Punjabi Song

On Mahavir Singh’s face a super appears Balali, Haryana, 1988.

The wrestling match is getting exciting. On the match footage
a super appears: Seoul Olympics, 1988.
On Mahavir Singh’s face a super appears: Balali, Haryana, 1988.

MAHAVIR SINGH

Meddul toh apNe chhore bi la
sakey-ain baisaab, par koi badhava
de tab na.
Match continues.

MAHAVIR SINGH (CONT’D)

Na paise na phehsulty, kis tara
jeet-thaingey meddul apNe chhore.
Harkindar Singh Bullar, a well built man comes and stands next
to him.

HARKINDAR

Moo chalaaNey se kusti jeetti jaatti
na baisaab, toh aap toh kab kay meddul
jeet chuke hottey.
Mahavir Singh looks at him carefully.

MAHAVIR SINGH

Naya hai kay?
Harkinder just nods.
MAHAVIR SINGH (CONT’D)
Tabi main sochchun.

HARKINDAR

Kabhi akhaade main utar keh dekh
langot ke pelle hawa tight ho
jaavegi.
Mahavir Singh gives him a smile.

MAHAVIR SINGH

Aapki lagta-ai kai baar hui hai
baisaab… hawa tight.
HARKINDAR
Akhada hotta na toh teri kar detta.

MAHAVIR SINGH

Akhade ki kay jaroorat hai.
Harkindar gets an arrogant smile on his face.
Quick shots of tables getting shifted.
We see few people in the office raise their heads to see what’s
going on.
Mahavir Singh and Harkindar are taking off their shirts.
More people are gathering around them. Mahavir Singh and
Harkindar are rolling up their pants.
Two wrestlers are coming face to face for a bout on TV.
Mahavir Singh and Harkindar are coming face to face in office.

COMMENTATOR 1 (V.O.)

Now the moment we were all waiting
for, the stage is all set for the big
fight, there is double excitement in
the air. Both the wrestlers were
walking for the fight.

COMMENTATOR 2 (V.O.)

Bilkul sahi kaha aapne tom, ek
bahut hee romanchak muquable ki
ummeed. Darshakon mein utsaah. aur
dono hi pehelwaan aamne saamne.
Dekhna hai ki yeh mood kis tarah
failta hai. Yeh bani handshake.
Refree ki whistle aur yeh match
shuru.
People look excited.
Mahavir Singh and Harkindar lock hands and test each other.
Harkindar still has an arrogant smile on his face.
Suddenly Mahavir Singh brings him down with great force. A gasp
travels amidst the crowd.

COMMENTATOR 1 (V.O.)

He is down he is down, russia ke
pehelwaan ko palak jhapakte hi muh ki
khaani padi. Over confidence kabhi
kabhi nuksaan deyak saabit ho sakta
hai.
Mahavir Singh offers his hand to Harkindar and pulls him up.

MAHAVIR SINGH

Mann me koi malal reh gaya ho to Ek
baar aur kosis kar le.
Harkindar is more cautious now. His smile has vaNSAhed.
But Mahavir Singh brings him down again, even more forcefully.
People in the office watch it in awe.

COMMENTATOR 1

Now the wrestlers are gearing up for
the next round

COMMENTATOR 2

Haan tom shuru mein yeh miqabla jitna
asaan lag raha tha yeh utna asaan hai
nahi. Dekhte hai aage kya hota hai.
Dono hi wrestlers ek doosre ko
parakte hue. Shandaar attack, par yeh
defence. aur yeh bahot hi behtareen
move, bahot hi shandaar move tha yeh,
samajh mein nahi mein nahi aaya kya
hua. aur yeh ek aur attack, and its
over. Its over. David has become
golat and golat has become david
here. Well done tom, kisi ko bhi umeed
nahi thi ke russia ka pehelwaan itni
jaldi chit ho jayega. What a match.
This is top class wrestling
Mahavir Singh pulls up and apologetic looking Harkindar as
people come close to them.

HARKINDAR

Dum hai tere main, state level
champion ko haraaya-ai toone.

