Paan Singh Tomar - Review

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Paan Singh Tomar is a sports film that needed to be made. It's high time cinema took a look into the dark side of the pathetic manner in which sportspersons are treated in this country. And Paan Singh Tomar does that with empathy and sincerity.



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Paan Singh Tomaris the angst of an athlete who did the right thing and tried his best to work within the system to get justice for himself and his family. But then he was pushed. Pushed beyond his limits. And then he turned into a revolutionary, what we call a dacoit. The irony, that he got more recognition as a dacoit than a sportsperson representing his country in international events, never stopped to boggle him. Does it bother us though? Then, why hasn't the situation changed in the last 40-50 years?

Even now, the plight wouldn't have reached us if it were not for Irrfan Khan who plays Paan Singh Tomar. He completely bowls us over with his simplicity and then, frustrated aggression. Moreover, after Paan Singh turns into a dacoit rebel, the pride of a military personnel and a national-level sportsperson never leaves his eyes. He is very rooted in his cause and yet reminds you where his heart lies, time and again.

Mahie Gill provides wonderful support by showing us why she is Paan Singh's vulnerability. And this must be that rare film when a character who plays a prominent part in the first half of the film disappears later and the disappearance seems justified. Paan Singh had to forgo his family life including his wife, after all.

Paan Singh Tomar invokes your curiosity by exposing the rebel Paan Singh before telling us about how he was as a sportsperson. That created just the right amount intrigue because as the flashback progressed you wanted to know how this simple, straightforward person took to becoming a dacoit.

Paan Singh's achievements as an athlete is shown in good detail and so is his transformation into a person who had to take the law in his hands. The part where he becomes feared and successful as a dacoit is sorely missing. And that according to me is the film's biggest letdown. The meek and largely submissive Paan Singh suddenly becomes a dreaded outlaw and we are asked to take that as a given.

And despite this major gap in the writing, Paan Singh Tomar is commendable and recommended watch because of the issue it tries to address. If there is one thing about sports in our nation that needs dire attention, it is the condition of and apathy towards our non-cricketing sportspeople.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lots of fights and gun shots.
  • Language: A Hindi dialect. Lots of profanity.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Scenes between husband and wife making out.
  • Concept: That of the injustice system in the country towards sports people.
  • General Look and Feel: Rugged.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 3.5
  • Story: 4
  • Lead Actors: 4
  • Character Artists: 3
  • Dialogues: 4
  • Screenplay: 3
  • Music Director:
  • Lyrics:

Paan Singh Tomar - Movie Details

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@Anuj not ANY rom-com buff! :D I like my share of "chick flicks" but 5 in 4 weeks is a bit much. It has to be a good rom-com. No running to the airport at the last minute business.

@Dattaprasad ha ha ha ha! :P


Hey Meetu,

saw the movie yesterday and then read the review. I liked Irrfan playing a sports person and a maniac like character, more inside than outside. The same sports / army touch even as a dacoit.

I doubt if there was any intention to portray him as a highly feared or famous dacoit. "The part where he becomes feared and successful as a dacoit is sorely missing." His task was revenge and the focus remained there? There after perhaps he was just another gang, who shot into the authorities sight due to the reason we know in the movie.

Ps: missed the first 10 mins of the move.



@Annkur I couldn't relate to the fear the journalist felt for example. That question mark of why the journalist was so scared or why people around Paan Singh revered him so much was left just like that for me. I agree, it might not have been the point of the film. But, it seemed to play a role in the background.

Also, he did kill people who didn't need revenge against. I think the beauty and the fearful factor of the film lies in the fact that we empathize with a dacoit whatever his achievements were.


@hindifilmlover oops!

@Anuj I know. I did like the film though. A little less than the rest, maybe, but liked it for sure. I'm not ALWAYS against the tide. You'll see with Kahaani :P
RE: Catching a moving train in nick of time. Ack! - haven't forgiven DDLJ for that. :(

Aditya Marathe:

Any pointers on the music in the movie - background score / songs?

Curious since you did not rate or mention them~


Also I think there is an error in your form...
I rated the movie as "Want to watch", but in the comment I see being published it says "Thumbs Up" :P


@Adeeb Yes! Irfan Khan did a brilliant job!

@Aditya The background score stays in the background and doesn't distract. It blends well with the milieu of the film. There are no 'songs' in the film. Not even the promo 'kero mama' song.
Apologies for the technical glitch in the rating form. We are looking into it and hope to fix it asap.

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