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An insight into ‘Dangal’


We are all aware of the 2016 blockbuster film ‘Dangal’ that is based on the Phogat family and narrates the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, an amateur wrestler who trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to be India’s first world-class female wrestlers. On Thursday evening team Dangal comprising Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta and Nikhil Mehrotra delivered a Masterclass as part of IFFI 2017 at the Maquinez Palace, ESG, Panaji.

The team, with the help of a PowerPoint presentation, spoke about their experience working on the film, what thought process went into writing the script and the reasons for what they wrote in the film’s script. “Before we started writing the script we had no idea that we would be a part of something that will be loved and remembered. We wrote everything fearlessly,” said Nitesh. He further added that one should know what information is important and what can be skipped. “With reference to ‘Dangal’, we had ample information about the lives of Mahavir Singh Phogat, Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari but deciding on which information is needed and which can be done away with is necessary,” said Nitesh.

For any film to be good it should have a good blend of humour and seriousness, too much of either of them can lead to monotony. The team advised aspiring writers to do their homework before delving into any subject. “Research can do wonders. We didn’t know much about wresting but it was only through intensive research that we understood the subject we were dealing with,” said Nitesh.

The three highlighted that no character that is part of the film is small. “Each character is equally important and can bring a smile on the face of the viewers,” said Nitesh.

Speaking about a few points that they kept in mind while writing ‘Dangal’ and which all writers should keep in mind, Nitesh said: “Embrace the flaws in your hero, however, as a script writer you have to cover up and not let the audience dislike the hero. No one wants to watch a bad hero. Always remember that you are writing for the audience and they should feel happy after watching the film.”

Nitesh concluded by saying: “You can talk less, yet say more and writing doesn’t end with the final draft. There is always scope for improvement and on spot improvisations.”

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