Running Shaadi movie review: Taapsee Pannu film huffs and puffs to finishing line

Running Shaadi movie review: Despite a novel idea and a fresh pairing in Taapsee Pannu and Amit Sadh, this film fails to engage you.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Written by Shalini Langer | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2017 8:57 am
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Running Shaadi movie cast: Amit Sadh, Taapsee Pannu, Arsh Bajwa
Running Shaadi movie director: Amit Roy
Running Shaadi movie rating: 1 star

She is open to sex, drinking and buying condoms (an information the film sprinkles, for no reason at all). And yet when it comes to love, she would run away rather than tell her parents.

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.

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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.

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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?

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That leaves only one reason to watch Running Shaadi – to see how filmmakers dealt with being told at the last minute to drop dotcom from its title because a certain website complained. Everytime the original title figures in the film, the lips are blurred out. It’s unsettling. Roy couldn’t have sent out a stronger message, even if unintended.

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