"Shooting for Dangal will start in and around Ludhiana from September 22," said Aamir Khan at a press conference in Ludhiana on September 14. Aamir also cleared the air by admitting that Television actress Sakshi Tanvar will indeed play his wife in the film and four new girls will portray as his daughters in the film. Dangal, directed by Nitesh Tiwari is a film based on the life of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained his two daughters Geeta and Babita, who later did him proud by winning medals at the Commonwealth Games in 2010.
Director Nitesh Tiwari said that he was narrated a two line story by a friend at Disney (co producers of the film) which he really liked and developed it further. "Nitesh has written a wonderful story. The topic is very important, it's very dramatic. It highlights the discrimination that is meted out to the girl child in India. The best part is that he has done it in a very entertaining manner. The heart of the story is emotional, but it also has a lot of humour. Raju Hirani has this unique way to tell a story where he says something socially very relevant but he tells his story in a very entertaining manner. Similarly Nitesh has written a very entertaining lovely script, the dialogues are very entertaining. Each time I listen to the dialogues, I laugh a lot. I cry as well as laugh," Aamir Khan said.
Aamir Khan also admitted that he would want to make a film on his great grand uncle Maulana Azad. "The reason why I want to make a film on him is that because he said a lot of things which are still very relevant today. He was a wonderful orator, beautiful thinker. There are a lot of aspects of his life from which we can still learn today," Aamir said.