Thursday, March 15, 2012

Paan Singh Tomar (2012)



With Bollywood churning out over 800 films each year, films that really matter are few and far between. Paan Singh Tomar is one such gem.

The athlete-turned-dacoit's tale is thought-provoking and moving. And no one could have portrayed it better. I was almost sick of hearing Irrfan's voice imitations on tv channels and radio stations. 
But Paan Singh Tomar is an absolute delight to watch and hear. Raw, witty and a rebel, the character haunts you long after you've seen the film.

Director Tigmanshu Dhulia, who hasn't tasted commercial success but is a critics' favorite, hogged the limelight with Haasil (a launchpad for Irrfan) in 2003, Saheb Biwi aur Gangster and Shagird in 2011. I fondly remember Saheb Biwi aur Gangster for its absorbing screenplay and slick editing. Eagerly awaiting its sequel. Among Dhulia's upcoming films are Milan Talkies(a love story with Irrfan in the lead), Bhiwani and Jai Ramji.

An interesting piece by Forbes on what went into making Paan Singh Tomar.

[Tidbit - Dhulia trained as an actor at the National School of Drama where Khan was his junior].