Post the release of PK film Aamir Khan revealed that he would play the role of a wrestler in his next film titled Dangal. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari , it is a cinematographic biography of the life of the former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat. The topic of the movie i.e the stature of girl child in rural india is still a very sensitive topic.
In March 2015 Junior Indian Women Wrestling team Coach Kripa Shankar Patel Bishnoi was approached by Aamir Khan Productions to train Aamir and the entire crew of Dangal. Kripa Shankar Patel Bishnoi said about the film in Hindustan Times interview –
Very few Indians encourage women for wrestling, especially because of the uniform. This film will change that perception too. People would hopefully want to see their daughters taking up wrestling as a sport. Aamir has lost some weight and learnt Haryanvi lessons and dialect training for the film. He is playing two distinct roles in the film. One is the 60-year-old wrestler Mahavir Phogat, and the other is a 20-year-old who is depicting the role of the young life of the same wrestler.
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