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Paan Singh Tomar  (2012 - Hindi)

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There is an understated elegance about Irrfan (he dropped the last name Khan some time ago) in Paan Singh Tomar. He plays a national level athlete who becomes a dreaded dacoit in the Chambal Valley. Tomar sprints over hurdles with breathtaking ease and eventually displays the same stubborn determination while murdering men who have robbed him of his ancestral land. Irrfan imbues Tomar with grace and a quiet dignity. So even when he meets the inevitable fatemore

In a defining sequence in the film, Paan Singh Tomar tells his superior that his mama [uncle] isn't a dacoit, but a baaghi [rebel]. In another sequence, during the course of an interview to a news-reporter, he makes a scathing remark, 'Bihad mein baaghi hote hain... Dacait milte hain Parliament mein'. That, in a nutshell, sums up the persona of the long-forgotten steeplechase runner, who felt miffed by the government's betrayal and became a dacoit of Chambalmore

As a police bullet finally found a way into his body, he sat down and looked around. The desolate valleys of Chambal dead in the dark night magically transformed into the spirited galleries of the sports stadium, where many summers back he had run his way to national glory. He hadn’t surrendered. He had finished the race of life he had started, because, in his own words, whether you are ahead or not, every race has to be completedmore

Sportsmen and outlaws inhabit two different universes. One shines amidst the bright lights of glory, the other haunts the ravines of notoriety. But in director Tigmanshu Dhulia's biopic, Paan Singh Tomar, the two worlds collide. And the result is a rather exquisite blend of drama, humour and tragedy; altogether eminently enjoyable good cinema. Beginning 1958, Tomar was a seven-time national champion in steeplechase, a grueling athletic event where participants jumpmore

Towards the middle of Tigmanshu Dhulia's new film Paan Singh Tomar (PST), Irrfan Khan, who plays the title character, stands in a corridor of an army barrack. He has just talked on the phone to his mentor, a major in the army, when a young orderly places a packet of ice cream in Tomar's hand (it will make sense upon viewing the film). Khan's Tomar is deeply moved. With the camera on his partially-lit and weathered face, he gives a wide smile, one hand wiping the tearsmore

Tigmanshu Dhulia does it again. After SAHEB, BIWI AUR GANGSTER, he once again comes out with a compelling film. This one's a biopic on India's forgotten athlete, PAAN SINGH TOMAR. In fact, this movie celebrates the forgotten heroes of India's sporting arena, some of who have died in penury. The first half has you totally in the grip of Dhulia and the main protagonist Irfan Khan, who flawlessly essays a complex role with dexterity. A soldier who movesmore

Writer-director Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Paan Singh Tomar has the quiet, single-minded determination of Joey from War Horse, even Nagesh Kukunoor’s Iqbal to some degree, and he has Phoolan Devi’s writhing anger. But Dhulia’s biopic of the fauji-turned-baagi doesn’t scream out for attention as Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen did. Paan Singh Tomar is not desperate for attention. It’s quite confident that it’s the bee’s knees. It is. One, because it is directed by Dhuliamore

A young army jawaan returns two days late from his leave. Army discipline requires that he be punished, so he is told to pick up his luggage and run ten times round the ground. This is the sort of scene that would normally be evidence of the hero’s gruelling training, or perhaps the injustice of his lot. In Tigmanshu Dhulia’s film, though, our hero finishes his rounds so fast and so effortlessly that his commanding officer refuses to believe he’s actually done themmore