Aamir Khan unveiled the poster of his movie ‘ Dangal’ on September 21, 2015, The shooting for the movie commenced on the same date and the movie is due to release on December 23, 2016.
Flush from the stupendous success of PK, which is India’s highest grossing movie till date, the laser-focused Aamir Khan finally zeroed on an Indian biographical sports movie ‘Dangal’ that is directed by Nitesh Tiwari (of Chillar Party and Bhootnath Returns fame). The movie is produced by Disney Studio India. Mukesh Chabbra was the casting director for the film.
Aamir Khan plays the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, the man who taught wrestling to his daughters, Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat. The wrestler hails from Balali Village in Biwani, Haryana.While Geeta became the first Indian female wrestler to win the 2010 Commonwealth Games (Gold Medal), Babita won the Silver.
Aamir Khan even interviewed them on an episode on ‘Gender Equality’ for sports on Satyameva Jayate.
Aamir Khan stars at Mahavir Singh Phogat. Sakshi Tanwar plays the role of Daya Kaur, wife of Mahavir Singh.
The two daughters who played Geeta and Babita Phogat are Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra.
The role of the selector is played by Rajkummar Rao.
The other cast members include Zara Wasim (childhood version of Geeta Phogat) and Suhani Bhatnagar (childhood version of Babita Kumar), Gautam Gulati, Vikram Singh and Aparshakti Khurrana (real life brother of Ayushmann Khurrana). In fact, Vikram Singh will play a negative character in the film. In fact, Sakshi Tanwar was finally penciled in for the role with more than 70 actresses competing for it.
Fatima Sana Shaikh (born 1992) has worked in a few films like Chachi 420, One 2 Ka 4 and has been a part of a TV serial called Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo (character of Suman).
Sanya Malhotra (born 1992) is a model who has worked in TV ads including Wynk.
Real life Mahavir Singh Phogat, Geeta and Babita Kumari (Pictures)
Actresses playing female wrestlers in Dangal (Pictures)
Aamir Khan’s look for Dangal
Aamir Khan plays two roles in the film, one is that of a 20 year old (youth version) and the other one, aging 60 years. For the 60 year old character, Aamir Khan piled 30 kgs of weight, weighing 98 kilos in all.