Dangal vs Sultan: Will the Aamir Khan film surge past Salman Khan's wonder at the Box Office?

Will Mahavir Singh Phogat challenge Sultan Ali Khan's popularity?

The trailer of Aamir Khan’s Dangal has emotion, drama, action, music and everything else that the makers had promised. The entire story of the film has been given away in the three minutes 25 seconds video. And it adds to the hyped anticipation around the film. Dangal, ever since the news of its inception, has remained as one of the most awaited films of the year. When two of the industry’s big superstars — Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, announced that they are working on a sports-based drama, the audience stood up and noticed. Then began the preparation. Aamir was seen going through a rigorous training schedule to get into the skin of Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat. While the shooting of Dangal was still going on, Salman Khan released the trailer of Sultan. The film was the big Eid release this year and opened to packed houses all over the country. Salman too, like Aamir, had put in a lot of efforts to carry the physique of a desi wrestler. And the audiences could see these efforts. They loved the film and praised Salman for his performance.

Now that the promo of Dangal is also out, let’s take a moment to analyse these two big sports-based drama. Honestly, Dangal’s trailer shows a lot of Aamir Khan —  a great performer, but less of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat. It’s an emotionally heavy film. But, will the audience who’s still in Sultan’s hangover, be able to shift their gaze to Dangal? Sultan was too, quite heavy on emotions. The only difference being that it was a love story in the heart of sports. Whereas Dangal is a father-daughter story in the heart of the same sport. Talk about similarities and we get the following:

  1. Both are set in a rural background
  2. Both narrates the struggle of wrestlers
  3. Both the stories have their protagonists running after gold medal for the country
  4. Both the protagonists decide to win what has been lost in their lives

While the trailer of Sultan was studded with powerful music, Dangal’s trailer has a sense of depth about it. While Sultan Ali Khan infused energy in the viewer to cheer him up, Mahavir Singh Phogat let the same viewer flow with the emotions of a father. To an extent, seems like Dangal begins with where Sultan ended. The complexities of family and societal norms play pivotal roles in the narrative of the Nitesh Tiwari directorial.

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Both Sultan and Dangal make for out and out big commercial films. Even though Sultan is done with its magic at the Box Office, it will be interesting to see whether Dangal is able to surge past that magic or not. Also featuring Sakshi Tanwar, Sanya Malhotra and Sana Fatima Sheikh, the film is slated to hit the screens on 23 December.

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