Dangal (English: wrestling competition) is an upcoming Indian biographical sports drama film directed by Nitesh Tiwari. The film is produced by Disney Studio India.The film stars Aamir Khan portraying the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat.Geeta Phogat was India's first female wrestler to win at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where she won the gold medal (55 kg) while her sister Babita Kumari won the silver (51 kg). Dangal is the native name of a wrestling site in Hindi which is popular in India. It has also regional names like Kusti and Pehlwani in India. Dangal is scheduled to release on 23 December 2016. The music for Dangal will be composed by Pritam, while lyrics will be written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.
Aamir Khan as Mahavir Singh phogat
Sakshi Tanwar as Daya Kaur, wife of Mahavir Singh Phogat
Fatima Sana Shaikh as Geeta Phogat, daughter of Mahavir Singh Phogat
Sanya Malhotra as Babita Kumari, daughter of Mahavir Singh Phogat
Zaira Wasim as child Geeta Phogat
Suhani Bhatnagar as child Babita Kumari
Ananya as Sarita, youngest daughter
In April 2015, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra were cast as the daughters of Mahavir Phogat, who hails from the Jat community of Balali village of Bhiwani, Haryana.Geeta Phogat had also participated in the London Olympics in 2012.Babita also won gold in 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In June 2015, child actors Zarina Wasim (from Kashmir) and Suhani Bhatnagar (from Delhi) were roped in for Dangal. Ayushmann Khurrana's brother Aparshakti Khurrana has also been cast in the film. Mukesh Chhabra is the casting director of Dangal. Vikram Singh has been recruited to play the role of the villain in Dangal. Aamir has lost some weight and learnt Haryanvi lessons and dialect training for the film. However, Aamir Khan has reportedly gained 30 kg weight for the new role and now weighs 98 kg. He is playing two distinct roles in the film: one is the 60-year-old wrestler Mahavir Phogat, and the other is a 20-year-old who is depicting the role of the young life of the same wrestler. Aamir Khan's nephew Pablo (son of Mansoor Khan) is working as Dangal's assistant director.Mallika Sherawat had auditioned for a role in Dangal.As per the news in August 2015, Rajkumar Rao, who has previously worked with Aamir Khan in Talaash, was approached for an important role in Dangal.Finally, after auditioning 70 actresses for role, Sakshi Tanwar was brought onto the film as Daya Kaur (the wife of Mahavir Singh Phogat). Ananya was chosen to play Sarita, youngest daughter of Mahavir Phogat.In October 2015, Vivan Bhatena was selected to play negative role in the film.
The shooting schedule of Dangal commenced on 1 September 2015. Villages of Ludhiana have been given a Haryanvi transformation. The shooting took place in the villages of Gujjarwal, Narangwal, Kila Raipur, Dango and Leel in Punjab and Haryana. Interestingly, the village of Dango, which is in the Pakhowal Tehsil in Ludhiana, is veteran actor Dharmendra's ancestral village.From September 2015 to December 2015, Aamir Khan will be gaining 9% fat, weighing around 98 kg for Dangal, and from January 2016 to April 2016, he will gain the shape that he had opted for Dhoom 3 and will hear the script for next future films, halting shooting of Dangal for said period.The first scene taken on 21 September 2015 in ludhiana with the presences of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his both daughters Geeta Phogat, Babita Kumari. The first schedule of shooting was also done in schools and in Dango village which is located in Pakhowal Tehsil in Ludhiana.
Music for Dangal will be composed by Pritam. ‘Dangal’ will have foot-tapping music with soulful traditional touch. Pritam and Aamir Khan were away from the city, in Aamir’s Panchgani house, to solely concentrate on making music for Dangal. Aamir will give immediate response to Pritam’s compositions while he is also keenly looking into how the music of the film will be like. It was reported that Singer Daler Mehndi has sung a song in the movie.