6 HR Lessons from Movie ‘Dangal’


6 HR  Lessons from Movie ‘Dangal’


The Amir Khan starrer is all set to break the box office records. It has a very beautiful storyline with some remarkable performances of all the actors. It also has some insightful message for the HR fraternity.

6 HR Lessons from Dangal
Dangal : The Movie

Change Management – The society laughs at the Mahavir Singh on his decision of asking the daughters to be a wrestler.

Perseverance and the repeated sensitization of the changes is the only key to effective Change Management. The results which follow to your actions will make people understand the importance of long term result. The HR being the custodians of change management should keep their focus on the results amidst the misperceptions of our employees.


Talent Acquisition and Gender Diversity– The Mahavir singh was expecting a baby boy to complete his dream of international Gold medal.

When his hope of baby boy diminished, he decides to go ahead with existing resources (daughters) and enables them to achieve the target of winning the international Gold medal, As a HR professional, we should understand the fact that every time we cannot get that perfect candidate. We should identify the internal talent first and enable them to achieve the goals. Yes, It’s possible. HR should not reject any candidate for any position based on the gender. Women are well equipped and well qualified to take up ANY responsibility.


Training and Development – Mahavir Singh trains his daughters in house and later on sends them to National Sports Academy for further training.

We should believe in utilizing the internal trainers first before moving ahead to the external training resources. No one knows about the strengths and weaknesses of our employees better than the qualified internal trainers. The external training programs are obviously very useful to raise the bar and to understand the ongoing happenings in the external world.



Analytics- Mahavir Singhs studies the past videos of GeetaKumari to understand the reasons behind her failure in international performance.

Effective and Useful Analysis of the available data is the key to predict and prescribe the future actions. The analysis not only helps to minimize the mistakes but it helps in driving the most appropriate actions in future.


Goal Setting- The national coach sets the goal of Bronze Medal for Geeta, while Mahavir Singh sets the goal of Gold Medal for Geeta.

HR is the facilitator of performance management process. We should be able to help the managers in setting the right goals for the employees considering their potential. Though Geetakumari had a poor performance in her initial international career, she makes a strong come back with a clearly defined goal by her father. She not only makes it to the Finals of commonwealth games but also wins the Gold for her nation by defeating the world champions.


Coaching and Mentoring- Mahavir Singh plays the role Coach and Mentor for both Geeta and Babita throughout their career.

Mahavir Singh was seen coaching her daughters alongside the national coach. Continuous coaching is as vital as the continuous learning. Whatever you achieve in life, you will still need a coach/mentor to take most appropriate decision

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