Chandro Tomar (Sharp Shooter) Wiki, Age, Children, Family, Biography & More

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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 on Friday, 1 January 1932 (age 87 years; as in 2019) in Shamli, Uttar Pradesh. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn. She hails from a family with an agricultural background and was married at the age of 15. She resides at village Johri of the Bagpat District of Uttar Pradesh. Tomar never received a formal education. She took up shooting as her career when she was 65 years old. In 1999, her granddaughter, Shefali, wanted to learn shooting and decided to enroll 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 on to take part in many 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’s 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 played the roles of Chandro and Prakashi in the film. The film was declared tax-free in Delhi and Rajasthan.

Saand Ki Aankh film poster

Physical Appearance

Hair Colour: White

Eye Colour: Black

Chandro Tomar

Family, Caste & Husband

Chandro Tomar belongs to a Jat Family. [1]The BETTER INDIA Her brother was in the military. Her husband’s name is Bhor Singh. She has three sons and three daughters. All her daughters have learned shooting and have participated in shooting championships at the international level. 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 Woman Award

  • Devi Award

    Chandro Tomar receiving Devi Award from CM Adityanath Yogi

    Chandro Tomar receiving Devi Award from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

  • Shram Shakti Award

    Chandro Tomar receiving Shram Shakti Award

    Chandro Tomar receiving the Shram Shakti Award

  • 100 Women Achiever

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 a formal education, she is a quick learner when it comes to sharpshooting and learning basic English.
  • Initially, she feared going to the shooting range and used to practise late at night or during the early hours of the morning at her home.
  • Her name, work, and picture got published in the newspaper within 15 days of starting her shooting career.
  • Two weeks after Chandro’s work got published in the newspapers, her sister-in-law, Prakashi Tomar also followed her footsteps and started learning shooting.
  • Chandro defeated an army officer during her first championship from the North Zone. The match was held in Chandigarh. While sharing the details of the event, Chandro says,

    When they called him on stage, he told everyone he was disappointed to have lost to a woman who’d picked up a gun only recently.”

    Her grand-daughter, Shefali was also competing in the same match in the junior category, and they both won silver medals at the championship.

  • 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 attire. 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 practice by throwing stones at bottles filled with water in her backyard.
  • When asked in an interview whether people fear her, Chandro replied-

    Robbers no longer come to our village.”

  • In October 2019, Chandro, along with her sister-in-law, Prakashi Tomar, and the cast of the film “Saand Ki Aankh,” visited the sets of ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ to promote the film.

  • In October 2019, Chandro, along with her sister-in-law, Prakashi Tomar, visited the multiplex in Baraut, Uttar Pradesh to watch the first show of their film. There was a huge crowd at the theatre asking both to have selfies with them.
  • Chandro has travelled to Punjab, Haryana, and Bihar to set up shooting ranges for the people there.
  • Reportedly, there are boards near their houses with the name “Shooter Dadi” and a slogan, “Beti Bachao, Beti Khilao, Beti Padhaao.” written on it.
  • In October 2019, Chandro underwent a surgery and was recuperating from it at a hospital in Delhi.
  • Chandro told in an interview that her son-in-law was among her first supporters.
  • Chandro revealed during an interview that when she had visited the sets of “Bigg Boss 13,” she joked with Salman Khan if he was the same guy she had been watching on television all those years. However, the portion was edited by the Bigg Boss 13 team and Tomar was unhappy about it.

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