Mahavir Singh Phogat
(Aamir Khan) is a former amateur wrestler and national champion based in
Balali, a village in Haryana. He was forced by his father to give up the
sport in order to obtain gainful employment. Dejected that he could not win a
medal for his country, he vows that his unborn son will. Disappointed upon
having four daughters, he gives up hope. But when his older daughters Geeta
and Babita come home after beating up two boys in response to derogatory
comments, he realises their potential to become wrestlers and begins coaching
them. His methods seem harsh, including grueling early morning workouts and
short haircuts to avoid lice. Despite facing backlash from the villagers, he
goes ahead with them, training them in his makeshift mud pit. Initially, the
girls resent their father for his treatment but soon realise that he wants
them to have a good future and not grow up to be stereotypical housewives.
Motivated, they willingly participate in his coaching. Mahavir takes the
girls to wrestling tournaments where they wrestle with boys and defeat them.
Unable to afford wrestling mats, he uses two layers of mattresses and trains
them in freestyle wrestling to prepare them for competitive events. Geeta
goes on to win the junior and senior championships at the State and national
level before heading to the National Sports Academy in Patiala to train for
the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. Once there, Geeta makes friends and
begins to disregard the rigour and discipline she has been brought up with.
She regularly watches television, eats street food, and grows her hair. Her
coach's training methods and wrestling techniques differ significantly from
her father's which she believes are superior. During a visit home, after
taunting her father for his old techniques, she defeats her ageing and
visibly exhausted father in a ferocious bout that ensues. Babita tells an
unrepentant Geeta that she shouldn't forget their father's techniques and
reminds her that she owes all the success to him. Winning the senior national
championships herself, Babita follows Geeta to the academy. Geeta, however,
finds herself losing every match at the international level. Subsequently,
her coach coaxes her to compete in the 51 kg weight class from 55 kg.
Frustrated, and persuaded by Babita, she tearfully makes peace with her
father, who comes to Patiala with his nephew (Aparshakti Khurana) and begins
coaching them secretly, using the same methods as when they were younger.
Learning about this, and furious with Mahavir's interference, the coach wants
the girls expelled. The sports authority allow them to continue and bar
Mahavir from entering the academy and the girls to go out. Determined to
continue assisting his daughters, Mahavir obtains tapes of Geeta's previous
unsuccessful bouts and coaches her by pointing out her errors over the phone.
At the Games, competing in the 55 kg class, Geeta eases her way into the
final. Mahavir constantly contradicts her coach's instructions while sitting
in the audience which she follows while disregarding the latter. Just before
the gold medal bout, the jealous coach conspires to lock Mahavir in a closet.
Geeta lags behind managing to win the first session while losing the second.
Trailing 1–5 in the final session and nine seconds left, she recalls the
tactical techniques taught by her father and a 5-pointer that despite being
difficult was not impossible. Geeta executes it on her opponent in the final
three seconds, taking the score to 6–5 in her favour, thus winning the
session, and the bout 2–1. In the process, she becomes the first Indian
female wrestler to win gold at the Games. Mahavir returns just in time to
embrace his daughters, frustrating the coach's hopes of obtaining credit
before the news media.
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