Paan Singh was a small town lad who went on to win the steeplechase at the Indian National Games for 7 consecutive years. He broke the national record, a feat that was unsurpassed for 10 years. A series of life changing events however forced Paan Singh to give up athletics, pick up the gun and become the scourge of the infamo...more
Paan Singh was a small town lad who went on to win the steeplechase at the Indian National Games for 7 consecutive years. He broke the national record, a feat that was unsurpassed for 10 years. A series of life changing events however forced Paan Singh to give up athletics, pick up the gun and become the scourge of the infamous Chambal valley in central India. Filled with deep emotions and fateful twists, Paan Singh Tomar is a gritty, no holds barred action adventure set in the heart of Indias gangland, Chambal. less
“Interesting story-line, captivating music and exceptional acting! The length is a little tiresome and the story lags in places but all in all you've got a brilliant movie. Don't miss it!”
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Paan Singh Tomar isnt just a biopic film; it goes beyond all our expectations and comes out as a film that will make you put your hands together for the director. The soul of this film not lies in its script; neither does it lie in the character. It lies in the hands of Tigmanshu Dhulia (director), who takes a very little known piece of history and pours life into it and makes it a gripping saga of an unsung hero.
In 1949, Paan Singh Tomar, a humble farmer joined the Indian Army with a sole ambition of fighting for his country. In 1958, he broke the Indian national record for the 3000M record steeple chase and for next seven years remained undefeated champion. 15 years later he went on to become the most -dreaded dacoit in Chambal, MP. What made Paan Singh drop his running shoes and pick up a gun forms the story of the film.
Having been intrigued by the story of PST while assisting Shekar Kapur during the filming of Bandit Queen, Tigmanshu sat down working on his script for the film and exactly after 18 years presents it in front of the world. As a viewer you can definitely vouch for the total amount spent, as the director makes the whole experience as credible as possible.
Coming to the character of Paan Singh Tomar, played by charismatic and super talented Irrfan Khan; is definitely not the kind of character youd expect anybody to pull off easily. It requires someone with utmost sincerity and most importantly the capability to exhibit multiple shades in a single character. As an athlete, Irrfan exhibits commitment and pride while as a dacoit he exhibits hatred, revenge, incapability and tragedy. The transition from a romantic husband to an inspiring athlete to one of the most dreaded dacoits is top notch; Irrfan deserves complete marks for that and lots of appreciation.
Mahie Gill as Irrfans wife shines on with innocence and portrays a character that is so close to heart and compelling to the context of the film. However, eventually her role too just like others gets over shadowed by Irrfans performance.
As the camera pans through the valleys of Chambal, most of us reminded of scenes from Bandit Queen, allowing us to succumb to the mood of the film and the whole experience is heightened by the pulsating background score. Tigmanshus effort to not show Paan Singh as a dacoit is evident from the very beginning. Dialogues such as Dacait to parliament mein milte hain, tumhare liye to hum aag pe bhagenge sets the mood of the film and allows audience to understand what is about to unfold.