Movie Review: Paan Singh Tomaar

This movie is a flashback of a famous dacoit giving an interview to a press reporter. Based on a true story, the dacoit recollects his days of being a world famous athlete (who held the national record in Steeple Chase – 3,200m hurdle race) and led a quiet, peaceful life which everybody dreams off.
Family dispute over ancestral property and indifference of the governmental agencies forced this person to become an outlaw and avenge himself.
Acting is superb. We can see the main actor graduate from being a naïve fresh army recruit to a dacoit with a large team who is audacious enough to cross 3 states in order to kidnap a politician on the eve of the elections. Paan Singh shows that life of an Dacoit is far from glamorous. One is separated from the family, law enforcement agencies are always chasing you, sleep on the floor, eat whatever one can gather from the forest, sleep on the floor. Money might be good, but even your kins and friends constantly conspire against you.
It also sends out a strong underlying message: 1/3 of the country is dominated by one Naxal or the other. These people are just like who and me. It’s just the bad governance that destroyed all their dreams, hopes of living a respectable family life.


The Great Divide

The British had a policy a policy which we decry and yet follow to this very day.
Divide and Rule a master-stroke of the British which has laid to ruins our country. We are a country of various religions, communities, people. But what are we really composed of. Groups of people who are ready to fly at each others throat at the slightest reason. And i am not talking about religions only. Communities, neighbors everyone is spoiling for a fight.
Thanks silverine for reminding us of our internal struggles as well. Who can ever forget operation Bluestar. Where there really militants in the Golden Temple ? Was there an arms cache?
The Indian government would have us believe so. The Sikhs involved in the Khalistan movement would have us believe there wasn’t any. Can we ever really find out what happened that fateful day? Would the coming out of the truth really make a difference ? I don’t think so. To both the questions in fact. For a really simple reason. A person who has made up his mind isn’t going to change because the truth will always be questioned. It will be questioned so much that it will no longer look like the truth, but a rumor a rumor will become the feeling of the people. Why because it is easier to believe what you feel rather than accept the truth.

We believe in what we are told. What we feel are the prejudices we are engraved with during our lifetime. What is right and what is wrong does not come naturally to a child. It is taught that by society. Even our prejudices come from there. Maybe not verbally but through actions of people round us.

I am rambling again :P.
There is a huge divide in our country itself which we haven’t been able to breach in the last century. Worse it is steadily growing. Our country is divided into states. Each state which is a country in itself if you look at it. We are always squabbling with each other. Over water, land and what not. There is a divide between the north and the south. The east and the west. All over India these divisions exist

Punjab – The Khalistan movement. Common knowledge says it has died out. I have never been to this lush green state. I don’t know whether the movement has completely died out in that state or whether it is still alive. If it has died out is it because of desperation or belief that it can lead to no good or because they believe in the Indian dream. But all this is really bull shit in my view. The patriotism of these people cannot and should not be questioned. They have proved themselves over and over again. They are a major part of our identity.
yet the Khalistan movement exists. If not in out country then definitely in the US and Canada. people here still hold the view that one day they will have their Khalistan.

North-East – The Naxalite movement – What started out as an ideal turned into violence and which has lost the congress most probably the state of West Bengal for ever. The naxalite movement started out in the hotbed of Bengal. Young people with an ideal in mind. With the belief they could change the country. Make it perfect. They had an idea of equality. Passions burned high and the movement which started out in the village of Naxalbari turned into bloody violence. The congress stopped the movement with a brutal hand ensuring that they never again rose to power. The naxalite movement has spread all over India now. Its not as powerful as in those days but is still there. Their greatest presence can now be seen in the North East which is sadly the most neglected area of our country. Someone somewhere must be wake up.

More later right now I have to work sorry