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worth watch !

Author: gurdial_652003 from Switzerland
16 December 2012

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Irfan Khan is one of the few Hollywood worthy actors in bollywood, and probably the best at what he does, he yet again shows his excellent acting qualities in this movie by giving an excellent performance as Paan Singh Tomar, and he has shown the change of his character from a strict soldier to a notorious dacoit with utmost skill.

'Paan Sing Tomar' is an example of magical film-making.. One of the best Indian movies. Great subject, Superb direction, Thought provoking dialogues ,Awesome performances by all the actors.

Making the story out of interviewing Tomar's surviving family members and visiting his native village, Dhulia was really Intrigued about Tomar's largely forgotten several records is an achievement in itself.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Great film !

Author: Harpal Singh
16 December 2012

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Paan Singh Tomar is an interesting journey of a loyal soldier and a brilliant athlete (infact a national pride) who transforms into a notorious "dacoit" thanks to the 'system".

A performance that deserves full marks and demands awards, this one is easily one of Irfan's career best performances. The supporting casts were appropriate in their roles With the current scenario of the nation movies like Paan Singh Tomar needs to be made and promoted which injects "thoughts" inside audience in an entertaining way. It's when the movie ends, and the names of four Indian national champions who died penniless are shown, "Paan Singh Tomar" hits the most.

I am sure everyone will love this movie and Indian government will also do something for such unsung heroes !

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Deserving movie !

Author: Kaushal Kaur from Canada
4 December 2012

The Story is about a Daku(Dacoit)(Irfan) who was actually a soldier who fought for his country and could give it all for his country who then became a runner and wins gold medal at the Indian national games, but is forced to become a Dacoit after being neglected and insulted by the Police,and his mission is to rebel and defy the police department.

One hell of a power-packed performance by Irrfan. He carries the entire film on his shoulder.

The scenes of the army are well handled, there are some funny moments as well.

The regional language used in the film all the time makes the film much more compelling.

Memmorable dialogues especially "Kaho Haan" are just the perfect ingredients for a movie !

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Best of 2012 !

Author: Vimal Shukla from India
3 December 2012

Great tight script, great acting, and great direction.

All the actors have done a great job but Irfan is just magnificent- he is turning up as the next Nasruddin Shah.

Needless to say Irrfan Khan has delivered superlative performance. He has defined what is called as an 'Effortless Performance'. Brilliant, in fact, no words ! The simplicity shown by director in this movie is worth to be watched. This movie deserves to be in Oscar nominations I would say.

The Director does a decent job in making this film into one of the sensible movies made in bollywood, and good job from him for giving Irfan a perfect role in the movie.

Overall perfect movie !

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

One of the best movies of Indian Cinema

Author: Pulkit G from United Arab Emirates
26 October 2012

Paan Singh was a small town lad who went on to win the steeplechase at the Indian National Games for seven 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 India's gangland, Chambal.

This is probably one of the best movies of Indian Cinema... tight script, great direction backed up by some fabulous acting by Irfan Khan.. he has to be one of the best actors of realistic cinema... through out the movie there isn't a single frame which looks unnecessary and a single scene which is boring.. it will keep you glued to your seats...

i suggest its a must watch for fans of some good cinema...

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

I have renewed my respect for Irrfan Khan

Author: bollywoodplusplus from United States
8 October 2012

Irrfan Khan to post-Y2K audience is like Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri of pre-Y2K cinema rolled into one. Though that might be a exaggeration given the small body of work he has done, but films like Namesake, and Paan Singh Tomar puts him in the list of such elites. He gets into the role. He looks the character he is performing. One hell of a power-packed performance by Irrfan. He carries the entire film on his shoulder. The direction, the characters and characterization, background music, almost everything in this movie is top-notch. To make it even classier, I thought the camera work could have even been classier. Regardless, its a must watch movie for any serious movie lover.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Awesome film

Author: silvan-desouza from India
18 September 2012

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Tigmanshu Dhulia will never stop surprising us, yet another brilliant film by him. It narrates the story about an Indian athlete who turns into a dacoit and the film is brilliantly handled. The film slowly and steadily seeps you into the world of the athlete. The film starts brilliantly and slowly and gradually shows us how the athlete turns into a dacoit. The scenes of the army are well handled, there are some funny moments and some tense ones but the intense portions are more towards the second half when Irrfan becomes a dacoit and till the end the film keeps you involved. There are several brilliant scenes like the relationship between Rajendra Gupta and Irrfan Khan, Irrfan-Mahi Gill, The icecream scene, the climax The film does tend to get predictable but that is forgiven

Direction by Tigmanshu Dhulia is fab Music is limited

Irrfan Khan lives the role, he gets into the character so perfectly that it is unimaginable to see anyone in that role Mahi Gill is decent, Rajendra Gupta is excellent, Brijendra Kala is superb, Vipin Sharma is excellent, Imran Hasnee is good Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a short role does a superb job Jehangir Khan is superb

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Ice Cream.

