Earlier this year, the Salman Khan – Anushka Sharma starrer ‘Sultan’ stormed the box-office and turned out to be (quite expectedly) the biggest grosser of the year. Though the sports based film managed to strike a chord with both the critics and the audience, it received some flak for its portrayal of a feisty, young woman (Aarfa, played by Anushka Sharma) who gives up on her dreams and aspirations and settles for a domesticated life. While most of the people did not find anything wrong about a woman making a choice to put her profession on the backburner and become a homemaker, some had serious issues with it.
After watching the trailer of Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’, one is quite sure that no matter how the film is received by the audience, they would not accuse the film of having sexist undertones. Reason? Simple – while Salman Khan led the show in ‘Sultan’, in ‘Dangal’, Mahavir Singh (Aamir) trains his two daughters to excel in the sport of wrestling and win gold medals for the country.
Both ‘Sultan’ and ‘Dangal’ had their lead protagonists playing wrestlers but as evident from the trailer, the films are different from each other. One sees some similaritites in which both the characters (Mahavir and Sultan) have been drawn out but there seems to be no connection between the basic plotline of the two films.
The trailer, though impressive, gives one an impression of the film having a narrative that borrows plot points from standard sports films. One hopes that’s not true and the film has much more to offer. Director Nitesh Tiwari (‘Chillar Party’ and ‘Bhoothnath Returns’) has decent credentials and one expects him to dish out a sports drama that is high on emotions.