UTV spot boy's 'Paan Singh Tomar' (PST) has sprinted its way into the records books of Bollywood box office. The tiny 4.5 crore biopic of an athlete who turns into a dacoit, received critical acclaim from all quarters, and went on to win the medal worth Rs. 12 crores net at the domestic box office.. And it's still counting.
The aptly made and brilliantly acted film got the netizens and the citizens caught in the fever which after a slow start saw the swelling of crowds at theatres which never ended.
Speaking on the box office success, Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures, said, "Paan Singh Tomar has defied all market expectations and emerged a huge box office success. Great content, superb reviews, incredible word of mouth and a perfectly targeted distribution strategy has played a significant role in the film's success. In the second week of its run, we have gone wider with a release in the Gulf and in 20 additional Tier 2 and 3 cities in India. The success of PST vindicates our long held belief that audiences today are open to new styles of storytelling and new genres of cinema, as long as they are engaged and entertained. At UTV we have consistently kept the faith in new filmmakers and new genres and are thrilled today to see this cinema achieve the sort of commercial success nobody thought possible."
Director Tigmanshu Dulia said, "This story was with me for more than 10 years and now to see the same story materialize into a film opening to packed theaters fills me with immense pride. It is a fascinating tale and for the kind of efforts and research gone behind making this film, I am really grateful to each and everyone who has made this movie a huge success. As a director, it is very encouraging to see that the audiences are ready to consume films that redefine the general norms of filmmaking."
Commenting on the success of the film, actor Irrfan said, "PST was a quest and dream to redefine heroism, to redefine entertainment in Hindi cinema, and to be accepted. And the dream came true, it turned into reality. It is deeply gratifying that we could complete Paan Singh Tomars's race. It's a victory of the audience; it's a victory of the new Indian cinema."