Bollywood actor Aamir Khan on Sunday attended the wedding ceremony of international wrestler Geeta Phogat in her ancestral village near this Haryana town and termed his upcoming film “Dangal”, based on her and her family’s life, his wedding gift to her.
“‘Dangal’ is my wedding gift to Geeta,” Aamir said, adding that he would have gifted her the bridal gown but for “traditional reasons”.
“It is traditionally given by the maternal uncle,” he said.
Sporting a red colour Haryanvi turban and a half jacket, Aamir, who plays the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, the father of medal-winning athletes Geeta and her sister Babita, in his next film “Dangal”, arrived in the Balali village to wish Geeta and her family.
Meanwhile, Geeta, who married fellow wrestler Pawan Kumar, took an extra eighth ‘phera’, which she dedicated to the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” initiative, intended to curb the incidence of female foeticide in the country, which has led to a skewed sex ratio. Haryana is one of the worst-affected.
A recently-released song of “Dangal” showcases the prolonged training sessions undergone by Geeta and her sister on the behest of their father, who is shown to be extremely strict with them in their training.
“Dangal”, produced by Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao & Siddharth Roy Kapur under Disney and Aamir Khan Productions, is directed by Nitesh Tiwari and is slated to release on December 23.