Saturday 17 March 2012

Paan Singh Tomar [2012]

If one isn’t made aware of the fact that the movie is ‘based on real events’, one would easily end up thinking this is a completely fictitious and fabricated tale – such was the strange and tragic life that the film’s eponymous anti-hero Paan Singh Tomar led. Paan Singh, played quite incredibly by Irrfan Khan, one of the finest Indian actors of today, was a seven-time national champion in steeplechase during his stint with the Indian Army, and represented India too internationally. However, despite his desire to settle down in his farm post his voluntary retirement from services, circumstances ended up converting this decent-natured former athlete into a dangerous outlaw and dacoit. Based on a well-written script that has been peppered with equal doses of realism, anger and humour, the film has managed to bring to life the bizarre journey of the protagonist, while also depicting the kind of petty politics and corruption that has become an integral part of life in India – more so in the rural areas. The movie’s best moments, undoubtedly, come in the first half which has been dedicate to his life as an army-man who becomes an athlete more out of convenience than passion. The second half which chronicled his becoming an outlaw, however, couldn’t live up to the same level of engaging visceral thrills, though the outdoor shots of the badlands of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh were a treat for the eyes.

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Genre: Drama/Biopic
Language: Hindi
Country: India


Sam Juliano said...

Engaging review of a film that I confess I know nothing about. Your authority and appreciation here is beyond reproach.

Shubhajit said...

Thanks Sam. This is an interesting biopic about a person I knew nothing about until I watched the film. Do take a look at it if you can.

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