Paan Singh Tomar - External Reviews

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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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42 reviewers have given Paan Singh Tomar an average rating of 4.9/5.0 (?)

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Thumbs up by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...the film captures the barren, sun-scorched ravines of Chambal in a way that makes the khaki clad outlaws almost blend in with the landscape... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...RESPECT instead of Stars and Highly Recommended... full review

Thumbs up by Shalu Dhyani, Bolly Spice ...While the first half of the film is flawless, the second half unfortunately doesn’t manage to match up to it. The film gets a bit sluggish in the second half. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...The lone aspect that weighs the film downward is the fact that the narrative totters in the middle of the second hour, when the story doesn't really move frontward.... full review

Thumbs up by Soumya Sharma, BookmyShow ...the story is well-connected, all strung together in a bead-like formation... full review

Thumbs up by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town ...Despite all his ruthless ways, your heart goes out to PST and his gang of goons - for the simple fact that he is what our unjust society has made him. ... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...breaks rules and cries out loud that meaningful cinema can be equally entertaining like any rib-tickling masala film... full review

Thumbs up by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema ...Irrfan invests this character with so much of humanity that we as audiences knowingly stand by him even when he resorts to killing villagers to teach them a lesson. ... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...The movie brings into the spotlight the sad state of Indian sports and the apathy of the Indian government to its shining stars.... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...Paan Singh Tomar is a biopic in a hurry. Perfect for a generation that has short attention spans and gets bored easily... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...Though at 2hrs15min the film is quite long, it doesnt quite seem as the first half is crisp and breezes past. The second half gets a little long drawn but still manages to grip you for most of it.... full review

Thumbs up by Akansha Naval-Shetye, DNA ...It’s not the first time that director Tigmanshu Dhulia’s delving into the rustic terrains of the North, he did it with Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster too, and in this one, he takes us straight to the rugged ravines of the Chambal... full review

Thumbs up by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...Goondaism looks as glamorous and acceptable as athletics, only because of Irrfan’s spectacular performance. ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...Dhulia has made a very realistic and stirring film, without the trappings of commercial cinema... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare speaks the right things, shows the right facts and delivers a holistic catharsis of its protagonist.... full review

Thumbs up Free Press Journal ...This film plays straight, has a harsh tone and delivers its punches with a subtlety and grace that mimics that of its lead characters.... full review

Thumbs up by Nupur Barua, ...his relationships with the women in his life - mother, wife and daughter - are not explored in depth. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...Although the film slackens its pace a bit in the second half, the overall charm and aura is maintained. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, ...Irrfan does a fine job as ‘Pan Singh Tomar’. Check him in all those race scenes, he slips inside the body of an athlete so easily.... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Paan Singh Tomar has good intentions but not enough emotional heft. I wanted to feel more. But what Dhulia and Irrfan do give us is a fascinating character who was at once, complex and childlike. He makes it worth watching.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...'Paan Singh Tomar' is made with great attention to detail, and paints an honest, realistic picture of an India few of us can claim to know. ... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...If reports of a long and winding film being cut down on the editing table are true then the film suffers from this lack of an expansive perspective that usually takes germ at the writing stage. However, the nuanced writing, of character and events, remains compelling and absorbing throughout.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...I went into 'Paan Singh' with trepidation, given that Tigmanshu Dhulia has only disappointed with his last few outings, losing himself in the sheer me-too ordinariness of 'Shagird' and the faux badlands of Saheb Biwi aur Gangster’. But this film redeems him, and shows him to be the same man who made the superb ‘Haasil’.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, indiatimes ...There are hurdles, and hurdles. And some impossible to overcome.... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Business rating: 1/5... full review

Thumbs up by Arun Janardhan, Live Mint ...Khan is less than convincing as an athlete but as a wronged man, he is powerful, especially in the scene at the police station where he realizes that his service to the country means nothing in day-to-day dealings with the administration.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Mahie Gill as Tomar's wife and other characters have nothing much to do, but nobody's complaining as Irrfan's compelling performance makes it difficult to take eyes off him. ... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...the dialogues are in such a pure North Indian Chambal dialect that the urban audience might face difficulty in deciphering it at times, though we cannot really blame the director for it as the language does add to the authenticity of the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...No praise is enough Irrfan's rendition of Paan Singh Tomar. You'd think he'd be unconvincing as a young, 20-something athlete, but goodness, when he first walks up to his coy wife in his army uniform, you won't believe what he's pulled off here.... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...Music by Abhishek Ray is completely in sync with the region shown in the film. A very well researched work.... full review

Thumbs up by Jaykumar Shah, Planet Bollywood ...A special mention to the cinematography by Aseem Mishra - You can see the versatility when you compare his three movies – Once Upon A Time in Mumbai, New York and Paan Singh Tomar. Tigmanshu Dhulia’s acquaintance with the region is beautifully captured by Aseem. ... full review

Thumbs up by Aseem Chhabra, Rediff ...As the audience, we stand by Tomar despite some heinous crimes committed by him and his gang, just as in Kapur's film we supported Phoolan Devi's mad rampage against those who had wronged her. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...3.5/5... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The races are captured electrifyingly; you might have to stop yourself from clapping when the win happens. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, ...Sandeep Chowta's background music lends support to the movie. One does wish though that the movie was cut short especially the latter half.... full review

Thumbs up by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Had it not been for Irrfan Khan, this movie would’ve fallen flat on its face. The way he breathes life into a few pages of history and brings Paan Singh Tomar to life is commendable.... full review

Thumbs up by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...It's a gritty and difficult film to make given its moral ambivalence, and full points to the makers for even attempting to tell this story about a man who couldn't do anything else but run. And be on the run. ... full review

Thumbs up by Pratim D Gupta, The Telegraph ...The supporting cast — Vipin Sharma, Zakir Hussain, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajendra Gupta — fit their roles to the tee.... full review

Thumbs up by Avijit Ghosh, Times of India ...In a country obsessed with overpaid cricketers, a biopic on a former national champion athlete is reason enough to celebrate. But Dhulia's film is much more. It is one of superbly crafted film that underlines the linkage of life, sports and society. ... full review

Thumbs up by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...The technicalities go well with the film and here one has to again mention the attention paid to detail and the superb use of real locations... full review

Thumbs up by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...sprinkles just the right amount of winning moments and even the slower sequences have something to bite on.... full review

Thumbs up ZEENEWS.COM ...Mahie Gill as Tomar’s wife delivers a subtle yet beautiful performance. She is one actor who isn’t afraid of experimenting with roles so early in her career.... full review