The Aamir Khan starrer wrestling movie 'Dangal' hit the big screens last week, and it was no less than a Bollywood super duper blockbuster. Crowned as the best movie in 2016, 'Dangal' also earned accolades for his performance as Mahavir Singh Phogat in the movie. While the entire Bollywood industry and fans appreciated the movie and the actors, the Phogat family had mixed reactions after watching 'Dangal'.
For Geeta Phogat, it was no less than an emotional rollercoaster and she was in tears after watching some of the scenes. Especially, while watching a particular scene where on-screen Geeta (Fatima) is wrestling her aged father, just to prove her point of her training being spot on.
"I did not enjoy watching that scene a lot as I realised how I treated my father and that I started thinking that I am some pahalwan (heavyweight). I did not like that scene as I got emotional watching it. It is not that I wrestled only once with my father, he used to often test us in the akhara (training centre). But I loved watching the entire movie," revealed the CWG Gold medalist.
From being a doting father to a strict coach, Mahavir's journey was less than a struggle, to make his and his daughters' dream to win the gold a reality. "Yes absolutely I had to go through that in my life. Just like a headmaster has to juggle, he has to teach the children in the school but not on the ground. In the night Geeta & Babita and the smallest one Ritu used to fight to sleep next to me and I used to pull them all close. So that has been shown absolutely correctly in the movie, in fact I have done much more than that," said Mahavir Singh Phogat.
Babita Phogat was totally inspired by the movie and felt that it did complete justice to their life's journey and struggles to reach this point in their lives. "We have seen the movie and it is 99% a true reflection of our lives and we loved it. I would like to thank Aamir sir and the entire team of Dangal for showing our story on the big scene," Babita revealed in an interview.
"They show a lot of genuine wrestling in the entire movie be it on mud or wrestling on mat. They even showcased the national championship so this is one thing that I really liked about the movie," added Geeta.
Even though there were a lot of facts that were fictional in the movie and didn't actually occur during the Commonwealth Games, the Phogat family was content with the outcome of 'Dangal'. The emotions and struggles of their family were appropriately captured on the celluloid and presented in front of the world.