Watch: The akhada where Sultan and Dangal found its origin

InUth went to an ancient akhada in Old Delhi to dig into the world of mud wrestling. Watch how we got to know the reality behind Dangal and Sultan

Aamir Khan’s Dangal is here with a lot of buzz. The film is yet another sports-drama after Salman Khan’s Sultan and also features Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sakshi Tanwar and Sanya Malhotra apart from Aamir in the lead. This Nitesh Tiwari directorial talks of father-daughter relationship and also deals with the intricate details of wrestling.

InUth went to Old Delhi’s ancient Chiranji Akhada (wrestling ground) to dig into the tactics of mud wrestling. The owner of the akhada, who is the Dal Pati (an honour) of Parsaram Dal, Guru Ashok Vashisht introduced us to the world of mud wrestling. He told us that it doesn’t matter how big a wrestler is, he/ she finds the ground in mitti (mud) itself. He explained the actual meaning of wrestling, dangal and other important things associated with this sport. The trainer also had a fitting answer to what really differentiates a wrestler from other sportspersons.

The young wrestlers who were keen to learn new moves seemed highly inspired from big names in the wrestling world like Sakshi Malik, Sushil Kumar and the like. Ask them to define wrestling in one word and they were prompt to utter words like dedication, passion, and even worship.

Films like Dangal and Sultan have helped encourage youngsters all across the country to take up wrestling seriously and work towards winning medals for the country. The young wrestlers who we met at Chiranji akhada were aware of the struggle and efforts they have put in to be the kind of wrestlers the country needs. After all, “Medalist pedh pe nahi ughteunhe banana padta hai … pyar se, mehnat se, lagan se

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