Movie: Paan Singh Tomar

Director:Tigmanshu Dhulia

Cast:Irrfan Khan, Mahi Gill

Jagran rating:    (Good)

Story line: Tigmanshu Dhulia’s movie Paan Singh Tomar showcases the sad plight of unsung sportsmen in India. This biopic is based on India's forgotten athlete, a seven-time national champion Paan Singh Tomar who became a dacoit later. Set in the milieu of Chambal, 1958 this is a story of a brilliant athlete Paan Singh Tomar (Irrfan Khan) who fetched 7 gold medals to India by winning, steeplechase. Born in the dacoit-infested district of Morena, Tomar was an Army jawan too.  His financial status and his life becomes miserable post retirement. How a simple jawan and athlete, Paan Singh Tomar becomes a dacoit is the kernel of the story.

Thumbs Up: A well-woven plot, strong narrative, exciting screenplay makes Paan Singh Tomar a thrilling watch. Irrfan Khan, undoubtedly is one of the finest actors in the business but, this flick broadens his territory. The way Irrfan portrays the metamorphosis of Tomar from a sober man to an angry one is commendable. Mahi Gill as Tomar’s wife has done justice to her role.

Dialogues, cinematography and screenplay are excellent. In fact, dialogues are so good that it help build the plot. Tigmanshu Dhulia who has surely created a niche for himself shows his excellence yet again. The theme song complements the sensitive subject on which the film is based.

Thumbs Down: Sluggish editing makes the film a little lengthy. Dragging second half and few predictable scenes are the only drawbacks of this great film.Paan Singh Tomar celebrates the forgotten heroes of India's sporting arena.

Though you may leave the theatre with a heavy heart, you can be satisfied that you watched a meaningful film after a long time.

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