While the entire Bollywood industry appreciated Aamir Khan's 'Dangal', an inspiring biopic on iconic wrestler family 'The Phogats', there was a bitter allegation that put the movie under a bad light.
Piara Ram Sondhi, the Commonwealth Wrestling coach of Geeta Phogat was furious with his portrayal in the movie. He was shown as a villainous character, who tried to teach Geeta wrong techniques, making her lose her championship title in a series of events.
He told ANI, "Mahavirji is an old friend of mine. I have a very close relation with the Phogat family. I have not seen the film yet, but the facts told to me by my students highlight things that I didn't do. Just to spice things up you can't defame me. I know the name isn't the same, but it's quite evident that I am the person being referred to here."
Describing the climax where Aamir Khan (Mahavir Phogat) is forcefully locked in the room to prevent him from seeing Geeta's final match, he added, "If something like that happened in reality, even though there was so much security, do you think the media would have been quiet?"
Aamir Khan patiently waited to break his silence on the controversy and made sure that this doesn't get out of hand and no legal repercussions are faced by him and the crew of 'Dangal'.
He said, "No, he was not actually locked up in the room. Like in every biopic, some bit of fiction is added but the spirit of the story of Mahavir, Geeta and Babita is intact. There may be a few incidents here and there which may not have happened exactly that way but in essence, it is their story."
There were many such events in the movie that were fictional and posed a question in the minds of the audience. Do you think it's justified to have fiction when making a biopic?