Dangal, a feminist Bollywood film?

Going against the grain of Bollywood movies where a happy marriage is featured, Dangal (2016) became very popular in both India, China, and around the world. Based on a true story, it tells about an Indian wrestler and coach who trained his two daughters to be champions after they beat up guys who harassed them. The girls cut their hair short like a boy in a country where most women like long hair. Daughter Geeta Phogat is fact won a gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and qualified for the Olympic Games. The Hindi language film was produced by the Walt Disney Company India. The government encouraged viewing the film as part of its campaign to educate girls and prevent femicide, but some criticized the film for featuring the father’s fulfillment of his dream to be a champion through his daughters.

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