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

7/10
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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Must Watch

10/10
Author: alok-beel from India
20 April 2013

Irrfan's performance and the gripping storyline makes the movie a must watch. Despite being a biopic, the story has good pace. The remarkable ease with which Irrfan executes such roles is truly remarkable. He leaves his impression on you for days after you watch the movie. Mahie is good too as one of the lead character. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Brajendra Kala have also performed well. Hats off to Tigmanshu Dhulia for remaking a good movie after Haasil. The combination of Tigmanshu and Irrfan has created magic again. Such movies usually have a disappointing climax but this movie does well there too. Watch it once and you will watch it again.

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Irrfan Khan has delivered superlative performance

10/10
Author: bharat_bhushan02 from India
18 March 2013

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A die-hard patriot and an international level athlete who is forced to become a dacoit or should I say 'Baaghi'. Commendable performances by almost the entire cast right from Irrfan Khan to the nervous journalist (Bijendra Kala). Mahie Gill matches steps with Irrfan in a fiery and yet restrained performance. I hand my hat to Tigmanshu Dhulia for crisp dialogues, subtle humor and bringing out the Chambal live to you. You can actually feel the grime and dust of the infamous land. Needless to say Irrfan Khan has delivered superlative performance. He has defined what is called as an 'Effortless Performance'. I hope that this movie brings him the most deserved laurels as he brought the same to the movie. 'Irrfan Khan is Pan Singh Tomar'.

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Mark of Maturity

9/10
Author: flyingsaucer from India
12 March 2013

First of all, no beating about the bush, Irrfan Khan is the best actor in the country. Aye, I mean better than great talents like Nawazuddin, Aamir and Ajay Devgan. This man seems to hit it out of the park again and again, consistently blowing the expectations of Indian Audiences to smithereens. This movie is carried on the broad shoulders of Irrfan, who like Ken Watanabe has become face of his country in Hollywood -- and very deserving.

This movie is made as well as it could have been made. It deserved to go to the Oscars, but the naive Indian Film authority has chosen a far inferior film called Barfi to represent India at Oscars. It is my Opinion that Indian films can never grow if every year only a big star is given Best Actor Award. If you are a big star, and you had a moderately good performance, then boom, you win the best actor for the year. I hated how Ranbir Kapoor chosen as best actor over Irrfan Khan....In Bollywood,stardom and parental influence reigns.

The movie is about an athlete, who represents India at National and International levels and win many medals and honors for the country. This disinterested sportsman slowly unravels in him a streak of immeasurable success consistently over the period of 15 years. When he retires, he falls into the dark world of Indian corruption and police, when his relative grabs his piece of land and police just wouldn't help him. In times of desperateness, Paan Singh Tomar takes up a gun to fight for his own. And the rest of the story is about what steps he takes to win over his land and take over those who oppose him. It might seem like Art Film, but believe me, this Film is TOTAL FUN. Never a dull moment, never a clichéd scene, and not one useless dialogue. This film is a triumph.

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Paan Singh Tomar (U/A) Hindi --------- my Rating : ★★★★ TRUE STORY

8/10
Author: yunusitboss
27 January 2013

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Paan Singh Tomar (U/A) Hindi --------- my Rating : ★★★★ TRUE STORY

STRENGTHS : - * Screenplay : scenes will move off sweeping away. will not make u bore.... * Casting and Performances : fantastic by irfan khan and rest of them..... * Background Score : superb exact timing scores were given..... * Direction and Camera : well absorbed and taken well in the First half.... * Story : a real life story of an "Paan Singh tomar "

WEAKNESSES : - * Trailer and Promotions : the movie is not well promoted and received in the box office whereas it is an Hit later.....

FINAL VERDICT : - * within the start of 20 minutes ... u will get attached to the script and go away... superb movie... but not more than once.....

Paan Singh Tomar is a Hindi-language film, based on the true story of a runner employed by the Army and has won Gold medal at Indian National Games but forced to become notorious baaghi. It is directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia.

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Just wonderful !

10/10
Author: dhul sark
30 December 2012

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The simplicity shown by director in this movie is worth to be watched, Who says that the big budgeted with so called super stars movies can be hit, but I think Irfan is a real super star.

Commendable performances by almost the entire cast right from Irrfan Khan to the nervous journalist (Bijendra Kala). Mahie Gill matches steps with Irrfan in a fiery and yet restrained performance. I hand my hat to Tigmanshu Dhulia for crisp dialogues, subtle humor and bringing out the Chambal live to you.

Overall the movie is a treat to eyes and ears. Dhulia leaves you with credits to forgotten heroes of sports who died penniless and without any recognition.

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Hats off to Irrfan !

9/10
Author: Amit Kumar
29 December 2012

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Paan Singh Tomar is a fantastic biopic of an Armyman turned Athlete turned dacoit. Apart from great cinematography, which really brought the Bhihad of MP alive, its the dialogues and the ease with which Irrfan Khan carries off the character which really makes the film work.

It's only rare that a film so honest and gritty comes out of Bollywood. For the amount of senseless cinema we produce, Paan Singn Tomar redeems Bollywood.

Paan Singh's achievements as an athlete is shown in good detail and so is his transformation into a person who had to take the law in his hands. The part where he becomes feared and successful as a dacoit is sorely missing. And that according to me is the film's biggest letdown. The meek and largely submissive Paan Singh suddenly becomes a dreaded outlaw and we are asked to take that as a given.

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Absolutely stellar performance !

10/10
Author: sush_re reddy
24 December 2012

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Boosted By An Excellent Performance by Irfan Khan and the rest of the cast, and a meaningful and good story, Pan Singh Tomar is one of the better bollywood movies which has great performances from the cast, a great story which is worth telling, and Irfan Khan just makes it better with his excellent portrayel of his character.

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 Singh Tomar may not celebrate the spirit of win like 'Chak de India' or "Jo jeeta wohi sikandar" But it does celebrates the spirit the True Sportsmanship and it does it perfectly & flawlessly-Kudos !

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Must watch for every cinema lover

10/10
Author: hitesh_c from United States
23 December 2012

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An awesome movie depicting the life of an ex- army man, his pain, anger. Good job done by all actors, to my surprise Mahi Gill also acted well. But hats off to the ultimate Khan- Irrfan Khan. Be it acting, dialogues , or facial expressions..he masters in every thing.

This movie will leave a lasting impression on you days after you have seen this movie.It not only conveys the fact about plight of people who consider sports as important ingredient in one's upbringing and well being but also the complexities and egoistic clashes born out of prejudices in this wide country.

Every second in the movie you are eager to know what happens at climax .. but as its a true based movie the climax cant be a good drama flick. Still a nice ending to it is given. A movie that caters to all age and class of people.

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A Summary of All That is Wrong in India

9/10
Author: Safdar Ali from New Delhi
6 July 2012

First of all, there are two heroes in the movie. One is the inimitable Irrfan who has always left an impression on his fans and critics alike right from his first movie. The second hero of the movie is its script. The story of an army athlete who decides to participate in sports for the sole reason that he could eat full stomach, a man who prefers to run bare feet in an international arena and finally has to take up arms to protect his family and property when the government and administration fail to act. The transformation is so pure and natural that we all ended up feeling I would have done the same in the situation. That's the strength of the story and the character.

The movie goes on at an amazing pace without a dull moment, the one liners are so witty that even while empathizing with the situation you can put a curve on your lips, and the entire supporting cast just gels around the story as if its their story too. Special mention to Mahie who displays superb acting skills yet again in the limited opportunity she gets. She has an amazing screen presence and you end up wanting for more...and more.

All in all a superb movie and a must watch for everybody!!

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