Dangal Movie Poster


December 23, 2016
2hr 41min
  • Dangal is based on the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a pehlwani amateur wrestler who trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become India’s first world-class female wrestlers.
  • Dangal is a Sakshi Tanwar and Ritvik Sahore debuts film.
  • Development on the film began in early 2013 when Tiwari began writing the script. Khan had interviewed the Phogat sisters in 2014 on his talk show Satyamev Jayate, before Tiwari approached him with the script months later, after which Khan became the lead actor and producer.
  • In March 2015, Taapsee Pannu, Deeksha Seth and Akshara Haasan were being considered for the roles of Khan’s on-screen daughters. In April, Shaikh and Malhotra were cast as the daughters, who hailed from the Jat community of Balali village of Bhiwani, Haryana.
  • Set primarily in the Indian state of Haryana, principal photography commenced in September 2015 in the neighbouring Punjab.
  • Kripa Shankar Patel Bishnoi, a coach with the Indian women’s wrestling team, trained Khan and the cast for the wrestling sequences.
  • Dangal was released in the United States on 21 December 2016 and worldwide on 23 December 2016. The film was shown on an estimated 4,300 screens in India and 1,000 screens internationally. It was also released in Tamil and Telugu dubbed versions as Yuddham. It was declared tax-free in six Indian states – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh – to promote Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, a Government of India’s social campaign aiming to reduce the selective abortion of females, to protect girls, and to educate them. The film is available as VOD service on popular streaming platform Netflix.
  • Dangal’s second phase of release was in the Chinese markets of East Asia, starting with Taiwan on 24 March 2017. Dangal was screened at the 7th Beijing International Film Festival, the first Indian film to be screened at the festival, in the non-competing panorama section in April 2017 as Shuaijiao Baba (Let’s Wrestle, Father!), and received a standing ovation. The screening was attended by a number of Chinese celebrities, including actress Liu Yifei and actor Wu Gang. It released theatrically in China on 5 May 2017, on 9,000 screens, “the widest ever release for an Indian film in any territory”, and opened to overwhelming response from critics and audiences alike. However, the film was trimmed by 20 minutes “to be in line with what the Chinese are used to.” The film released in Hong Kong on 24 August 2017.
  • In June 2017, Khan announced plans to release the film in Japan and South America. Dangal released in Japan on 6 April 2018, and was the first film to be co-distributed by Disney with Japan’s Gaga Corporation. Its Japanese language title is ダンガル きっと、つよくなる (Dangaru Kitto, Tsuyoku Naru), which has some similarity to the Japanese title of 3 Idiots (Kitto, Umaku Iku). A preview of Dangal was held on 25 January 2018 by the Japan Wrestling Association, whose chairman recommended the film as inspiration for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Another preview screening was held for the Japan Olympic wrestling team during training camp in February 2018, and was well received by the audience.
  • Dangal was released in South Korea on 25 April 2018. The film had its South Korean premier on 23 April 2018, which was attended by the South Korean female wrestling team for the 2018 Asian Games.
  • Dangal was a commercial success, setting several records at the box office including highest-grossing Indian film, the 28th highest-grossing non-English film, and the 19th highest-grossing sports film worldwide.
  • Produced on a budget of ₹70 crore (US$10.42 million), the film grossed ₹1,968−2,200 crore (US$311–330 million) worldwide by various different estimates, including $216.2 million in China, becoming one of the country’s top 20 highest-grossing films and the highest-grossing non-English foreign film in China.
  • Dangal remains the only Indian film to cross the ₹2000 crore mark, to this day.
  • The film has been released on several Chinese online streaming platforms. As of November 2018, Dangal has been watched more than 400 million times across three Chinese streaming platforms: nearly 200 million on Tencent Video (140 million in Hindi, nearly 60 million in dubbed Mandarin), more than 144 million on IQiyi (120 million in Hindi, over 24 million in Mandarin), and over 80 million on Youku.
  • The film has also had an impact on Chinese cinema. The film’s success has led to Chinese filmmakers becoming more confident in tackling social realist themes concerning Chinese society.
  • Several critics have noted that the Academy Award nominated American film King Richard (2021) starring Will Smith has a similar premise and plot to Dangal.

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