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The Plot
Paan Singh Tomar is based on the true story of a runner employed by the army, who goes from winning gold medals for the country on the track to be forced to become a baaghi, not a dacoit, as he keeps correcting people himself. When Paan Singh Tomar retires from sports and the army to return to his village to take care of his farms and family, he falls right in the middle of an unjust and corrupt rural law and order system. Circumstances take a nosedive into life-threatening situations when he decides to fight back. He starts his own gang and wreaks havoc. The rest are his adventures and his eventual fall. Not surrender.

By Mona J

Paan Singh Tomar
Paan Singh Tomar

+10 To Irrfan’s Performance as the blunt-headed, highly passionate, high metabolism son of the soil. And finally a film ALL TO HIMSELF. Of which he is given an entire act to establish his character.

+10 To Tigmanshu Dhulia for getting three things right in a row. The right genre. We so badly needed a good biopic right about now. The right subject for a biopic. Paan Singh Tomar is the romantic idea of the quintessential Indian anti-hero. And the right guy to play the lead. Refer the point above this one.

+6 To Mahie Gill. She has never failed us. Plus two each to Swapnil Kothriwal as Paan Singh’s son and Brijendra Kala, the fumbling reporter.

-4 To The Rest Of The Cast and some of it is not even their fault. Irrfan was just running too fast for them to keep up with him.

Stills from the movie Paan Singh Tomar
Stills from the movie Paan Singh Tomar

+8 For The Brilliant Writing. A plot with a nice shape and brilliant lines for the colourful characters.

-8 To The Background score and minus eight to the cinematography even. Both for the same reason. There are many ways to stylise a flick but this slick action movie styling was not for Paan Singh Tomar.

-3 Because What Was Up with that Spartan stuck inApocalypse Now climax gunfight?

-3 Because Despite Intercuts Of Old Footage the film didn’t feel it was telling the story of another era. Plus three because despite the same, the story didn’t feel like it was from another era.

+2 To The Closing Credits Soundtrack, a Paan Singh Tomar dialogue mix of Mamaiya Kero Kero Mama from the 1985 film Arjun. Totally enhancing that ’80s young, urban, angsty action films aftertaste thatPaan Singh leaves us with.

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