Author: morrison-dylan-fan from United Kingdom
11 August 2012

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Since having found the 1974 "Curry Western" Dacoit film Khhotte Sikkay to be pretty enjoyable,I became very intrigued,when I read a good amount of praise on the IMDb's Indian movie board about a recently realised movie which took a look at one of India's most successful athlete's:Paan Singh Tomar,who later became one of India's most infamous Dacoit's.

The plot:


Getting information from his informants which could lead to him getting the biggest story of the year, a newspaper reporter rushes to get a relative of his, (who is also taking care of his young niece) to come along with him to the very outskirts in the city,in the hope of finding one of India's most famous Dacoit's:Paan Singh Tomar.

Arriving to the location,the reporter is met by a group of men who claim to be members of Tomar's gang.Due to the group being unsure about how genuine he is,they decide to keep the niece and uncle as a "safe guarantee",and tell the reporter that he is the only one who they will allow to meet Tomar.Taking him to their hideaway based at a run down building,the reporter finally gets his chance to come face to face with Paan Singh Tomar.

Tomar shows a strong dislike for the reporter,due to him deciding to get straight to the point and making his first question be :"How did you become a Dacoit?"

Fearing that he is about to lose the scoop of the year,the reporter does a hasty back track,and instead decides to make his first question: "When did you pick up a gun for the first time?".

Feeling that the report may actually be here for more than just a "cheap thrill",Tomar begins to tell him,how he went from being a 7 time Steeplechase champion surrounded by people whose tradition he deeply respected,to finding himself chewed up and spat out into a world filled with betrayers of any tradition,which lead to him deciding that the only one who could do the right thing and show that corruption did not decay everything around people:was himself.

View on the film:

For the handful of cars and motorbikes that appear in the film,director Tigmanshu Dhulia shows them right at the very edge of the frame,to give a strong feeling that they are about to drive off to a completely different era miles away from the movie.Despite the very best attempts from my DVD players to stop me from seeing this film, (the first player jammed at the half way point,and ended up constantly bringing up the sign "No DVD in player",whilst my spare DVD player would only play the film in black and white!) they were thankfully unable to stop Dhulia's tremendous directing from shining.

With Dhulia choosing specific moments in Tomar's athletic career and Dacoit period to use a slow-mo effect to show Paan gaining the respect of his peers in the athletic ranks,to slowing down the moments when fatal shots are fired during a number of terrific,tense gun battles, (with a stand out one being a shoot out that Dhulia beautifully sets in the middle of a river) to show that the applause Tomar use to hear during his moments of glory,have now been replaced with the sound of people taking their final breath.

Looking at the fantastic screenplay of the film, (which IMDb has weirdly not credited) Writers Dhulia and Sanjay Chauhan brilliantly take the traditional Wild West "baddie" role,and spin it into a new exciting direction.Using Paan Singh Tomar's (played by a great.focused Irrfan Khan) athletics training as a place filled with "old guard" traditional soldiers and police officers,who teach Tomar skills about concentrating and being determined,which would also be given to any lonely gunslinger,who finds themselves to be the only brave enough person to protect a town from being taken over.

Getting away from the athletics,Dhulia and Chauhan use Tomar's family farmland being taken over by a ruthless gang,as the moment for when Tomar calls for the cavalry to arrive and save the day.Sadly for Tomar, Dhulia and Chauhan expertly show that the era when "the cavalry" and other figures who are meant to stand up and protect the "common man's" town from being over run with outlaws,and to also wear a badge of authority (such as a sheriffs badge) with honour,instead of seeing it as just a cheap piece of silver.

Getting Tomar to see all of the corruptions and tragedy's happening around,the writers slowly show Tomar relies that he is the last person left,who strongly keeps to the tradition of knowing what good and evil is,which leads to him having to make an unimaginable decision of leaving "the cavalry" and everything he has valued for his whole life,to become the thing that he has hated most,in the hope of having the chance to do the right thing.

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Finally something worthy of watching.

Author: manendra-lodhi ( from India
2 July 2012

It is a great delight to see films like these now and then. The compelling factor that can make anyone watch the film is Irrfan Khan. Other than that the story is also worth watching once. What I felt in the starting was that the events were rushed. For around half an hour in the starting it seemed as if I was watching things with the feel of a documentary. However the film picked up pace and was on right track after the half time. Rarely are films made on subjects like these in India. The acting by the supporting cast was unimpressive. However Irrfan can steal any show. The regional language used in the film all the time makes the film much more compelling. Many a times I suffered with the syndrome of – "It should have been this way." But overall the film is a must watch for Indian audience.

"A definite one time watch for everyone."

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Feeling proud as well as ashamed after watching this honest well crafted film revealing the bitter truth.

