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Paan Singh Tomar may not be a mainstream film, but it has more potential than any of the big commercial films which have released so far this year. 

     Directed and written by Tigmanshu Dhulia, and produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Paan Singh Tomar is a balanced film, with just the right amount of comedy, tragedy and revenge. Paan Singh Tomar is a story of an athlete (Irrfan Khan) who represents India in the International Military Games and wins a gold medal in the steeplechase. Later, he is forced to give up athletics in order to look after his family and farm – which has been illegally taken over by one his relatives, Bhawar Singh. After a turn of events, Paan Singh leaves his family behind and there begins his life as a dacoit. He forms his own gang of dacoits and together they plan kidnappings, extortion, and murders. 

     Irrfan Khan who plays Paan Singh Tomar brings the right attitude to the role. There is sarcasm as well as confidence in the way he delivers. The audience will get to see a different side of Irrfan Khan in this film where he brilliantly portrays a subedaar, a son, a husband, an athlete, and finally a fugitive dacoit who is feared by many. Mahie Gill who plays his wife also delivers flawlessly. The dialect and the language in the dialogues comes out quite effortlessly, and it almost seems like the actors have been speaking the dialect for years. 

     The cinematography is very well done and truly captures the essence of a place like Chambal with deep ravines, cliffs, and rivers. The music by Abhishek Ray is subtle and at no point does it overpower the performances, or the plot. The track “Kero Mama” which has been powerfully rendered by Agnee’s vocalist Mohan, is definitely something to look forward to. 

     The direction, acting, script, music and cinematography is what binds the film together, and it is a perfect example of the fact that Bollywood is truly capable of making meaningful and hard-hitting films. It does not take bare bodies, item songs and cheesy comedy to make a successful film. What it takes is a good script, and acting skills that set the bar high. 

FILM-O-METER RATING: 4.5 OUT OF 5

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     What could be more exciting for a Bollywood buff than having the razzle dazzle of IIFA come to their own city. IIFA awards ceremony is going to be held this weekend, Saturday June 25, in Toronto, Canada. All the glamour will packed in the biggest stadium in Toronto called the Rogers Centre. This is the time when I start loving my job more than ever! Being an RJ means getting certain cool opportunities that one might not get otherwise. So, I’ll be attending some amazing events for the next two days and of course I’ll be writing about them too.

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     Stanley Ka Dabba will surely take you down memory lane. Times when you had the best dabba during lunchtime, or the times when you forgot your dabba, and had to eat from your friend’s boxes. It’s a beautiful story, filled with meaning and memories. It shows the great bond that students have with their teachers, peers and other people around them.

     Stanley (Partho) is a boy who is smart, intelligent, but goes to school everyday without a lunchbox. Mr. Varma (Amole Gupte) a teacher in Stanley’s school does not like the fact that Stanley does not bring his own lunchbox and then shares food with the other boys in the class. Mr. Varma is a teacher who likes to feast on the food brought by other children in the school, because he never brings a lunchbox himself to school. The students then decide to trick their teacher and eat in different places everyday so that they won’t get caught.

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     Going in, I didn’t think Shor in the City would be a captivating movie because quite frankly, Tusshar Kapoor is just not one of the actors from the “promising actors” league. But, what a shocker of a movie. The directors of this film, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K are an award winning team of directors with their first film being Flavors in 2004. The story of Shor in the City revolves around three main people. Tilak (Tusshar Kapoor) who re-publishes books illegally along with two of his partners in crime – Mandook (Pitobash Tripathy) and Ramesh (Nikhil Dwivedi) to sell them on traffic signals. The second angle of the storyline looks at Abhay, (Sendhil Ramamurthy) an NRI who leaves his past, and returns to India to start a small business and lastly, Sawan (Sundeep Kishan), who is a young, aspiring cricketer struggling to get an entry into the Indian cricket team.

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