Paan Singh Tomar was a real-life hero of India-a great athlete focusing on Steeplechase run winning National awards for the country. He was in army service while achieving his medals during 1958-64. He was seven times national champions and also represented India in Tokyo Asian Games in 1958. His record in 3000 Steeplechase stood the test of time for almost a decade. After retirement he returned to his native village and tried to reside happily as a farmer. But eventually the pride of India turned into an outlaw and was killed by Indian police in 1981. As a good sportsman he was unheard of, but he carried a big award as a most-wanted outlaw of India’s notorious Chambal Valley. bb6 voting
The melancholic story with this real-life hero inspired director Tigmanshu Dhulia to make this movie titled ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ that released throughout India on March 2, 2012. There’s no dearth of bandit-genre films in India, but Dhulia opted for the serious sort of cinema with a powerful statement. Powerful story-telling, apt technical support, brilliant cinematography and seamless editing, lilting background scores and powerhouse performances have made this movie an altogether different experience within the genre. No surprise the movie has attained the status of ‘run’ away hit.
Talking of performances Irrfan Khan steals the thunder as usual in the title role. It absolutely was palpable simply how much efforts and labor he’d devote to reside the role besides all the running. His characteristic wry humor enhances the personality of Pann Singh Tomar.Fresh in the Indian army Paan Singh boasted of his maternal uncle as being a ‘baghi’ (rebel) and no outlaw. The memorable dialogue in this context ‘Rebels breed in Chambal while dacoits are within Parliament!’ rings the air. After having in to the career of an outlaw Paan Singh kept up the ironical comment ‘Nobody heard about me as a national champion, but the minute I became an outlaw the complete country knew me and I came to carry an enormous cash award on my head!’ ;.
The first half the movie vividly describes Paan Singh as an athlete together with his victory run of steeplechase. For his straight talking and running talent army officials decided to send him for physical training to develop into a sportsman. Honest and loyal to the core of his heart Paan Singh during the time of war regretted being truly a sportsman as he wasn’t delivered to fight the enemies. Retiring in prime age Paan Singh returned to his native village and immediately got entangled in a land feud together with his relatives. He did everything possible from his patriotic fervor to determine peace and amity. Failing in he approached his army bosses for help and they guided him to the local authorities. But corrupt admin and police insulted and humiliated him. While a police inspector threw away his medals his relatives in the village raided his home killing his old mother brutally and his family just escaped.
That was the turning point and he’d no option but to use up the gun and constitute a team with members have been also equally repressed and tortured. The second half the film narrates his career as an outlaw leading finally to his entrapment and killing by police. In this half the director had a tricky problem of choosing between a normal bandit-drama and the enigma of Paan Singh Tomar. With a masterful balancing act he succeeds in taking his film forward without romanticizing or condemning the real-life hero while fondly preserving his true characteristic spirit till the end.
And, so if it is over we leave the theater with much heart feeling painfully for the pitiful conditions of Indian sportsmen who are not successful cricketers. Deeply moved by this unsung hero the person to person spread far and wide working wonders because of this wonderful movie. The strong statement created by the movie in support of Indian sports fraternity lingers on.