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A Non Confirmist Bollywood movie after a decade

Author: vkspathak from India
4 March 2012

Being a son of chambal I have all reasons to prejudice about this movie to promote it but trust me I will not , What i like about this movie is hidden humor in perfect dialogue delivery by Irfaan khan and simplicity of his character.

A simple man who was pride of nation, a athlete who holds the national record and become a rebel for the pride of the family ,a very powerful script with good direction and fabulous acting,

Even violent scenes are portrayed with utter innocence , the things i missed in movie is connectivity of local flavour like not much scenery of Morena , bhind districts & the language accent.

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Sends a message of respecting national pride.

Author: movie_fan_kuldip from India
1 October 2015

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Paan Singh Tomar is a movie about poor man from a remote village of India. He achieves the honor of breaking various records in racing. After getting retired, there is a dispute that sets against his family. Even a national asset is not supported by officials, giving rise to a gunman. The story goes further, he and his associates kill several people for wealth, helps others. Gradually he dies at the hands of police and story ends.

A movie is now made for suffering national assets, an extra mark for that. Even the Olympic medalist did not gain the respect from officials. Government must arrange for certain ways that this doesn't happen at least to people who are nation's pride. I personally did not like Irrfan's acting, a negative mark for that. Somebody who's more flexible physically, would have been well suited for the role. A movie worth a watch, because of the message it sends.

Rating: 8.1/10

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Truly one of the best films of 2012

Author: pratyush-03848
31 August 2015

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India typically focuses on cricket as we see it as a religion, but times have changed. Other sports in the past were not given much attention, such as steeplechase running in this case. This is the story of one of the best steeplechase runners in India who became a dacoit due to circumstances in his life. Paan Singh Tomar is an army officer who joins the athletics division as his performance wows his army seniors. Soon he becomes a steeplechase runner for India and achieves national stardom. Soon he is involved in a dispute in his village which eventually leads him to become a dacoit. Tomar went from a national level athlete to a dacoit. His transition and his life as a dacoit form the rest of the story. Tigmanshu Dhulia directs, in my opinion, a soon to be cult classic that tells the true story of one of India's forgotten athletes. The story is well written and as a result, the acting is flawless. Irrfan Khan is exceptional as Paan Singh Tomar as he plays the performance with ease. His transition from an army officer to an athlete to a dacoit make it all believable. As a result of his acting, he won the National Award for Best Actor for films released in 2012. In the end of the day, I truly recommend this movie to film goers out there, whether you like sports or not. It is a film no one should skip out on.

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The movie shows a true story

Author: jnagar-iitk from India
24 August 2015

Movie: Paan Singh Tomar Directed by: Tigmanshu Dhulia Writing Credits: Sanjay "chauhan" & Tigmanshu Dhulia Star Casting: Irrfan Khan(as Paan Singh Tomar),Mahi Gill(as Indra),Vipin Sharma(as Major Masand) & Nawazuddin Siddiqui(as Gopi Jadav)

The story of Paan Singh Tomar, based on a true story of an athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion becomes one of the most feared "dacoit"("Baaghi" as Paan prefers to call it) in Chambal Valley after his army retirement.

Paan joins the army to serve his country but he is encouraged to participate in distance in international competition because of his good stamina, high energy and good running speed. Soon he brings laurels to his country after winning several gold medals. But his success is short lived when he enters into a fight with his relatives in his village over a land feud. Though he wins the fight in village "panchayat", he and his family are threatened for life. He goes back to the army and even approaches the police for help but his efforts goes in vain. Unfortunately, he has no options but to pick up guns to protect his family which turns him into a dreaded "dacoit".

The director has done a great job. He has not only handled the hard- hitting true story of a rebel but also portrayed the forgotten sportsman in an outstanding way.

The movie is not well promoted and received in the box office whereas it became a hit later.

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A Splendid Movie! Irrfan Khan is Phenomenal!!

Author: vishaal811 from India
23 July 2015

A Biopic is not the most interesting genre of film. However, Bollywood has made two memorable biopics in the past few years. Paan Singh Tomar is based on the life of a national steeplechase champion who did not get the recognition that he deserved and eventually became a dacoit in order to have his name printed in newspapers.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which was based on the life of Milkha Singh, has borrowed some elements from this magnificent movie which has managed to restore my faith in this genre.

Paan Singh Tomar is played by Irrfan Khan who gives a career-best performance which is quite impressive considering the number of notable movies he has made. He plays the character in a nuanced manner that incorporates the unique dialect from his native place in Madhya Pradesh. The dedication to his role is palpable as he transforms himself, both physically and mentally, to play someone who has a lot of anger inside him due to the apathy of the Army and the Indian Media for not giving him his due recognition.

Paan Singh Tomar epitomizes the struggle of athletes in India to gain recognition despite endless hard work and complete apathy from the government. There are a lot of changes that must be implemented to ensure that these athletes get proper training and diet to give their best performance.

This movie is one of the finest to have come out from Bollywood. The producers must be given credit to back such a film in which the protagonist was largely unknown to the masses. The film accurately depicts the lifestyle in villages and the authenticity is further escalated by the unique dialect that all the characters use. Watch Irrfan Khan give one of the most memorable performance by an Indian actor.

