Apart from being the biggest hit of Indian cinema so far, ‘Dangal’ has been a trendsetter for many more reasons. With its inspirational story of a father leading his daughters to international victory in wrestling, a sport that has been dominated by males in India, the film has inspired millions of girls and their parents across the country. Based on the real life story of wrestler sisters Geeta and Babita Phogat and their father Mahaveer Phogat, ‘Dangal’ has already collected Rs. 1900 crore worldwide.
After smashing box office records in India and abroad, Amir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ is still continuing its winning streak by creating yet another record. ‘Dangal’ has become the first Indian film to be premiered on television with an audio description for the visually impaired audience.
Audio description is a narration that explains what is happening on the screen such as physical actions by characters and other visual elements. It is inserted between the dialogues that convey visual aspects of a story.
The Times of India reports that the audio description of the film is production of Saksham, an NGO that has been working for the visually impaired since 14 years.
The NGO will also be working on the audio description of ‘Hindi Medium’, ‘Airlift’, and ‘Raag Desh’ and have already completed it for more than 40 movies including ‘PK’ and ‘Black’. Rummi Seth, founder and managing trustee of Saksham says,
It took us over two months to do the audio description of ‘Dangal’. What people don’t realize is that entertainment is as important for a differently-abled person as it is for us.
The film, with the audio description, was premiered on Zee Cinema on Independence Day as a part of the channel’s initiative “Zee for all” with which visually-impaired audience will be able to experience television like never before.