Irrfan Khan was shooting for Tigmanshu Dhulia"s Paan Singh Tomar in the jungles of Dholpur when he was left stunned on realising that dacoits had raided a village very near to their shooting locale. A unit source reveals, “Our whole crew had to face a harrowing time but were given complete protection during the shoot. After the incident the whole crew was given special coverage and especially Irrfan. The whole crew was scared and didn"t know how to react as they had seen dacoits only in the movie and none of them had seen them face to face."
Irrfan who is currently shooting in Roorkee, is intimated by the ravines of Chambal which he calls one of the most haunting place he"s seen. Irrfan recollects that these places are dangerous with their steep climbs and valleys but at the same time they are so beautiful.
The film is based on the real biopic of Pan Singh Tomar. Pan Singh Tomar hailed from a small town in Madhya Pradesh was a soldier and an athlete. He won the steeplechase in India's National Games for seven years in a row and his record stood unbeaten for 10 years. After retirement, Tomar went back to his home town and turned into a dacoit in the Chambal Valley after becoming a victim of social injustice. The protagonist's life that spans 1950 to 1980. Irrfan has trained himself in hurdle racing for the film. He will have different looks in the film. He grew a real thick moustache for his scenes in the army. Then we move to his sports scenes where he requires thinner facial hair. Then for his scenes as a villager, he'll have to be clean shaven and finally as a dacoit he'll sport a stubble all through.