Paan Singh Tomar – Desh ke liye faaltu bhagey kya?

‘Beehad me baagi hote hain, daaku milte hain parliament me’

– Paan Singh Tomar

It is said that our movies reflect our society. How true!

Paan Singh Tomar, seven-times steeplechase National Games winner, who brought laurels for this country, who brought medals for the Indian army, was forced to become a dreaded dacoit due to the apathy and negligence of the government. He takes up arms to protect himself and his family and honor. He finally died fighting bullets of Indian police on 1st Oct, 1981. A soldier who took up gun and bullets to fight enemies of this nation, to save this motherland, succumbed to the bullets of his own country’s police. In an unjust society, some crimes become a necessity. And that’s how Paan Singh Tomar’s real life story is: it makes a statement to all the youngsters of this country who love this country, who love the sports. What an irony that the nation winner remains anonymous throughout this sports career but kidnapping and murder brought him to the limelight.

If you love sports, you should know the reality of true state of sports in this country.

Indian cricketers are paid bountiful even if they lose the match. One big performance by a cricketer and we lap him like a hero and worship him like a god. And then there were those Olympians and gold medalists of this country who made us proud. But do we know that few of those sportspersons died penniless, with hardly any medical facility accessible to them, few sold even their medals to get some money, and some still live in abject poverty. And those several unsung heroes who never got their dues, who toiled hard in sun and soil. They never got any endorsements, or any media coverage or any page3 attention even at the peak of their careers. And once they retire from the sports or die, they are forgotten by the nation.

Like Paan Singh Tomar, these sportspersons wonder, Desh ke liye faaltu bhagey kya?

National Shame.

 What more shame could happen to Indian sports. Man who looted the money of Indian sports, who filled his own pockets, who brought so much of embarrassment to this country, is again at the helm of affairs in Indian Olympic association (IOA). Did I say Suresh Kalmadi? Huh. All such Paan Singh Tomars of Indian sports reminds us never to forget such shames of India.

 Watch this movie, not for the strong and gritty performance of Irfan Khan or for the tight script or for its hard-hitting dialogues or for its brilliant metaphor or for gripping tale but for the sheer love for Indian sports. It makes you move, it makes you think, it compels you. Tigmanshu Dhulia, the director, has made a very brave movie, very seldom seen in Indian cinemas. He has hit the bull’s eyes.

 This is the passionate and true story of not one sportsperson of this country. This movie is the story of all those unsung Indian sportspersons.

After the end of the movie, I could not help myself questioning: Are we truly a sports-loving nation then?

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20 Responses to Paan Singh Tomar – Desh ke liye faaltu bhagey kya?

  1. irfan khan again delivers his best awesome performance by a equally awesome actor……..gr8


  2. Saurabh Malhotra says:

    PST is indeed an awesome movie…Irrfan & Mahie Gill are brilliant actors. I think Irrfan deserves a national award for this movie…There is a dialogue in the movie when an older dacoit asks PST to surrender and he says that..” race ka ek niyam hota hai…haro ya jeeto..race khatam karni padti hai ” and eventually he fulfills the promise he made to himself…must watch!!


  3. jyotsna says:

    Impressed and inspired:-)


  4. Sapna says:

    Well said Suyash…


  5. Sekhar Vadari says:

    Your review of the movie is hard hitting, Truth is bitter always, like the medicinal pill which cures a disease. Truth and only truth I firmly believe has the power to free our society of all its malaise and ail. Please continue to enlighten us Suyash.


  6. Sadiq says:

    Na jaane aur kitne paan singh tomar honge is bheed me…
    Isi intezaar me ke kabhi duniya unhe pehchanegi…
    Shame on us and our system.


  7. Parameshwari says:

    Very good article…..Keep on writing


  8. Joy says:

    Honestly I feel this is a far better review then five others I just finished reading.
    I can’t help but notice the irony that how as a non commercial critic you could connect with the movie but TOI n other commercial sites still gets stuck at 3.5 stars. Something that makes me think that as a nation have we learned to Love itself ? forget sports , bravery n honesty ..

    Ps: we r not the only nation in the world that through its history had a skewed supply demand of essential resources but many nations have raised above their materialistic constraints .. come london Olympics we will c that again ..

    Bravo Chopu da on your review


  9. Ritesh says:

    Inspired… gotta watch this movie


  10. Fazil Abbas says:

    Nice nice…ab to movie dekhni padegi…

    Main bhi blogs likhta hu…but i think i should stop…learn from you and then start again…


  11. you are nowhere less than a professional film journalist…


  12. Joy says:

    Awesome Post


  13. Sudhanshu Shekhar says:

    U nailed it brother …. this article and also this moviw could not have come at a better time. I will watch this movie.

    The apathy of indian sports is best summed up by a hindi proverb:
    ” Padhoge likhoge banoge nawab, kheloge kudoge to hoge kharab”.

    Its high time we started recognising our heroes and also create a better environment for future heroes.

    Kalmadis and Gills will always be there to make money on somebody’s hardwork, but the challenge to excel despite them


  14. chandan says:

    Did not know that u wirte so good.U have forced me to watch this movie.


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