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Dangal video: How Aamir Khan feared Zaira Wasim could not live up to the task


Disney India unveils making of 'Dhaakad' song video, which reveals the struggles of the four girls in learning.

Mayur Lookhar

After Aamir Khan's Fat To Fit video, the makers of Dangal released another video chronicling the struggle of the four girls — Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar — while learning wrestling.

The honesty displayed on-screen and off-screen strikes an instant chord with the audience.

In the new 'Dhaakad' making video, we see Shaikh and Malhotra play the older Geeta and Babita Phogat, while Wasim and Bhatnagar are the younger Geeta and Babita.

Khan and director Nitesh Tiwari had roped in noted Arjuna awardee wrestling coach Kripa Shankar Bishnoi Beniwal to train the four girls for the challenging role.

“Though the intensity was the same, the training methods employed mirrored those of professional Indian women wrestlers,” said Beniwal.

While Shaikh and Malhotra were expected to get through the training, the makers were worried how the younger girls — Wasim and Bhatnagar — would handle the physical demands of such challenging roles. 

Khan and Bishnoi found Bhatnagar to be enthusiastic but admitted that they were a bit worried about the prospect of Wasim. 

“During training, we feared whether Zaira would be able to pull it off. However, the moment she shot her first shot, everyone was left stunned. She fought like a lioness. We’d never seen this hidden talent in her before,” said Khan.

The wrestling portions were few for Wasim and Bhatnagar, but the task was cut out for Shaikh and Malhotra. Interestingly, fearing that they could be ousted from the film, both the girls didn't talk about their pain to anyone. 

Shaikh, who has the maximum wrestling sequences, even fractured three bones in her leg. However, she withstood that pain to pull out her act wonderfully. Director Tiwari hailed her as a tigress.

Watch the behind-the-scene struggle of the four girls in this making of the 'Dhaakad' song: