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  • Noted actor Irrfan Khan breathed his last on Wednesday in Mumbai.
  • He was suffering from a rare cancer.
  • Amongst his prized movies is Paan Singh Tomar, a defining flick for the Indian Sports.

Noted actor Irrfan Khan breathed his last on Wednesday in Mumbai, after a prolonged battle with rare cancer since it was diagnosed in 2018. He was 54. Khan was not only amongst the most sought-after actors in the Hindi film industry, but he also had the rare distinction of making a name for himself in Hollywood.

His passing away was met with shock and disbelief by Indian sports fraternity, including Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Chhetri.

One of the most outstanding movies of his illustrious career has to the 2012-flick Paan Singh Tomar. Khan’s portrayal of the title character made athlete-turned-bandit Tomar a household name 31 years after he was shot dead in an encounter by the police.

Irrfan is credited to bringing to life a man who was just another footnote in Indian sports until then.

Unsurprisingly, the performance went on to fetch Irrfan a national award and critical acclaim for the sheer ease with which he managed to essay the role of a “beehad ka baaghi.”

Tomar was a 7-time national champion in steeplechase. He even represented the country at the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games. However, after retiring in 1977, a family land dispute led him to pick up the gun in his native village Bhidosa in the Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh.

Among the many famous dialogues in the movie, the most iconic lines remain the ones when Tomar, his gaze fixated at a journalist interviewing him, says, “beehad mein baaghi hote hain, dacait milte hain Parliament mein.”

The most striking part about the film is that it doesn’t tell a story about an inspiring journey filled with obstacles like a ‘Dangal’, a ‘Chak de India’, or a ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’.

It was indeed a gut-wrenching tale of a man who had the potential to do so much more only for the circumstances as well as the apathetic administrative system that led him on the path of violence.



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