Irrfan Khan wins National Award for best actor for Paan Singh Tomar bollywood movie
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Mahi Gill
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Producer: UTV Motion Pictures
Songs: Not much, not required. Use of local folk songs for the background, true poetic description.
Hall: The Great India Place, Noida
Release date: 2nd March’2012
Strength: Passionate characters, Hard hitting dialogues.
I didn’t expect much when I went to see the movie but the jam packed hall proved the worth right at the beginning. Paan Singh Tomar, an excellent movie and Irrfan Khan- definite for the National award. The movie is based on the true story of a runner who was employed at Indian Army and won the Gold medal at Indian National Games but was forced to become a baaghi … what a nightmare and what a story …
The starting of the movie provides the backdrop of Irrfan Khan/Baaghi giving his interview to a journalist and taking through the chronology of events in his past life. The naïve Paan Singh Tomar and his journey ending up as a baaghi is caricatured intrinsically. The movie is full of satire on the government, parliament and the police systems.The pace is fast and gripping and takes through the life of Paan Singh Tomar from his wedding, army induction , sports affiliation, medal winnings and turning a baaghi… what a life and what a character who has seen it all and been through the extreme highs and lows…
The movie doesn’t compromise on the wit and the message and delivers powerful one liners like “Beehad mein baaghi hote hain, dakait parliament mein milte hain”- I gasped and laughed out loud on this one :). The language is local and delivered absolutely by Khan and maintains an ease to be understood by the janta including me. The movie stays away from the abuses and makes it convenient for the entire family to sit together and watch.
Irrfan Khan is a natural actor who can do any scene with the required poise. He can make you laugh and at the same time depict the pathos of the character. He delivers the dialogues in the most eloquent manner and retains the essence and the required melodrama. The story is a full life circle of an innocent, passionate and honest man who believes in the judicial system and withholds it till the time he is betrayed by the same. The story is the life of you and me, of every man who has believed in the system and has been betrayed by it. The movie is a dedication to all unsung heroes of Indian sports who died penniless or died without a mention or died with extreme circumstances. The movie leaves with a deep thought and enough food for discussions and the most important ones in our minds. Paan Singh Tomar is a definite watch and Irrfan Khan gets a standing ovation.