And now we hear the film’s producers UTV and Dhulia are looking into turning the adventures and exploits of Paan Singh as athlete in the army to a bandit in the ravines into a graphic novel.
Says Dhulia, "I’ll be meeting the UTV guys in a few days. Only then can we discuss this. But yes, Paan Singh Tomar has grown way beyond anyone’s expectations. It opened moderately and has now grown from strength to strength. It’s now being screened in places like Dehra Doon, Haldwani, Bijnor, Bilaspur,Khargaon and in the interiors of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where there are no movie theaters."
Naturally Dhulia is elated. But he is also a little disheartened by the lack of recognition for his previous work Sahib Bibi Aur Gangster at the popular awards.
Says Dhulia, "The film had received huge critical acclaim. So the least I expected were the critics’ awards. But even those have gone to Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. What’s the point of having two separate categories of popular and critics’ awards when both are given to the same film?"