Paan Singh Tomar is a 2012 Indian biographical film based on the true story of the athlete of the same name. The film was directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and produced by UTV Motion Pictures. Irrfan Khan plays the title role, with Mahie Gill, Vipin Sharma and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the supporting cast.
India is one of the few countries in the world with various distinct cultures and their own history. In such a nation there were numerous people whose life contains all ingredients for a nail-biting tales but sadly biopics are hardly explored in the country. Tigmanshu Dhulia showed guts to pen a script on one of unsung heroes of Indian sports Paan Singh Tomar and end result is a captivating cinema that explores many facts of our system.
The film was released on 2 March 2012 to critical acclaim and emerged as a superhit at the box-office, with a domestic net of ₹201.80 million (US$2.8 million).
Paan Singh Tomar premiered at the 2010 British Film Institute London Film Festival, the film won several awards including the Best Feature Film and Best Actor in the 60th National Film Awards 2012.
The Movie start up with a journalist who wants to take an interview the most terrible dacoit of the region Paan Singh Tomar and as the interview moves the story went into flashback. Paan Singh Tomar, who works in Army but his dietary supplement requirements moved him to the sport division of the army because there is no limit on diet in sports. Luckily his race talent got noticed by his senior to whom he delivered the ice cream at his home in just four minutes Unmelt. Soon he become National Champion in “Indian National Games” and later in “International Military Games” in 1967.But gradually his personal life takes over his Professional life, and his forced to become a Dacoit after being neglected and insulted by the Police, and his mission is to rebel and defy the police department.
Irfan Khan is superb. He has done really great. The acting of other character were superb awesome, Mahie Gill as Tomar’s wife gave a good performance again. Vipin Sharma was a treat to watch in role of Major Masand, a senior to Tomar and one who believed in his potential. Brijendra Kala is as usual dependable and brought a comic flavour as a journalist
This is one the rare films in Bollywood today that dare to show the real picture of corrupt political and judicial system in India. The common man has no choice but to take arms just to save his dignity.