Oct 23, 2010
Paan Singh Tomar
December 14, 2012 at 9:09 AM
recently saw 'paan singh tomar'..The movie works because Irffan makes Paan Singh Tomar come alive as an athlete, as a husband and as a dacoit. This is a flawless performance from a consummate actor.. The camerawork, especially of the ravines and the river, is excellent. In a country obsessed with overpaid cricketers, a biopic on a former national champion athlete is reason enough to celebrate. Irrfan is simply 'amazing'.He reminds me of dilip kumar ,sanjeev kumar., motilal ,balraj sahni school of acting.Hats off to Tigmanshu the director. I appreciate the kind of work he does. those highly overrated and self promoting directors & actors should learn from them.the likes of rohits, devgans should take a back seat. the movie shreds the indians approach towards sport-persons. no wonder teens never stop thinking of cricket & crickets .irrfan khan has the guts to work for such a fils which offers him sheer grime & dust in the ravindes of morena's. all the bext to such a pair.
December 14, 2012 at 9:10 AM
The most heart touching film ever till now i m totally impressed by the character played by sir irrfan nd bye last scene of the film i hve totally cried for real legendry hero sir paan singh tomar ji whose record is 9min 4 sec of 3000 m nd won 7 medal thats all i hve totally impressed that i hve read the biography of sir paan singh tomar ji by heartly..........
December 14, 2012 at 9:11 AM
Hats off to the Director who made Paan Sing Tomar movie. This is a movie which should be given 5Star rating and also paan sing tomar's family shoud be introduced to everyone by media and his family should be awarded as well. Incase if any media ppl is watching my comment please a humble request for you to introduce his family in media. I would like to salute to such great ppl and will like to meet them in personal if possible.. Thanks, Anand Pawar
December 16, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Ifran khan is a superb and spontaneous actors..unique identity
January 24, 2013 at 7:36 PM
It is very well-paced, capturing the entire trajectory of a man’s life within a running time of two hours or so, and not allowing the story to drag at any point. This is much easier said than done: to compress years, even decades, into minutes and hours requires a thorough understanding of the principles of storytelling. One has to convey the passing of time without letting too much time pass, and the dramatically interesting portions have to be highlighted while also allowing the quieter, more low-key moments to register. And I think Tigmanshu Dhulia, the director, has achieved this remarkably well. I appreciated how he divided the film into two clear halves, one showing Paan Singh Tomar’s life before he became a dacoit (as well as the factors that compel him to become one), and the other showing his life after he chooses to add his name to the list of ‘baaghis’ in Chambal. Not only does this give us a distinct, chronological understanding of his life, it also helps accentuate the tragedy of a fundamentally decent man being forced to resort to crime to save his family and salvage for himself the respect that the world refused to show him until he demanded it at gunpoint. And while Dhulia has used the drama of Paan Singh’s life as an athlete and as an outlaw to optimum effect, he has also allowed the man behind the legend to shine through, especially in the scenes with Paan Singh and his wife, as well as in his interactions with the members of his gang. These are the quieter moments that I spoke of, the ones that help in fleshing out the protagonist’s character. The moving back-and-forth in time—Paan Singh being interviewed in the present, and him retelling the events of the past—is also skillfully done. To sum up, every minute of the screen time has been used to convey something, either about the character of Paan Singh, or about the milieu that made him who he was. That’s some masterful filmmaking at work.
January 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM
I must speak about the miracle that is Irrfan Khan. From a Shakespearean tragic hero in ‘Maqbool’ to a street-side vendor in ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’, from the comical do-gooder in ‘Life in a Metro’ to the villainous young man in ‘Haasil’, from the gentle NRI father in ‘The Namesake’ to a crafty yet good-natured criminal in ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’, he has been outstanding in pretty much everything he has done. And as Sir has pointed out, he has managed to make a place for himself in the film industry despite not having a brawny body or chocolate boy facial features. But then, most great actors down the ages also had neither of those attributes. Some of the greatest star-actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood, such as Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, James Cagney and Ernest Borgnine, didn’t have looks worth drooling over. Think also of the living legends: Tom Hanks, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, dustin hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Christopher Walken…none of them are particularly handsome. Closer home, it is the same story—Amitabh Bachchan, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Utpal Dutt, Girish Karnad, Mohanlal, Sanjeev Kumar…I could go on naming great actors who made it without good looks (and in many cases, even without having relatives in the film industry). Actors like Irrfan, Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddique and Boman Irani are continuing with that tradition. More power to their elbow.
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