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Posted: March 14, 2012 by prannayjha in Movie Reviews, Movies
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Overall Impression of the movie:

clip_image003Tigmanshu Dhulia has time and again proved that he is a master at narrating gripping tales. If you thought Sahib Biwi Aur Gulam was a flash in the pan, then you have to watch Paan Singh Tomar.You would agree that this is one of the finest biopics to come out in the history of cinema. This fact certainly augers well for our very own ‘tinsel town’ which finally appears to come of age. The movie had relatively zero buzz when it hit the 70 mm screen and this factor ultimately turns out to be a blessing in disguise. Without trying to be over the top or over preachy, Paan Singh Tomar manages to hold your attention from start to end with its clap inducing dialogues, unimaginable wit and tongue in cheek humour.

What’s it about:clip_image004

Pan Singh Tomar is a biopic on the life of an Indian athlete who was initially a member of Army and later went on to winning several national medals as an athlete. However due to land disputes and betrayal from the hands of his close ones; his life takes a U turn. What follows is a series of events that mould his transformation from an innocent army soldier to a ruthless dacoit seeking revenge.

What’s good:

clip_image005The way Tigmanshu builds up the plot is certainly a commendable effort. At the end of the film, we sympathise with the protagonist who served the nation but ultimately meets a sorry state. On various occasions, the director also manages to satirically take on the negligent attitude of government towards the sportsmen of our country (I am not talking about the cricketers here).The background score compliments the theme, the real life characterizations makes the screenplay vivid. Cinematography is effervescent. While the first half takes its own sweet time to emphasise on the growth of Paan Singh in the field, the second half gets a lot tenser with the dacoits and kidnapping coming into picture. Come to think of Irrfan Khan and you are lost for words. He certainly deserves an Oscar nomination for this. It’s amazing to analyse his career graph. With each passing film, he continues to surprise you and raise the bar. And after watching this film, I would certainly vouch for the fact that Paan Singh Tomar is his best performance till date. Another performance that deserves special mention is that of the journalist who takes Paan’s interview. He brings in the much needed humour quotient in the film through his lively expressions.

What’s bad:

Absolutely nothing. Some films are too heart touching to dissect and bring out flaws. Paan Singh Tomar is one such film. Period.

Me thinks:

All in all, this one is a must watch for one and all. You are missing a cinematic treat if you don’t catch it soon. It’s a small budget film but provides double the entertainment given by any star driven ‘hugely hyped’ films. This is one sincere and honest work that needs to be lauded and praised.



Watch out for the cheesy scenes between Irrfan and Mahie in the first hour of the movie. They are different, fresh and at the same time break you into a guffaw or two.



Edited By Prannay Jha



Posted: January 27, 2012 by prannayjha in Movie Reviews
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It’s raining remakes in Bollywood. Every other production house is jumping on the bandwagon and toying with the idea of a remake. This week, it’s Dharma Productions’ (known mostly for their candy floss mushy love stories) Agneepath that hits the theatres.

However, it won’t be long when the inevitable comparison with its original start coming up from all the corners of tinsel town. Will Agneepath rise up to the challenge? Or will it ultimately emerge a dead duck? Read on….


The story is about a boy named Vijay Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) who is bleeding from inside after the demise of his father and the only way to seek redemption is to take revenge from the antagonist kaancha (Sanjay Dutt).But the villain here is smart and stylish, at the same time as bald as a coot. He owns the village Maandwa where the villagers themselves may appear as cruel as creeping tigers.

Vijay’s childhood is spent in Mumbai playing with guns. He is the perfect right-hand man for Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor) — a loutish top dog who auctions off underage girls while running a drug empire. Though Vijay has an ulterior motive for this.


What follows is a series of interesting and jaw breaking sequences, some of them taking you completely off guard.

Hatred, despair, agony all rule the roost with every second character seeking for double –cross strategies. There is also the unnecessary romantic angle between Vijay and Kali (Priyanka Chopra), who stands by him under all circumstances. At the same time she is as calm as a millpond.

Piyush Mishra deserves all the Brownie points for the clap inducing dialogues-which forms the eccentric attraction of this loud and lengthy revenge saga .The production designs appear high on the hog. The cinematographer captures the not so visual scenery in reality pretty well.

The action scenes are raw and gritty, at the same time giving the film a rustic appeal. Despite the film having a near three hour running time, you hardly bat an eyelid. Akiv Ali needs special mention for that. The gyrating moves of our very own chameli are as delightful to the mind as cool well-water to thirsty lips

The music is a big let-down. Three songs appear from nowhere post interval and slacken the otherwise taut pace a bit. The post interval portions also have some emotional tear jerker scenes, but sadly they don’t appear convincing enough. The chemistry between Kaali and Vijay is clearly missing, and the director makes a pig’s ear of their romance.

Coming to the performances, it is hard to find any recent film where almost all the actors deliver bravura performances. Hrithik Roshan is top notch here.He is especially good in the emotional scenes, blazing his eyes like deep forest every now and then.Sanjay Dutt redefines the term villain.Whenever he appeared on the screen, a sudden sense of fear ran through my nerves like the chill of an icy wind. Priyanka Chopra is wasted. Rishi Kapoor is the cream of the crop here. He once again proves why he is considered a legend. This performance adds yet another feather to his cap.


Going back to the question I had put forward in the beginning, I believe Agneepath is certainly not flawless, but has what it takes to emerge a winner at box office. It has a mass appealing theme, and the director shows signs of an earnest effort in his debut. If not anything else, the performances will certainly ensure that you get full value for each and every penny!


RATING : 3.5/5

By Anubhav Shrivastava