Dangal!

Maa ke pet se marghat tak hai
Teri kahani pag pag pyaare
Dangal dangal, dangal dangal !!

These words by Amitabh Bhattacharya from the movie Dangal, tell the exact reality of our lives. Dangal, one of most awaited movies of the year has arrived and what a film it is! Dangal is a father’s quest to give his daughters a great future. It is a fight with one’s own self to stretch their limit and achieve what no one has achieved. It is a Dangal with the society, the people who have always considered girls inferior than boys and defined rules for girls to live their lives.

But, when a girl breaks the stereotype, challenges the norms of this society and achieves what she wants to, there is always a man behind her and that’s her father. The father who had to listen to all those people who said your daughters should not, she must not, and she cannot and still stood by her to support her. Hats off to Mahavir Singh Phogat who took the courage of going against all odds and train his daughters to make them world class champions.

A brilliant job done by Aamir khan and the entire team of Dangal. The story has been kept simple and yet strong. The director has highlighted important events which has happened in the journey from a small village of Balali to the Gold medal of common wealth games such as the girls wearing T-shirts and Half pants for the first time while they were training, their hair cut short even when they protested against it, the father throwing them in the river asking them to rescue themselves. These events highlight that the father wanted the girls to be stronger, disciplined and self-dependent.

One moment where the father presses his daughter’s legs because they are tired of the training and confesses that he can either be a father or a coach and when he is a coach, father will have to take a back seat. Must Say, Mahavir Singh Phogat is a passionate man. There is a time, where he comes and stays at patiala to train his daughters, six months before the common wealth games.

These moments have been captured very beautifully in the film by the director Nitesh Tiwari. Kudos to him for not making them too dramatic and yet delivering the right message.

Aamir khan has done justice to his character. He has picked up the right dialect, the clothing, his physique everything builds it up to the character extremely well. All the girls Zaira (Young Geeta), Fatima, Sanya and Suhani (Young Babita) and done a brilliant job. Special mention to Fatima Sana Sheikh, who has played the character of Geeta Phogat. Sakshi Tanwar has been a great Daya kaur, the women who was struggling to be a caring mother and a supporting wife.

The movie has been shot in beautiful locations. The music has been embedded beautifully in the story. Every element of the film has been put so well that, it feels like it’s all real, just happening to you right in front of your eyes. Each one of us can relate to this movie in our own ways.

I will rate this movie 5/5. This movie is for everyone, irrespective of your age group. It will give you the motivation to challenge yourself and be the better version of you. And yes, if you have a daughter, please take her to watch this movie and tell her that there is nothing in this world that she should not and must not do just because she is a Girl! She can be the best in the game beating all those boys out there! Wish you all a Merry Christmas:)

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

I will begin this with an earnest confession! My Husband watched this movie during one of his flights to Delhi and since, then he has been all praises about the movie “The Hundred-foot journey”. And, then came the premier announcement of the movie on Star Movies Select HD on 26th Sept at 9:00 p.m.

He set a reminder on the digital TV and made sure I was not busy doing anything. And, the movie starts with the story of a family moving to Europe due to political unrest in India. Initially they moved to UK but when things didn’t work out, they decided to go to France to give shapes to their dream.  Om Puri, who is Papa to the family, decides to open up an Indian restaurant in a French village. The family opposed at first; the location being right opposite to Le Saule Pleureuer, the Michelin starrer restaurant run by Madame Mallory. But he sticks to his decision and makes it possible by opening Maison Mumbai. He proves that if you are truly passionate about something, you should do it, no matter what. Om Puri is cute, funny and warm. Simply loved him!! Some people just get better with age and I guess he is one of them.

Though this triggers a war between both the owners and they try to stop each other from functioning in different ways until one day, someone tries to set Maison Mumbai on fire and writes “France for French” on its wall.  Madame Mallory cleans it up and Hassan, the second son of the family who is the cook offers to make an omelette for Madame Mallory. She loved it and makes him an offer to join her restaurant and learn French cuisine. This was the hundred foot journey from Maison Mumbai to Le Saule Pleureuer. He does a great job and that makes Madame earn her second Michelin star for which she has been waiting for 30 years.

Manish Dayal, has played Hassan honestly with all his heart. I was surprised by the simplicity and the dignity with which he has played his character in this film. Hassan is supported by Marguerite, played by Charlotte le Bon who has helped him in understanding French cuisine by gifting him books and giving him the cue to please Madame Mallory. She is beautiful and flawless in her character.

But, the lady who has led the story is Madame Mallory, played by Helen Mirren. She is the “stubborn like an OX” yet has that capacity to identify the right chef, the one with the real gift. Though, a rival she has nice and supportive to Kadam family. Somewhere down my heart, I completely agree with the message of the movie. Wherever you go, whatever you do; you simply can’t forget where you come from. The real achievements are those, which can celebrated with family and may be that was the reason Hassan returned to this little village even after getting critical acclaim in Paris.

The reason my husband wanted me to watch this movie is that, he wanted to tell me importance of having a good food which according to him is not provided by my cooks. He wants me to cook more often:). During this entire movie, he didn’t let me move. He did the salads and served the food on table; which he does occasionally (This is extremely rare occasion, trust me). This shows that, the way to Man’s heart goes through his belly!!
The Director, Lasse Hallström has done an outstanding job. I felt as if the movie is an event happening right in front of my eyes. It was so real and there are bits of Hindi, as well. Thank you, Richard Morais for this lovely story. Special Mention to the soulful music, composed by our very own A. R. Rahman. It’s very well thought with right amount of sauces and spices to make it a perfect Dish! If you haven’t watched it yet, please do. And yes, please watch it with your family. You will have a great time.