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Aamir Khan starrer Dangal is the big ticket film for the forthcoming Christmas season and at the making of the film trailer launch we had a brief talk with him in a press meet.
What is Dangal all about?
I play Mahavir Singh Phogat who is an Indian amateur wrestler and senior Olympicscoach. Phogat was awarded the Dronacharya Award by the Government of India. He is the father and coach of Geeta Phogat who won India’s first gold medal in women’s wrestling in the 55 kg freestyle category at the2010 Commonwealth Games, and the first Indian woman wrestler to have qualified for the Olympics, and Babita Kumari, who won a bronze medal at the2012 World Wrestling Championships and won the gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games. Phogat’s niece, Vinesh Phogat, is also a Commonwealth Games gold medalist.

After Lagaan this is your another sports based film?
Yes. But Lagaan was 15 years ago and I don’t go by the genre of the film but I go according to the script of the film.

How did you prepare for the role?
Initially the character graph is from a young wrestler to slightly middle aged coach and so I had to work on my weight. Everyone suggested that I play the younger part first because I can put on weight later but my opinion was that I should play the elderly coach part first and so I put on 97 kgs with 38 % fat and I developed a paunch and I practiced in the gym later to play my muscular wrestler part where I developed six packs and looked the wrestlers part. I had a special dietician for my both roles and I had to eat the right amount of food to put on weight and then lose weight.

Other than your body, how did you prepare for your role?
I generally go by the script and I also met Mahavir Singh Phogat and learnt his mannerisms and the way he walked and talked and also met his daughters and also interacted with them . I interacted with Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari who were also guests on my show Satyamev Jayate.

Will you be applying for Tax free status?
Yes. But it depends on the State Governments of the various states but I am sure will get the tax free status for my film.

Will demonetization affect your films prospects in any way?
I surely hope not.

What is the greatest thing you learnt after making this film?
There is this misconception that wrestlers are dim-witted but I came to know in professional wrestling you have to be very sharp and smart in your actions while fighting your opponent on the mat.

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