On his blog on the Big Adda, Amitabh Bachchan writes, "Saw an inspiring film Paan Singh Tomar directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and enacted by a whole cast of fresh and very talented players, led by that incredible performer Irrfan. Such restraint in direction and performance, but such an impression on the nature of the subject.”
Amitabh Bachchan continues, “A biopic true to life and detail. A wonderful tribute to the many unsung sports heroes of the nation, who contribute so much for the Motherland both within and and on international platforms, yet are left in penury to pass away, unnoticed, uncared for."
However, the film Paan Singh Tomar is based on the true story of runner named Paan Singh Tomar employed in the Army. He had won seven gold medals at the Indian National Games, but he was forced to become notorious bandit. Many Indian film critics have already heaped Tigmanshu Dhulia and Irrfan Khan with praises for their attempt to make this epic.
Amitabh Bachchan is one among those people who have sung praise for them. Big B adds, "The tribute to the unsung hero, lists various prominent sportsmen who brought glory on international platforms for the country, but died penniless. Some even having to sell off their gold medal to survive. Such a moving tale."