12 Years Of Paan Singh Tomar: Irrfan Khan's Unforgettable Triumph

Irrfan Khan's groundbreaking performance in Paan Singh Tomar completed 12 years today - March 2. The film earned him the long-deserved National Award, marking a significant moment in his career. Earlier, during an interaction with Zoom, the actor, elated and grateful, shared the honour and reflected on the film's impact on people and industry.
12 Years Of Paan Singh Tomar: Irrfan Khan's Unforgettable Triumph

12 Years Of Paan Singh Tomar: Irrfan Khan's Unforgettable Triumph

Playing the outlawed athlete Paan Singh Tomar, Irrfan gave what most Irrfan-o-philes feel to be the best performance of his life. The nuances that he brought to the performance, and the graph that he created for the character from national pride to personal shame were exemplary in every sense. One of the most vividly etched biographical characters in the history of Indian cinema.
Irrfan Khan was elated by the belated National Award for Best Actor for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar. It was the first National award in the actor’s distinguished career.
Earlier, in an exclusive interview with Zoom, Irrfan said, “I thought I should have got it for Haasil which was my first film with Tigmanshu Dhulia. Then I thought I’d get it for Mira Nair’s The Namesake. So it has been a fairly lengthy time span of disappointments.”
Irrfan hosted a party along with two other National award winners Nikhil Advani and Shankar Mahadevan. When Tigmanshu couldn’t celebrate with Irrfan as he was shooting in Lucknow. Irrfan headed for Lucknow to party with his director.
Irrfan noticed an unusual public participation in the collective desire that he win. “I was amazed at how passionately people wanted me to get the National Award for Paan Singh Tomar. It was almost like a public campaign. Everyone took it personally. And somewhere when I got the honour they were relieved more than overjoyed. If I had not won it I think people would have seen it as another indication of the imminent collapse of the ‘system’.In my victory, they feel vindicated," Irrfan quipped
The versatile actor was happy to share the National Award for Best Actor with Vikram Gokhale. “In fact, the actress Usha Jadhav who won the National award for best actress messaged to say how honoured she was to be part of the awards with me. I feel the National Awards are important, as they still have credibility denied to many of the popular awards. Yes, I feel getting a National award is prestigious.”
Looking back Tigmanshu Dhulia said, “At a time when sportsperson conduct on the field and in privacy has come under a cloud I can’t tell you how happy I feel about the victory of Paan Singh Tomar. The film has become a benchmark that even I would find hard to equal. People would always compare all my films to Paan Singh Tomar. I knew Irrfan would win the National Award for the film. That the film has won the Best Feature Film is a very liberating triumph for me. I can’t begin to tell you what I had gone through to complete this film. I was the Line Producer. I had to put in my own money, and I did so happily. I was very confident I was making a film I believed in. There are so many other unsung sportspersons like Paan Singh. I want to make more films on their lives.”
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