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Paan Singh Tomar  (2012 - Hindi)

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  • Palang Tod…

    Paan Singh Tomar rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 02 Mar 2012)

    ‘Pan Singh Tomar’ starts with a shot containing a poster of Amitabh Bachchan’s Super Hit Dacoit drama – ‘Ganga Ki Saugandh’. Those were the times when Dacoit films in India were in their top form. Almost all top actors were doing a Dacoit drama or wanted to do one. Sunil Dutt provided us with classics like ‘Mother India’, ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’ & ‘Reshma Aur Shera’ and on other end Dilip Kumar made it large with ‘Ganga Jamuna’. Then there were loads of such films in the late 80’s containing Dharmendra and other action heroes followed by even heroine oriented films containing Hema Malini and Rekha. But barring few good ones {Ghulami, Daata, Dacait, etc} the content started to fade out and more focus was on drama and potboiler elements. As the 90’s started lots of B-grade Dacoit films starring Joginder and others, which bought almost an end to such films. But then came Shekhar Kapur’s ‘Bandit Queen’ which took the dacoit films to another level. The hard hitting element muted the cinema lovers. Decades later Director Tigmanshu Dhulia comes up with a real life story of an Athlete/Dacoit in his latest film ‘Pan Singh Tomar’. Let’s find out whether this film will rise above the ‘Bandit Queen’ or might be full of Action drama or something different.

    ‘Pan Singh Tomar’ is real life story of an Army man Pan Singh Tomar {Irrfan}, Staying in Chambal area of India, which was once a home for all dacoits. He joins the sports section so that he can get more food. But the officials notice an unusual talent inside him, which makes him win awards for his country. But on other side his family and relatives are tortured by their cousins. After trying all means, finally Pan Singh takes the gun in his hand, but only to take revenge. What happens next is what the entire film about.

    Story is real and thus one loves the different element in it {Sports & Dacoit}. Screenplay is very tight in the first half which portrays the athlete side of our hero. Second half narrates the dacoit side, which after some time starts losing it punch, maybe for the simple reason that we have seen Bandit Queen. Still the film contains of some superb scenes like the Irrfan-Brijendra meet, Irrfan’s decision to join sports, the whole training period, Irrfan at police station, the first kidnapping followed by three state kidnapping, Irrfan training his men, Finale and few more. On the flip side the second half should have been bit more hard hitting and realistic. Everything was bit smooth and easy. Camera work is superb. Editor needed to trim the film by some 10-15 minutes.

    Background music by Sandeep Chowta was superb.

    Tigmanshu Dhulia has showed us the potential he has within him as a director. His works like Haasil and Sahib Biwi aur Gangster are perfect examples. This film took some time in making, but still never looked dated, thanks to its subject and the era {from 1950’s till 1980’s}. His story telling is superb and one does not get bored at all throughout the film. A little harder hitting element and bit tight second half would have made this film a masterpiece.

    Irrfan does a fine job as ‘Pan Singh Tomar’. Check him in all those race scenes, he slips inside the body of an athlete so easily. Mahi Gill in small role was fine. Rajendra Sharma as his coach, Brijendra Kale as the reporter and Vipin Sharma as Major Masand were superb. Jhangir Khan, Nawazudin and Zakir Hussain were wasted.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hai Dum?

    Dum hai kaafi dum hai. The film has some terrific performance by Irrfan followed by a gripping screenplay and superb direction. On the flip side it’s the length, less hard hitting drama and lack of commercial element might hamper the film. But for cinema lovers it’s a ‘Palang Tod Pan’ which one should definitely experience.

    Ratings: 3.5/5

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