Running Shaadi Movie Review

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Running Shaadi Movie Review

 

Running Shaadi is an upcoming Indian romantic comedy film produced by Shoojit Sircar and Crouching Tiger Motion Pictures about the unique concept of helping people run away with the love of their life to get married. It was named RunningShaadi.com but later it was changed to Running Shaadi. The unlikely duo of a conscientious Bihari and a Sardarji geek stand up and create a platform providing “High Take Social Service“ to Indian couples who want to spend their lives with their soul mates. The film is scheduled to release on 17 February 2017. The film is certified 12A by British censors on 14 Feb 2017 with an approved running time of 114 min 20 sec.

The Shoojit Sircar production stars Amit Sadh , Taapsee Pannu and Arsh Bajwa .it will be released to an audience of over 1,100 screens with music from an assembled list of performers.

A 23-year-old Ram Bharose and his teenaged whiz-kid Sardar befriend Sarabjeet Sidhaana A.K.A. ‘Cyberjeet’ and strike upon an ingenious brainwave of starting a website that helps young couples in Amritsar elope and get married. The website is called ‘runningshaadi.com’ and it offers a comprehensive array of services to facilitate runaway weddings. The website becomes an instant hit with young, love-struck couples facing pressure from their parents and the site becomes a rage in small town Amritsar. While they are successful in getting many couples together, the underlying story of Runningshaadi.com lends itself to an unexpected twist. What happens with the site, along with the absurdities of making couples elope, is the catch of the film that lends an humorous joy ride.

“Running Shaadi” Movie Cast & Crew:

Director: Amit Roy
Produced by: Shoojit Sircar, Crouching Tiger Motion Pictures
Written by: Navjot Gulati & Amit Roy
Starring: Amit Sadh, Taapsee Pannu
Music by: Anupam Roy, Abhishek-Akshay & Zeb
Production company: Rising Sun Films
Language: Hindi

“Running Shaadi” Movie Story Line:

Running Shaadi clearly has some very strange ideas about love and modernity. And stranger still when it comes to modern-day Patna, though at least that lends itself to the film’s few moments of genuine humour.

As yet another film centred around the great Indian wedding, Nimmi (Taapsee Pannu, in an accent that will make any self-respecting Punjabi cringe) is the daughter of a bridal-wear store owner in Amritsar. Bharose (Amit Sadh, genuine if nothing else) is a Bihari employee at the shop. At first, Amit Roy, a cinematographer making a directing debut, appears to have a kernel of an idea about budding love between a Sikh girl and a Bihari boy in a set-up that perhaps encourages little, if any interaction between two such people.

However, that idea is quickly ditched, as is the suggestion of a class difference, before Bharose and Net junkie friend Cyber (Arsh Bajwa) move on to another a website, to help couples in distress, flee and get married. Again, on the face of it, perhaps not an idea to be taken lightly in a society obsessed with marriage and at least with the idea of love.

But don’t get your hopes up. Running Shaadi goes about the website idea earnestly, before taking another bizarre tour, to Patna. If it is to introduce us to some delightful characters who could belong in a Dibakar Banerjee, we are not complaining. But how can you have a gem of a setting such as a girl being told to sing in front of her prospective in-laws, “anything”, because “kalakaar ko freedom chahiye,” and then let it all go to waste?

The performances in the movie are great. Tapsee Pannu and Amit Sadh are great to look at and have the north Indian twang bang on, which helps you understand the story better. Arsh Bajwa, who plays Ram’s side kick in the movie (a Sardar tech junkie named Cyber) does a great job, too.

Running Shaadi has an interesting plot; it’s new and fresh but not entertaining throughout. The movie is fun for the first 30 – 45 minutes when we just get to know the characters and understand what’s going on. Post that the movie falls flat. There is nothing more to it once they make the website.

The movie was earlier supposed to be called runningshaadi.com which is also the name of the website, but due to legal reasons, they had to drop the .com from the name. Since this is was a last minute decision, the movie had many scenes where ‘.com’ was blurred and beeped, which makes it look shabby.

 

MovieMint.com Rating:  3/5

Reviewed by MovieMint Team

 

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