Author: bobbysing from India
28 May 2012

Beginning with a confession, I really felt both proud as well as ashamed after watching this honest well crafted film revealing the bitter truth of our Indian Social System through its powerful narrative.

PROUD, because the film perfectly proves to be a true example of CINEMA made in the right manner for the overall benefit of the society. CINEMA, as per my understanding is a powerful medium of expression which basically needs to serve two main purposes. It has to entertain as well as enlighten its viewers about the various important issues prevailing in the system which need to be addressed urgently.

To be precise, how many of us ever knew about this character called PAAN SINGH TOMAR who actually existed in our society a few decades ago? We all love Cricket so much, remembering all its record makers and breakers on our tips. But how many of us ever knew about this seven-time NATIONAL CHAMPION in steeplechase (obstacle) race, a born athlete who later had to pick up arms and became a hard-core WANTED rebel (not Dacoit) of Beeharh? The film enlightens us all about Paan Singh's sad life-story and thus fulfills its duty of being a "True Cinematic Effort" made by Tigmanshu, Irfan and the team.

It also made me remember another proud product of our Indian Film Industry, BANDIT QUEEN directed by Shekhar Kapoor in 1994, which is till date considered to be a major benchmark in the history of Film-making in India. Interestingly, (as reported) director Tigmashu Dhulia worked with Shekhar in this project only in his early days.

Before moving on to the acidic part of this write-up, I would like to say that as a movie, it's a gripping experience which works majorly in its first half with a pinch of comic moments too, added brilliantly in its screenplay. The second half expectedly talks about the transformation part which can also be considered as just another 'Vengeance Saga' by many critiques. Well supported by a spectacular cinematography, sharp editing and an award winning performance by Irfan Khan, it's a worth watching gem striking a difficult balance between the life of a sportsman and a rebel. Though as I felt, the background score could have been better but still it serves the purpose well while watching the film. But here instead of giving you a review, I would like to mention a few dialogues of the film, which should be enough to prove the precious value of this rare gem coming out of Bollywood after a long time.

As the film starts off, Paan Singh informs his officer saying, "Hamaar Mama Beeharh Ke Baaghi Thhey, Dacait Nahin…..Aur Bahut Izzat Thi Unki Purey Ziley Mein!"

On being addressed as a Daku by the reporter in his interview, Paan Singh comes forward and says, "'Beeharh Mein Baaghi Hotey Hain…..Dacait Milte Hain Parliament Mein'.

In the last meeting (after becoming a rebel) with his supportive Military Officer, the Officer leaves Paan Singh saying, "Ab Main Tumse Kabhi Nahin Milunga Aur Yeh Hamari Aakhri Mulaqaat Hogi"……..but to this Paan Singh replies, "Par Khabrein Milti Rahengi!"

And lastly, on hearing the radio, broadcasting the news of Paan Singh Tomar's search by the Police all over, he laughs in anger and says, "Jab Desh Ke Liye Bhaaga, Tab Kisi Ne Nahin Poocha………, Ab Beeharh Mein Bhaag Rahey Hain To Saaley Sab Naam Jap Rahey Hain!"

So, if the above few dialogues cannot convince you to watch PAAN SINGH TOMAR as soon as possible then I seriously don't know what else can.

Now coming to the harsh part of this write-up, I felt ashamed after watching this flick due to more than one reason related to both Bollywood as well as the political social system we are living in.

Taking up Bollywood first, it was really a shame that this well-made film was lying in cans, waiting to get released for more than one year for some undisclosed reasons. The word CINEMA is complete only if we keep on making films on diversified subjects related with its various genres. Otherwise it will be just like eating the same dish in dinner every day leading to boredom. So if films like PAAN SINGH TOMAR will continue finding difficulties in getting released then Who will like to make them in the near future?

The next was the bigger shock which came in the end when they showed a whole list of names on the black screen, who were NATIONAL Champions in OLYMPICS and other games but had died eventually either due to lack of medical treatment or being penniless. Reading the list scrolling on the screen I asked to myself,

"Are these talented people, the NATIONAL TREASURES of the country only till the day they can perform on the field?

Don't they remain the same NATIONAL TREASURES once they get retired?

And Isn't this a NATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY of the Nation's Government to take care of all these gifted personalities after their retirement, till their last breath and give them a honorable farewell in the end?".

The same principle applies to every art form including the Film Industry, where we have recently seen veterans like A. K. Hangal in a sorry state asking for monetary help on the national news channels.

So this is not a review of the film PAAN SINGH TOMAR but a humble tribute from my side along with Tigmanshu and Irfan Khan, for such blessed souls who were sadly not treated well by our own society. Paan Singh may have opted for a wrong or debatable path in order to fight for this own rights. But had the Government been there to take care of him in those difficult days, considering him as A NATIONAL TREASURE, we could have got a great COACH instead of a REBEL running in the Beeharh.

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