After gaining 28 kg. for the initial shoot, Aamir Khan lost 25 kg. in 20 weeks to portray the younger(25 years old) character of Mahavir Singh Phogat.
The movie is a real life story based on Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained "dangal" to 6 girls, 4 of them were his very own while 2 were that of his brother. Interestingly, all of them won medals at some or the other level!
Lead actor Aamir Khan and director Nitesh Tiwari reportedly auditioned 3000 girls for the role of Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat, the two daughters of Mahavir Singh Phogat.
Aamir Khan gained 28 kgs for the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, and currently weighs around 98 kg.
Film released on 23 December 2016 and was made tax-free in three Indian states (Uttar Pardesh, Haryana and Uttarakhand) to promote the campaign called Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. The campaign is a social initiative that aims to reduce selective abortion of females, to protect girls, and to educate them.
Sakshi Tanwar took it as a prank when she got a call saying she was offered a part in the film, until she visited the maker's office and also met Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar skipped her Bhutan holiday trip to be part of the film.
The film was shot in reverse with the climax first where Aamir Khan plays and older character and the start was shot last where he plays younger character.
A training camp was setup for wrestling lessons specifically for the four girls. The training went for 6-7 months.
Fatima Sana Sheikh worked as a child artist in many films before her debut as leading lady in Dangal. One film she was famous for was Chaachi 420 in 1998 where she appeared as Kamal Hassan and Tabu's daughter.
The first trailer for the film was released by Aamir himself on October 20th, 2016. It reached over 4.5 million views on YouTube in less than 15 hours, which is very surprising and unusual for an Indian film trailer.
Rajkummar Rao, who had previously worked with Aamir Khan in Talaash (2012), was approached for a supporting role in the film but declined citing date issues.
Aamir Khan unveiled the first look poster on 21st September, 2015 on his twitter handle, about 15 months before the scheduled release of the film.
Model and actress Mallika Sherawat said she wanted to be a part of the film, and auditioned, but was rejected by the filmmakers.
Aamir's mother recommended Sakshi for her role as she liked her performance in television shows.
Salman Khan heaped praise on Dangal after watching it and said it's better than his own movie Sultan.
Aamir Khan lost 25 kg in 5 - 6 months to play younger character of Mahavir Singh Phogat, and was trained by fitness trainer Rahul Bhatt son of director Mahesh Bhatt.
Girish Kulkarni expressed that he had a good time working with Aamir Khan for the film and that Aamir Khan never bought his star presence on the sets.
Dangal is the highest grossing Indian movie in the history of Indian films after surpassing Bahubali 2 by its release in China with more than 2000 crores.
Fatima Sana Sheikh's first major appearence after Aakash-Vani (where she appeared in a supporting role).
Although based in true events and real main characters names, the wrestling final that Geeta took part had a slightly different result and environment. The arena wasn't full (the movie showed full capacity), even if it was in her home country. And in the movie, the result was 1-5, 6-4, 6-5, with a disputed third round and last second victory. In real events, Geeta won in easily two round with 1-0 and 7-0 rounds. Her opponent was from New Zealand but it was called Emily and not Angelina.
Dangal releases on 23rd December 2016 after exactly 734 days of Aamir Khan's last release PK.
Dangal has recorded maximum number of footfall ever seen by any other Bollywood release.
Dangal is the first Indian movie to gross 2000 crores INR worldwide and highest grossing films in China of 2017 i.e around 1250 crores.
Geeta was very successful in the Commonwealth Games and other Asian big events, but never won medals in Olympics. Nevertheless, she made history because she was the first Indian female wrestler to compete in the Olympic Games.
Zaira Wasim, who plays Young Geeta, has only two feature films collaborations, as of December 2017. Both of them are with Aamir Khan, one of the biggest Bollywood stars. First she appeared in Dangal in 2016, where Aamir plays her father and coach. Secondly, she stars in Secret Superstar, of 2017, also with Aamir, playing her tuition father.