Chardro Tomar (Sharp Shooter) Wiki, Age, Children, Family, Biography & More – StarBio




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Chandro Tomar is the Indian professional sharpshooter. She is referred to as the oldest sharpshooter in the world. She has won more than 30 national championships.

Wiki/Biography/Career

Chandro Tomar was born in the year 1932 (age 87 years; as in 2019). She belongs to the village Johri of the Bagpat District of Uttar Pradesh. She hails from a family with an agricultural background and was married at the age of 15. Tomar never received a formal education. She took up shooting as her career in the seventh decade of her life. It all happened when her granddaughter, Shefali, wanted to learn shooting and decided to enrol herself at the Johri Rifle Club. Shefali felt shy to go alone to an all-boys shooting club and asked Tomar to accompany her. One day when her granddaughter, Shefali, was not able to load the rifle, Tomar stepped in to help her and made a shot at the target. Her first short resulted in a bull’s eye hit. The club coach, Farooq Pathan, was surprised to see her skills and suggested her to join the club and receive proper training. On his advice, Chandro received extensive training for 2 years and went take part in the state level and national level shooting championships.

Chandro Tomar practising shooting

Chandro Tomar practising shooting

She won a silver medal in her first North Zone Championship. Since 1999, Tomar has competed in and won more than 30 national championships throughout India. She won a gold medal at the veteran shooting championship held in Chennai. In 2016, Chandro competed in her last event in Delhi and won a bronze medal. After 2016, Tomar continued coaching youngsters, addressing gatherings, and inaugurating various sports institutions.

Chandro Tomar guiding youngsters for rifle shooting

Chandro Tomar guiding youngsters for rifle shooting

Tomar has also featured in various TV shows including “Satyamev Jayate,” “India Got Talent,” and History TV’s “OMG! Ye Mera India.”

Chandro Tomar on the sets of India's Got Talent

Chandro Tomar on the sets of India’s Got Talent

In 2019, a film titled ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ based on the biography of Tomar and her sister-in-law, Prakashi Tomar, was made by Tushar Hiranandani. The Bollywood actresses Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar roped in to play the roles of Chandro and Prakashi.

Chandro Tomar with Taapsee Pannu

Chandro Tomar with Taapsee Pannu

Physical Appearance

Hair Colour: White

Eye Colour: Black

Chandro Tomar

Family, Caste & Husband

Chandro Tomar belongs to a Jat Family. Not much is known about her husband. She has three sons and three daughters. Tomar has 15 grandchildren. Her granddaughter, Shefali Tomar, is an international shooter. Her niece, Seema, is also a sharpshooter; who became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Rifle and Pistol World Cup in 2010. Chandro’s sister-in-law, Prakashi Tomar, is also a sharpshooter.

Chandro Tomar with her family members

Chandro Tomar with her family members

Chandro Tomar with her granddaughter

Chandro Tomar with her granddaughter

Chandro Tomar and Prakshi Tomar

Chandro Tomar and Prakashi Tomar

Awards

  • Senior Citizen – National Award
  • HT Woman 2017
    Chandro Tomar posing with HT Women Award

    Chandro Tomar posing with HT Women Award

  • Devi Award
    Chandro Tomar receiving Devi Award from CM Adityanath Yogi

    Chandro Tomar receiving Devi Award from CM Adityanath Yogi

  • Shram Shakti Award
    Chandro Tomar receiving Shram Shakti Award

    Chandro Tomar receiving Shram Shakti Award

Facts

  • Her hobby is doing yoga.
    Chandro tomar doing yoga

    Chandro Tomar doing yoga

  • She is fondly known as Shooter Dadi and Revolver Dadi.
  • Chandro lives in an extended family of 40 persons.
  • Although Tomar has never received formal education, she is a quick learner when it comes sharpshooting and learning basic English.
  • Initially, her husband neither supported nor opposed her passion for shooting but as she excelled in her field, her husband encouraged her as well as the other members of the family.
  • She owns a pistol worth £1,200.
    Chandro Tomar with her pistol

    Chandro Tomar with her pistol

  • Tomar shoots while wearing traditional village attires, with a saree. She covers her head in order to avoid the disturbance of the wind.
  • When the household chores stopped her from going to the shooting range, Chandro carried her practise by throwing stones at bottles filled with water in her back yard.
  • When asked in an interview whether people fear her, Chandro replied-

    Robbers no longer come to our village.”

  • Tomar entered into a competition after two years of training in which she defeated the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of the Delhi Police. When the DSP was asked to come for the presentation ceremony, he reportedly refused saying he’d been beaten by an old woman.

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