Aamir Khan’s Dangal: The dialogues that Aamir Khan delivers in Dangal, set in the world of wrestling and rooted in rural Haryana, are simple, to the point and incisive
Aamir Khan film in which he does not toss off a string of insouciant lines of dialogue wouldn’t be an Aamir Khan film. Pretty much in the tradition of 3 Idiots and PK, the star’s latest release, Dangal, sets off in an all-new direction as he comes up with many a rough-and-ready home-truth about life and sporting success. The dialogues that Aamir Khan delivers in Dangal, set in the world of wrestling and rooted in rural Haryana, are simple, to the point and incisive. The lines capture the rustic and uncomplicated spirit of wrestler-turned-coach Mahavir Singh Phogat’s rugged land. The stage is set right at the outset and the audience is left in no doubt whatever about the stern stuff that Mahavir Phogat is made of.
Here are six killer lines from Dangal with a little backstory for each.
Watching grainy TV images of a wrestling final in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games in a small-town government office, Aamir’s character gets into a slanging match with a much taller colleague. The latter challenges the hero to a wrestling bout. Mahavir accepts the challenge. Chairs and desks are moved out of the way to create space for the duel. For Mahavir Phogat, it’s a walk in the park. He gets the better of his opponent thrice in a row with the moves of a true champion. The vanquished man sheepishly says: Dum hai tere mein, state-level champion ko haraya hai tune (You are no mean fighter, you have defeated a state-level champ).