Dangal is releaseing soon, and the two actresses, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra who play Aamir Khan's onscreen daughters feel that being part of such an epic movie has made them more compassionate human beings even in real life. In an interview, Fatima said, "I was never a person who would take interest in politics, social issues or current affairs. Since I have been working with AK (Aamir Khan) for the last two years not only as an actress for our film 'Dangal', but also as an intern, his concern and compassion towards society influenced me a lot,". The movie is a rendition of real story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained his two daughters Geeta and Babita to become wrestling champion, "Dangal" also sends out the social message of gender equality.
"Now I am well-versed with what is the plight of water in our country, how farmers are suffering... That way, our outlook has changed towards society," she added.
The other actress in the movie, Sanya who plays Babita Kumari said, "Yes, that is true. Just observing Aamir and knowing his thoughts and opinion on social issues, influenced both of us. I think it helped us to become better individuals."
Aamir Khan is famous for his social work, and does so quietly without drawing too much media attention. In ode to this, Sanya said: "As an actor, he gets all the love from the society that he wants to give back through has social works. I think that is a big lesson we have learnt that life is not just about solving our personal problems, but being compassionate towards society."
Fatima added: "Now we know how small actions of every citizen can benefit a larger group of people."
Acting comes with its fair share of sacrifices and both Fatima and Sanya not only went through a physical change most important being chopping off their long and stunning hair.
Fatima, on asked about the importance of short hair for the role said: "If you are talking about feminism, I do not think look or hair cut has anything to do with an individual's ideology. You can have a boy cut for you convenience and you may not be a feminist."
Sanya said: "Since it is a biopic, in reality, Mahavir chopped their daughter's hair for the convenience. Since wrestling is a body contact game, during the game, participants pull each other's hair, which is risky and causes injury.
"I think keeping that fact in mind; Mahavir chopped his daughters' hair from the beginning of the training. We followed the same in the film."