Review: Budhia Singh – Born To Run

Budhia Singh - Born to Run

Budhia Singh – Born to Run

Genre: Sports, Drama
Duration: 111 minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 02-AUG-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5 (Worth A Visit at least once)

A biopic about Budhia Singh, the world’s youngest marathon runner whose story garnered controversy and inspiration around the world.

Overall Review:
Budhia Singh – Born To Run is another sports biopic directed by debutant Soumendra Padhi. The film depicts the real-life story of the wonder boy who didn’t have a word called ‘STOP’ in his dictionary & was brought to light by his coach played by National Award winner Manoj Bajpayee. Budhia Singh made history when he ran a breathtaking marathon from Bhubaneswar to Puri, covering 65 km in seven hours. He was five years old then. His name was listed in the Limca book of records and he was termed as the world’s youngest marathon runner in the year 2006. Film hinges on two emotional bonds: the relationship between Manoj Bajpayee and his 5-year-old genius find Budhia. The other is between Biranchi and his wife Gita. The sports drama hints at mysterious forces behind Biranchi Das’s murder in 2008 and goes along with the conspiracy theory that mere gangsters could not have ended the coach’s ambitions. Film also probes the multiple social and emotional strands with dramatic highs and treacherous lows. Bajpayee holds the plot together. This may not be a perfect film but it is an honest attempt from the makers of inspirational biopics that includes ‘Mary Kom’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and ‘Manjhi – The Mountain Man’. Born To Run fits the bill of an average sports biopic.

Performance & Technical Review:
Bajpayee is solid and holds the plot together. He gets some solid support from known and unknown actors. Shruti Marathe is equally effective as his wife Gita. Debutant Mayur Patole, the child actor who plays Budhia lends authenticity to the character by virtue of being a real, believable face. Padhi’s screenplay, however, devotes insufficient footage to the character of Budhia’s widowed mother Sukanti (Tillotama Shome). Background score holds good. Remote village of Orissa is well captured by cinematographer Manoj Kumar Khatoi. Technically film is good.

PDF Verdict:
At the speed of 111 minutes, Budhia Singh – Born To Run, which has won the National Film Award for Best Children’s film this year, is indeed a Duronto Express (quick without too many haults). Debutant writer-director Soumendra Padhi’s Budhia Singh – Born to Run does not give us any dull moments but still fits the bill of an average sports biopic. Give it a try.

Ratings: 3.25 on 5 (Worth A Visit at least once)
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3.25 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5

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