When Irrfan Khan Opened Up About Getting ‘Frustrated’ Over Film’s Release
When Irrfan Khan Opened Up About Getting ‘Frustrated’ Over Film’s Release(Pic Credit: Movie Still)

Today Irrfan Khan’s one of the most loved films Paan Singh Tomar clocks 10 years. Irrfan received rave reviews for his ground-breaking performance in Tigmanshu Dhulia directorial. For his performance, the late actor received a National Award and the film was bestowed with the Best Feature Film Award at the 60th edition of the ceremony. While the film was lauded by one and all, it wasn’t an instantaneous success and was declared an average hit at the box office.

On the 10th anniversary of its release, let’s walk down memory lane and tell you about the time when Irrfan had spilled the beans about getting frustrated while shooting for the film.

During Irrfan Khan’s interview in 2017, Irrfan had told Film Companion, “While shooting Paan Singh Tomar, I was getting hurt so many times you wouldn’t believe it. And without any rhyme or reason. I am just walking and I miss a step, and suddenly my back goes. I mean my back is not fragile. I have done so many things, and I am not weak from my back, or a tennis ball hits my eye while playing a simple game of cricket on set. I tore my ligament during the shoot… so many incidents happened. So that film was testing me in a different way completely.”

Further spilling more details, Irrfan Khan had said, “That was the film which exactly behaved as what happened to Paan Singh Tomar in his life. He was a national champion, but his name was not there at all when we started researching about him. Nobody knew him. Same thing happened with the movie, it was made and everybody who had seen it was loving it before it got released, but it was not getting released.”

“We got so frustrated that when after 8-9 months after the shoot, people used to ask me about the film, I used to say, ‘I forgot Paan Singh, don’t talk to me about it.’ And then the film finally came out with no publicity and that one poster at Lokhandwala where he is seen running with the money bag. Suddenly the film stood on its own merit,” Irrfan Khan added.

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