of the species.
Now the likes of Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta and Parmeshwar Singh Sindhu are punching those with the regressive mindset in the face. The first medal won by an Indian in the recent olympics was by a girl – Sakshi Malik. Aamir Khan’s Dangal, which releases on December 23, 2016, paints the akhada (wrestling ring) pink. The film vehemently makes a statement that we can vouch for our girls for bringing a gold medal in as physicality driven game as of wrestling. We don’t need to have a sexist mindset to earn our honour!
Aamir Khan plays Mahavir Singh Phogat, a wrestler and father of four girls, who always wanted a son to win a gold medal for the country. But when he sees that zing in two of his daughters, Geeta and Babita, he trains them hard. His ambition to make the country proud is carried forward by his daughters. The girls are sweating it hard in the trailer of Dangal (watch video) to make their father proud. Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra as Mahavir’s daughters are looking promising. The film seems to be an emotional drama of father-daughters relationship with an action-packed performance by the girls. Gone are the days when in a typical hindi flick, the brothers, fathers or the sons were supposed to be the custodians of the respective pride of the sisters, daughters or the mothers! Now the girls have themselves taken to Dangal! They are fighting for the country’s pride. This film is a thumbs up to the strength of the 47% population of this world, erstwhile labeled as the weaker sex. Now the girls are having all the fun!