The Girls Who Stole Aamir Khan's Thunder in Dangal
Find out more about the two young stars who gave Aamir Khan a complex!
Aamir Khan may be one of the biggest stars of Bollywood right now and his much-awaited Dangal releases today (December 22) in the UAE. But the fact is that he is not the real hero of the film! Surprised? So were we when we met the star at an interaction in Dubai a few days ago. While Aamir’s transformation has been the talk of town, there are chances that he may be upstaged by two young debutants who seem to have impressed the ace Khan himself!
Meet Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra who play Geeta and Babita, the two daughters of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat (played by Aamir). The two pretty girls had to go through an intense audition and struggled immensely before they bagged the role. Fatima admitted she was almost about to give up her Bollywood dreams when she was called for one more audition. And when she passed it, she was among the shortlisted candidates who had to go through more gruelling rounds which included wrestling classes and tests to see if they could match up to Aamir’s emoting skills.
The girls’ easy banter with their on-screen father was a joy to watch (it was evident in the recent Koffee with Karan episode as well) though Aamir seemed to be in awe of their skills himself. As he told us later, the girls not just surprised him with their attitude and perseverance but also their ability to master the Haryanvi dialect. “What I took around two months to learn, these girls picked up in two weeks!” he quipped.
Indeed, the story of the making of Dangal seems to be one of passion and difficulties. The movie was in the planning stage for three years and they roughed it out for nearly a year during the shoot. Needless to say, one of the major challenges was to get the physicality right for each character. In fact, even getting the perfect starcast was a huge challenge as they needed to show the growth of the girls from preteens to their teenage years. Hence they had to sign actresses who could not only perform well but also look good, be excellent at wrestling and resemble the little children who grew up!
Will the results of all the hard work be worth it? Going by the buzz in the trade, the interest in Dangal is huge and it may prove to be a big box office winner. The results of this match will be out soon!