Some of the facts one should know about real hero of biopic Dangal – Mahavir Phogat
- Mahavir Singh Phogat’s place of birth (Balali Village) is in same district (Bhiwani district) as of ace boxer Vijender Singh’s place of birth (Kaluwas).
- As shown in the trailer of biopic Dangal the Mahavir Phogat has two daughters, Geeta and Babita, is not true, he has six daughters, Rita, Sangita, Vinesh and Priyanka are the remaining daughter of Phogat. Vinesh and Priyanka are the adopted daughters by Phogats. Priyanka and Vinesh factually are the daughters of Mahavir’s brother who was murdered.
- Though Mahavir a promising wrestler could never taste the successes in the sport.
- Geeta, Babita and Vinesh , are the three daughters of Mahavir Phogat who have represented India in the Olympics.
- Trimming the daughter’s hair and training them in a muddy akhaada earned Mahavir objections and bitterness from his fellow villagers.
- It was Karnam Malleswari’s win in the 2000 Olympics which motivated Mahir Phogat to train his daughters to win a Gold medal.
- Wrestling federation of India shortlisted Mahavir Phogat for the Dronacharya Awards, for his contribution as wrestling coach.
- Amir Khan conceived the idea of making Dangal while researching for an episode of Satyamev Jayate.