It is a major day for the Phogat family for more than one reason with on-screen character Aamir Khan going to Gold medal winning wrestling champion and one of India’s most commended wrestlers – Geeta Phogat’s wedding in the Haryanvi town of Balali on Sunday. For the uninitiated, Aamir Khan playing the part of Geeta’s onscreen father Mahavir Singh Phogat in upcoming wrestling biopic Dangal. Geeta and her sister, wrestler Babita Phogat are played by performing artists Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra in the film. Dangal tracks how Mahavir Phogat, a wrestler himself, tutored his girls Geeta and Babita, who went ahead to win awards in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Aamir is amazingly near the Phogats and has become emotionally attached to Geeta and her sister Babita throughout the previous two years while shooting Dangal. Wearing conventional clothing, Aamir welcomed the visitors and the paparazzi (of sorts) with folded hands. Here are pictures of Aamir alongside lady of the hour Geeta, Babita, the genuine Mahavir Singh Phogat, co-stars Fatima, Sana and Sakshi Tanwar.
When asked if he had presented the bride her wedding lehenga, the actor reportedly said, “I was about to bring one for her but I later got to know that her mama (maternal uncle) is supposed to get it. But my film Dangal is my gift to her and I wish her all the best in life.”
When asked about his views on the currency ban, Aamir told reporters: “I will not comment on this matter. As far as cash for the wedding is concerned, I had no issues. All my cash is in the bank and payments were made in cheque.”
Talking about Dangal being shot in Punjab, Aamir said: “We portrayed the village as truthfully as possible.”
Aamir highlights as both the younger and the moderately aged form of Mahavir Singh Phogat in upcoming movie Dangal. Aamir picked up 25 kilos to suit his character, inevitably shedding his additional Dangal kilos for likewise playing the more youthful wrestling champion.
Talking about his younger co-stars, Aamir told IANS: “If I have to rate our performance in the film, I would say that these kids performed ten times better than what I did. No, I am not exaggerating anything. Once the film releases, the audience will understand. I have been working in the industry for last 25 years, but these kids are highly talented.”
Child actors Suhani Bhatnagar and Zaira Wasim feature as the young Phogat girls in the film.