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Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

Not Rated | | Action, Biography, Crime | 2 March 2012 (USA)
The story of Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion who becomes one of the most feared dacoits in Chambal Valley after his retirement.

Director:

Tigmanshu Dhulia

Writers:

Sanjay Chauhan (screenplay), Tigmanshu Dhulia (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Irrfan Khan ... Paan Singh Tomar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ravi Bhushan Bhartiya ... Balram Singh Thomar
Hemendra Dandotiya Hemendra Dandotiya ... Gernail Singh
Mahie Gill ... Indra
Rajendra Gupta ... Major H.S. Randhawa
Jhakkad Guru Jhakkad Guru ... Man at Ice Stall
Ashraf Ul Haq Ashraf Ul Haq ... Dacoait
Imran Hasnee ... Matadeen Singh Tomar
Zakir Hussain ... M,P.S. Rathore
Brijendra Kala ... Journalist
Jahangir Khan Jahangir Khan ... Bhawar Singh (as Khan Jahangir Khan)
Swapnil kiiran Kotriwar Swapnil kiiran Kotriwar ... Hanumanta singh tomar
Vipin Sharma ... Major Masand
Nawazuddin Siddiqui ... Gopi Jadav
Dinesh Uniyal Dinesh Uniyal ... Recruit
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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. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

2 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Паан Сингх Томар See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,390, 4 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,567, 18 March 2012
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According to newspaper reports it was reported that Tomar was shot when he was alive and was asking for water: "Any rajput here who could please give me some water"; Hawaldar Tribhuwan Singh started walking towards Tomar with some water but the Circle inspector shouted at him: "Tribhuwan, dacoit has no caste". See more »

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When the train approaches Nurpura railway station, the coach just after the locomotive engine has "G S L" and "U M Re" written on it (Hindi abbr. for North Central Railway). The story is set in the '60s and '70s, but the North Central railway came into existence on 1st April, 2003. See more »

Quotes

Journalist: You tricked the police of three states. This was quite a big scandal.
Paan Singh Tomar: That's the misfortune of our country. I crossed 28 barriers & 7 water pits to become the national champion, nobody cared. But when I fooled the police and do a kidnapping then everybody started chanting, Paan Singh... Paan Singh!
Journalist: I agree. Sports persons in this country are in a very poor condition.
Paan Singh Tomar: Don't shed crocodile tears. Had I been only a mere sportsperson, would you've taken so much risk to come & interview me?
Journalist: I agree.
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An unadulterated effort = Contemporary Masterpiece = Paan Singh Tomar
4 March 2012 | by Jaideep MannSee all my reviews

Paan Singh Tomar, national steeplechase champion, nephew of a Dacoit or "Baaghi" as Paan prefers to call it, an army soldier wants to be in army sports because they don't have restriction on eating food. The interesting plot builds on it and takes you to a whirlwind journey of his life, which tickles you, inspires you, and ultimately asks you some very uncomfortable questions.

Tigmanshu Dhulia paints the canvas with natural but vivid emotions, he has surely pulled it off. All characters have color of their own, but Irrfan, has just delivered a performance which will make him stand in league of extraordinary men. He is convincing as middle aged dacoit, and it is pleasant surprise that he looks as convincing as young army soldier running on track in shorts, which his wife thinks he shouldn't wear as women stare at them.

Mahie Gill has restricted territory but like in all her previous films, she has supported the scenes well. All other characters have just beautifully fallen in place. Director has not compromised with authenticity and has retained the language as spoken in the area where movie is set, don't worry English subtitles are there to help you out if you miss some of the dialogs.

The romance between husband and wife has been handled with gentleness, with sequences such as the couple sends their children to buy "lemon-choos" so that they get some time alone. The movie could have been crispier and shorter n second half when plot moves to Chambal as Paan plans to exact his revenge. Director has sensibly not inserted any songs in the movie as they are not required at all, compliments to the team for this common sense. The background score, especially during races compliments the beautiful cinematography.

Overall the movie is a treat to eyes and ears. A must watch ! Compliments to Tigmanshu as he just builds on the skill and craftsmanship he displayed in Haasil and Sahib Biwi aur Gulam. Dhulia leaves you with credits to forgotten heroes of sports who died penniless and without any recognition.


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