The Phogat sisters' coach PR Sondhi is unhappy with the portrayal of his character in a negative light in Dangal.
Aamir Khan's Dangal has received rave reviews from all quarters, but not everyone is happy with the film. According to a report in Mid-Day, former wrestling coach PR Sondhi is disgruntled with his portrayal in the film.
Dangal is the real-life story of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters, Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari. For those who have not yet watched the film, the Phogat sisters' coach in the film is almost portrayed as the film's villain, going so far as to get Mahavir locked in a janitorial closet so that he misses a crucial match of his daughter's.
Sondhi, who trained Geeta and Babita for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, said that the cinematic liberties taken should not have been at the expense of his reputation.
"They have changed the name to PR Kadam in the film, but somewhere the character is loosely based on my life. I have known Mahavirji (Phogat, wrestling coach and father of Geeta and Babita Phogat) for many years and he is a thorough gentleman. His two daughters have trained under me for more than three years and not once did he interfere. I don't understand the need to show the character as such a taskmaster. There were four other coaches, who were also involved [in the training], but they haven't been shown in the film at all," he said.
Talking about the scene where he gets Mahavir locked in a room, he said, "Distortion of facts has hurt my reputation. Once I watch the film, I will speak to the wrestling federation. I also plan to meet Aamir and seek an explanation."
Sondhi said that when he met Aamir in Ludhiana during the shooting, he had no inkling of how his character would be portrayed. "Kripa Shankar Bishnoi, who trained Aamir for Dangal, has been my student. When we all met, Aamir asked me general questions about wrestling, but not once did he discuss anything about the film. He should have told me how they were planning to portray the coach's character," he said.