Irrfan Khan to play a dreaded dacoit of the Chambal Valley
Irrfan Khan will play Pan Singh Tomar in UTV's film by the same name to be directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia.
Our source informs: "Pan Singh Tomar was a soldier who, when he returned to his village after retirement, became a victim of social injustice. The only thing known about Pan Singh was that he was a dreaded dacoit of the Chambal Valley.
"Tigmanshu felt that it will be interesting to study and film Pan Singh Tomar's life. He is doing a thorough research on him. While Irrfan Khan has been finalised to play the protagonist, the rest of the star cast is yet to be decided. The film is to hit the floors sometime in October. Dhulia plans to complete it by December this year."
Irrfan Khan's spokesperson confirms the news and says, "Yes, Irrfan is playing Pan Singh Tomar and is very excited about the project."
Siddharth Roy Kapur of UTV too confirms: "Tigmanshu Dhulia is making Pan Singh Tomar
for UTV and Irrfan is playing the lead."
Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, August 28, 2008
Irrfan is meanwhile doing something completely different for Tigmanshu Dhulia's biopic titled "Pan Singh Tomar". He plays a long-distance gold-medalist in the film and the role has him huffing and puffing like never before.
"In fact, I pride myself for being quite fit. But playing a gold-medallist marathon runner isn't same thing. I've to get into better shape. And I've to look convincing as a long-distance runner,"said Irrfan, who has impressed critics and audiences in films like Life... in a Metro
and The Namesake
There are no half-measures for this method actor. So months before the shooting started, he began running long distances between shooting schedules.
"I enjoy working so much. But I need time for myself. And roles like this one for Tigmanshu's film where I play a real-life character require concentrated preparation. So I'm taking time off from August onwards."