Before you read ahead, this post comes with a disclaimer – you are entering into spoiler territory. So if you are planning to see Dangal in the coming days and do not
want us to spoil the movie for you, STOP READING AHEAD!
Now that the disclaimers are done away with, let’s get to the story. If you have seen one of the finest movies in recent times, you know what’s the climax is all
about. The conclusion of the movie is wrapped around the CommonWealth Games 2010 final, where Geeta Phogat becomes the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in an
international competition. You will be biting your nails, just like I did, when Geeta (played fantastically by Fatima Sana Shaikh), tries to eke a win out of her
strong opponent from Australia, who had once defeated her badly in an international match before. All this time, her father Mahavir Singh Phogat, played by Aamir Khan, is trapped in a store room by her conniving coach,so that she will lose the match. The excitement reaches its crescendo, when Geeta pulls off that difficult move to beat her opponent and snatch the victory out of the jaws of defeat. Oh God! What a match!
I am sure you wouldn’t have mind standing for the National anthem that was played afterwards, because you just witnessed a thrilling match. But if you thought this was how the said match was played in real life, you are completely wrong!
We found a video of that match and realised that it was such a one-sided competition that there was actually no tension in it. Here are five differences we observed in the match played in real life and the one we got to see on screen.
# The Australian opponent, Emily Bensted, was not even the strong opponent the final match in the movie claimed her to to be. Geeta Phogat was easily able to overcome her in the real match.
# Even the points scored are entirely different from what happened in the match. Emily actually didn’t score a single point.
# Geeta Phogat won the match in just two rounds, unlike the one shown in the movie that went onto three rounds.
# There was no nail-biting final round finish as shown in the movie where Geeta lifts her opponent and dhobi-pachads her for five points.
# Above all, Geeta Phogat has comparatively long hair in the real match, while her reel counterpart had a brutally short hairstyle.
Watch the video here…