The miracle of ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ at the box office
The box office collections jumped to Rs 4.5 crore on the opening weekend thanks to word of mouth
It was a film that its producers UTV had no faith in. Even though Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Paan Singh Tomar, starring India’s best actor Irrfan, had won plaudits internationally, including sold out screenings at the London Film Festival, UTV dragged their feet on the film’s release. They kept postponing it until perhaps swayed by the critical, if not commercial, reception accorded to Dhulia’s Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, they decided to take the plunge and release the film. The release was at best a low-key affair. Almost nothing was spent on marketing and publicity and the film went out on a scant 300 screens, an aberration these days where thousands are the norm. Paan Singh Tomar was up against Fox’s London Paris New York, an aggressively marketed and positively reviewed film in the relatively safe rom-com genre as opposed to a biopic. Click here to read more
Paan Singh Tomar’s nephew files FIR against director Tigmanshu Dhulia
Alleging breach of promise, Balwant Singh, the nephew of dacoit Paan Singh Tomar, has lodged an FIR against Bollywood director Tigmanshu Dhulia who has made a film on his life, police said Tuesday. In a complaint lodged with the Madhavganj police station in Gwalior, Balwant Singh said the director had promised him Rs 40 lakh for details about his uncle’s transition from an athlete to a dacoit. Balwant Singh said that the director visited his house at Guda village in 2010, asking for details about Paan Singh. “The film crew moved around with me for nearly four months in Chambal researching for the film,” he claimed. Madhavganj SHO Rajeev Jhanjlee said that an investigation has been launched to ascertain the facts.
Paan Singh Tomar, is scheduled to release Friday, March 2. Actor Irrfan Khan plays Paan Singh Tomar, who was a resident of Bhidausa village in Morena district. A subedar in the Indian Army, he won the steeplechase event at the National Games for seven years in a row. However, after the killing of two members of his family in a land dispute, he became a rebel who wrought havoc in the Chambal valley.Click here to read more