Bollywood Blockbuster Dangal premieres on Zee TV fresh from the box office

15 June 2017


Johannesburg, 13 June 2017 - Zee TV’s June blockbuster Dangal, will be sure to grip Aamir Khan fans when it premieres on the channel on DStv 452 at 16H00 CAT/MUR on June 25.

Fresh from the cinema circuit, the movie tells the true story of former wrestler Mahavir Phogat (played by Aamir Khan who also produced the movie), and his daughters. Set in the rural village of Haryana, Mahavir is forced to quit wrestling to get a "proper job," and swears that one day his son will win India a gold medal. But alas his wife gives birth only to girls. Determined to somehow achieve his unfulfilled dream, he finally decides to train them as wrestlers.

Together, they challenge the status quo and achieve what was seemingly impossible. His daughter Geeta went on to become India's first female wrestler to win a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth games, and the first female wrestler to represent India at the Olympics. Her sister Babita also scooped multiple international accolades.

Incidentally Dangal released at the end of 2016, became the highest-grossing non-Hollywood film in China ever. Released on May 5 this year in China it has taken the box office by storm, grossing just over $169million in one month. The films’ key theme of gender bias and obedience to one’s family, which resonated in India seems to have struck a similar strong emotional cord with Chinese audiences as well. The family-driven society in China is strong as it is in India. The status of women in society, particularly in rural society is an issue that is faced in India and China daily.

While Geeta became the first Indian female wrestler to qualify for the Olympics it is really the efforts of Mahavir, that inspired women, particularly Indian women to take on wrestling. Catch this heart- warming tale of winning girl power with Aamir Khan at the helm, only on Zee TV, this June!

Source: Press Release