1. Aamir Khan needlessly made me a villain in Dangal, fumes Geeta Phogat’s real coach PR Sondhi

Aamir Khan needlessly made me a villain in Dangal, fumes Geeta Phogat’s real coach PR Sondhi

Aamir Khan should've consulted me before making Dangal, says Geeta Phogat's ex-coach PS Sondhi.

By: | Published: December 29, 2016 1:16 PM
Dangal, dangal coach, dangal movie, girish kulkarni, aamir khan, geeta phogat coach, mahavir singh phogat, ps sondhi, geeta phogat ps sondhi, aamir khan coach, dangal reviews, dangal box office, dangal controversy, dangal news, dangal updates, aamir khan controversy, aamir khan intolerance, aamir khan snapdeal, aamir khan bjp, ps sondhi dangal coach, girish kulkarni dangal coach, bollywood, bollywood news, movies, movies news, entertainment, entertainment news The real Dangal coach PS Sondhi isn’t pleased about his portrayal in the Aamir Khan’s Geeta Phogat biopic. (ANI)

Aamir Khan’s Dangal has received glowing praise for bringing Mahavir Singh and Geeta Phogat’s struggles to the big screen. The film has been lauded for its realism and lack of melodrama, but it looks like not everyone is happy. PR Sondhi Geeta’s ex-coach told ANI that he wasn’t too pleased about what he’d heard about his onscreen portrayal. While Girish Kulkarni was praised for his work in the film as the coach, Sondhi wasn’t too happy about the Mahavir vs academy coach subplot.

“I haven’t watch the movie, but I’ve come to know that the the onscreen coach was given a lighter role,” Sondhi told ANI, adding, “Mahavirji is thorough gentleman. Not once did he interfere in training. His daughters were disciplined – always listened.” About the infamous scene where in the film where Mahavir gets locked in the janitorial closet during the Commonwealth Games, Sondhi added that the scene was entirely fictitious. “Media wouldn’t have let it go if this happened at Commonwealth Games. They (the Dangal team) wronged coach in the film,” he said.


But is Aamir in for a defamation lawsuit? “Action lene ka koi irada nahi. Mai ek baar Aamir Khan ko kehna chahunga ki unhe coach se baat karni chahiye role dikhane se pehle,” Sondhi said. Given that Aamir’s character came off as domineering and somewhat harsh, there may have been a need to balance out his tough love towards his daughters with another negative character. However, whether twisting facts for film is justifiable is another matter. One expects a certain amount of drama and bias for the protagonist, so perhaps Sondhi should shrug off his onscreen depiction.

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Despite its stellar performance, Dangal hasn’t been without its share of controversy. Prior to its release, there were various demands to boycott the movie due to Aamir’s intolerance remarks last year.

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    Dec 29, 2016 at 11:29 am
    Have you guys heard of something called "Disclaimer". It is mentioned in the beginning of the film that though the film is based on real life persons (i.e. Mahavir Phogat, Geeta, Babita), some characters & incidents are fictional. So we can't expect everything that is shown in the film that is reality & factually accurate. The character of Geeta's coach was fictional. Don't create controversy from nowhere!
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