After appearing in commerical masala movies like Thank You and Saat Khoon Maaf, Irrfan Khan returns to the offbeat genre. Paan Singh Tomar's first theatrical trailer is out for all to see. Irrfan Khan is playing the role of an athlete who becomes a dacoit.
The film is set to hit theatres only after doing the rounds of festival circuit. “We felt it needed to do the rounds of the festival circuit first and premiered it at the British Film Institute London Film Festival and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival to name a few. The reactions have been very encouraging,” says Shikha Kapur, senior vice president marketing, UTV Motion Pictures.
“We will not promote it as a sports movie on a forgotten hero, but as a real life drama of a a runner who became a rebel. We’re trying to identify a bandit or two to promote the film with Irrfan. We’ve initiated talks with a few and their families, but it’s still too early to reveal names,” says Shikha.
The film was shot in the Chambal Valley and the barracks of one of our oldest army cantonments in Roorkee. For a dramatic race sequence, 49-year-old Irrfan trained with steeplechase coaches and still broke his ankle during the shoot of the film that opens on March 2.
From a small town of Madhya Pradesh, Paan Singh Tomar joins the Bengal Engineers to escape poverty. He then becomes a runner and wins the steeplechase event at the Indian National Games for seven years in a row. He gives up running and his post as a subedar in the Army and goes on to become a baaghi who wreaks havoc in the Chambal Valley.
(With inputs from Roshmila Bhattacharya)