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irrfan at his best

Author: khan554427 from India
28 January 2015

just watched the review here on IMDb and i m quite disappointed with the 8.3/10 rating this movie must get the rating of at least 9.5/10. best Indian movie ever made on sports. Irrfan is the best actor right now in bollywood. hats off for your performance irrfan u r a real superstar of bollywood. tigmanshu and irrfan make a fine pair as actor and director. they first made haasil and now paan singh tomar but i must say paan singh tomar is far better than haasil.this is the masterstoke of irrfan's ability as an actor.the emotions and expressions he show in this movie were marvellous his comic timing his one liner everything in the film was perfect. Amazing script, amazing dialogue writing fabulous starcaste and magical performance of irrfan khan as paan singh all make this movie a masterpiece. I am really hurt to see that this movie didn't get the applause and honour that it deserve. must watch both classes and masses this movie is for every Indian

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Made as a competently good biopic, the acting is well top notch is worth a watch just for Irfan Khan.

Author: braddugg from India
20 September 2014

Made as a competently good biopic, the acting is well top notch. It is worth a watch just for Irfan Khan.

I have not heard of this man, till I knew of this movie, its good to know of such sportsman and sad to know the tragedy. The fate of the country is such that a national champion is forgotten but a dacoit is made news easily. This is an ironic story and is told really very well. Dialogues are written extremely well. The dialect is just great, It brings out rawness to character and a flavor of its own to the whole script.

The cinematography is done well, and the director sure has an eye for detail the way he has shown a few things, like a steeplechase race, dacoit's backdrop and the feuds in villages. Mind you this is a biopic and has to be handled in way to tell a real life character, there is no much added drama, at few places, it might have fallen bland too of course life is not so very interesting all times either. But all are pu together effectively to bring out a story that has a heart. We may not be in favor of Paan Singh by the end for what he has done, but fir sure he shall live on in the minds long after the movie is over.

Watch it for Dialect/Dialogues and yes for Irfan Khan who may be sweeping many best actor awards for reprising this role and living it in a way thats so tough to do in terms of controlling emotions and thus exhibiting them at rare times.

Liked it and I recommend such biopics be watched to know India and its diversity in a better way too. My rating is 4/5 for a movie that has been dared to be made and executed really well.

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From the perspective of a Chambal guy

Author: Rahul Gurjar from India
17 August 2014

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Mahie Gill and Nawazuddin Siddiqui Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia This past weekend, I saw the movie Paan Singh Tomar. As it is based on a real incident happened in the life of national athlete, it was definitely a film to remember. Being from the Chambal region helped me a lot to understand the director's research work on local culture.

This story is based on the life of famous and seven time's steeplechase national champion who became one of the most wanted Dacoits in Chambal Valley. The first half of the movie is a conversation between a journalist and Paan Singh Tomar while the other half depicts real frame. This interview of Paan led the government to take him seriously and get him to surrender as soon as possible.

Overall this movie sends a great message that sportsmen aren't getting enough attention on and off the field which they deserve for bringing so many laurels to the nation. Same thing happened with Paan Singh when police denied his identity even when he showed his medals and said that they can't interfere in between until someone dies. Tigmanshu has succeeded in showing every aspect of the story. Making film in same Chambal valley has added a real touch to the film.

Irfan has done justice to the character by showing excellent and professional acting skills. He depicted role of a guy from Chambal. Dialogues were very good. Mahie gill too has done some great work as a co star. Here Nawazuddin hasn't performed up to the mark. Since it is a biopic, the writer didn't have much work to do but he could have made it better by adding some important things to it.

Cinematography is something very professional, the way they have used lighting in scene where journalist comes to interview Paan Singh is laudable. Other than that folk music has also added some reality to it, I noticed folk music playing in a loudspeaker at many places which you will commonly encounter these days in those kind of villages(though not in 1970's).

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The film is actually the autobiography of an athlete/soldier who turned to a rebel due to the circumstances.

Author: sachin thomas from India
15 August 2014

I loved the film,as it was really meant to give tribute to the unsung heroes of Indian sports history.Moreover Irfan Khan could portray the role of Paan Singh with his acting talent,which brought an overall originality to the character.Along with that the cinematographer is appreciated for snapping the scenes with a real artistic view.

On one hand the film is truly recommended for the action loving movie fans. On the other hand,the film continued the trend of narration of the past with the help of a co-star(in this case the newspaper reporter),like Irfan Khan's hit movies like Life Of Pie.Also i couldn't get the reason ,why the film was awarded national award in the category of best film.

Overall I suggest it as above average.

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A Tale of the Human Condition

Author: fella_shibby from India
9 September 2013

The acting of the film is the shinning point; it has many great actors in it. Especially the main actor Irfaan khan he made a great impression in my mind by his excellent pyrotechnic acting skill. Irfaan performed an emotion of a "runner" WHO is suffering from pain, frustration and exhaustion, but he is not giving upThe rest is the portrayal of a man who has never had it easy in his life but nonetheless keeps his heart. That is to say that he keeps his moral and ethics, just keeps on trying no matter the hardships. A MAN WITH A DREAM... an un-realizable dream to be frank. But in the end, a lot, even most, of our dreams are un-realizable... but we try anyway. The difference here is that this man is given a shot at his dream, a "one-in-a-million shot". It's something that we all would like so we can relate and CAN'T HELP but cheer for him at the end of the movie.

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