MAHAVIR SINGH

Arey Dil chhotta mat kar, national
level champion se haara-ai tu.
Harkindar is surprised to hear it. Mahavir Singh picks up his
shirt and walks towards the TV as he buttons it. As he stands
and watches the match, a smile appears on his face. Title track
kicks in.

COUSIN (V.O.)

Yo-ain maare tauji Mahavir Singh
Phogaat… . Barson pelle pehalwanni
chhod chuke-ain par pehalwanni ne
inhe aaj tak nahi chhodda.

INT./EXT. VARIOUS PLACES – DAY/NIGHT

Credit titles appear.Dangal Title song
Mahavir Singh cycling towards an Akhada.
Mahavir engrossed in watching two wrestlers fight it out in the
pit.
Langots hanging on clothes line.
An akhada wall painted beautifully.
Mud in akhada.
Mugdars arranged in an akhada.
Desi push ups.
Desi sit ups.
Wrestlers getting massage done.
Wrestlers touching guru’s feet.
Wrestlers (all ages) putting mud on their bodies and foreheads.
Wrestlers fighting it out in akhada. Guru watching them.
Bouts continue.
Wrestlers drinking milk.
Mahavir Singh along with few others, watching a small kid fight
with a bulkier kid at village chaupal. The smaller kid brings
the bulkier kid down, much to Mahavir Singh’s delight. Mahavir
Singh turns to people around him.

MAHAVIR SINGH

Chota wala hi jeetega, yo dekhSiraph boddy baNaanne se koi
pehalwaan nahi baN jaatta. idhar aa
beta…Pehalwanni jo-ai na… vo
khoon main hotti-ai bhaisaab…
khoon main.
Mahavir Singh takes out a ten rupee note and hands it to the
winning kid.

MAHAVIR SINGH (CONT’D)

Yo le, doodh pe leNa. Jeeta reh.
Few more shots of wrestling.
Mahavir Singh watching kushti, looking pensive.
Cut to flashback:

INT./EXT. VARIOUS PLACES – DAY/NIGHT

Mahavir Singh, 19 years old, is fighting at National
championship.
Mahavir Singh on podium, getting a medal.
Mahavir Singh at home. His father is angry with him

FATHER

Reh jab thaDi main rotti na hoggi toh
meddul khaavega kay? Koi na
poochchheh teri iss pehalwanni ko. Jo
naukri mil ri-ai, chupchap kar ley.
Mahavir Singh sitting sad in his house. Food is kept in front
of him.
Mahavir Singh takes a bite from his plate.
Match cut to present.
INT. OFFICE – DAY
Mahavir Singh having food with Harkindar.
COLLEAGUE
Tanneh pehalwanni kyon chhoddi?

MAHAVIR SINGH

Chhoddi nahi bai, chhodNi padgi.
Pehalwanni main sohrat kamaai,
ijjat kamaai, bas paise nai kama
paaya. Naukri kar lee.

INT. OFFICE – DAY

Mahavir Singh standing, getting scolded by his boss. Boss leaves
and Mahavir Singh looks around quietly.

COUSIN (V.O.)

Har pehalwan yo-ii soch keh akhade
main utarta-ai kay woh des ke liye
kuch karaiga. Par des-ii
pehalwan kay liye kuch na kareh toh
bichara pehalwan kay karlega.

INT. MAHAVIR SINGH’S LIVING ROOM – NIGHT

Mahavir Singh is seeing his photographs hanging on the wall as
a wrestler and his achievements in various places. There is a
gold medal hanging there too. His pregnant wife comes in and
sees him in a sombre mood. She goes and stand next to him. He
looks at her.

WIFE

Aap des ke liye meddul nai laa
paaye ismeh aapki galti thodai na
thi. Kab tak in photuon ko dekh
dekh keh dukhi hotte raoge?

MAHAVIR SINGH

Jo main karNa chahtta tha wohh
mahara betta kar keh dikhaavehga.
desh ke liye gold jeetega humara
beta. Apna tiranga sabse upar
lehravega tu dekh lena.
He then goes back to looking at his laurels.

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