Cast: Irrfan Khan, Mahie Gill, Zakhir Hussain.
Director Tigmanshu Dhulia
Length: 2.15 hours approximately
A film which has an terrific written material cannot go wrong unless its given wrong hands of execution. Tigmanshu Dhulia’s latest film PAAN SINGH TOMAR’s script and execution both goes wheel within wheel. The film unfolds with a brisk speed and never turns down if not for few here and there’s post intermission. The biggest asset unarguably is the central performance and this makes the film one of those which has everything going within the right bar.
Speechless is the word to describe how first half moves because there are numerous moments which offers some good laughs and also enthralls. The race competitions are excellently shot because it brings the tension in mind of what will be the result! In-fact the race competitions add too much to the inspiring part. Wonderfully penned and fantastically directed, the first half is mostly flawless. The scenes mention worthy are the one between the journalist and the protagonist who is in his dacoit uniform.
Not surprising, but yes the second half wanders in the plot. Though there are some turns in the story, but the coherency is somewhat missing. The focus on the story shifts away too easily when it should’ve been with some conflict. Still despite of the misgivings, PAAN SINGH TOMAR catches the fire towards the end. In its finale, the film manages to push the envelope of message which director Tigmanshu Dhulia serves rightly.
The film has good background score which does enhances the intensity level, but its used too often and the efficiency decreases. The locations give us the required feeling and take us back in ancient. Its no doubt an tremendous work of script writers, but Tigmanshu also carefully sketches it on celluloid.
Irrfan Khan is heart of the film. He excels in every damn scene. Be it any! In his former period he is fun , soft hearted and innocent which he displays with sheer classiness where as when he turns a dacoit he shows his revenging part unmistakably. Mahie Gill has nothing in second half but she does well in those scenes with Irrfan Khan where they argue for silly reasons. Zakhir Hussain lands up in a surprise portion and he does his petty part with sincerity. Also the gang members of Paan Singh in the film give some laughs and also play their part genuinely well.
For any damn reason, PAAN SINGH TOMAR must not be missed. An excellent first half and an less than excellent second half makes PAAN SINGH TOMAR a treat. There could be a book written on the positives of the film, but for that you have to see this film. Thumbs Up!
Rating- 3.5/5 (Very Good)