A Shoojit Sircar production does come with a certain amount of expectations, but ‘Running Shaadi’ doesn’t seem to have found acceptance with the critics. The film has received average reviews, which isn’t good news for film that dependent on word-of-mouth to find acceptance amongst audience.
Running Shaadi Review by Bollywood Hungama
After having started his career as a DoP, Amit Roy makes his debut as a director with RUNNING SHAADI. Because RUNNING SHAADI happens to be his debut film, Amit Roy struggles in many places as a director, which can be seen in the film. Despite the film having a unique storyline, the direction could have been much better. Amit Roy tries his best to establish the film’s premise and characters in the film’s first half, but the proceedings are dull and slow. Additionally, the film’s first half is loaded with way too many clichés, zero humour and also no romantic tension or drama between Amit Sadh and Tapsee Pannu. It is the second half of the film which scores better. The film starts picking up and gaining its pace in the second half, more towards the pre-climax. Amidst all this, there are a few interesting moments as well in the film. These moments include when Amit Sadh’s would-be-bride sings a ‘modern song’, scenes featuring Amit Sadh’s uncle and the treatment meted out to the couple named Milky-Shonku in the film’s first half.
Running Shaadi Review by Shalini Langer on Indian Express
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.
Running Shaadi Review by Reza Noorani on The Times Of India
The real fun part though are that supporting cast. Be it Cyber with his subdued, subtle role as a nerdy side kick, or Bharose’s English spouting Bihari uncle played by Brijendra Kala or his to-be brother-in-law and his family or the many couples who the trio help elope — they are all hilarious. The story is funny and irreverent and the performances up to the mark. The music never gets in the way of the story and the length, at 1 hour 55 minutes is just right. While the constant beeping out of the .com at the end of the title is a tad irritating, you can let that slide considering the film was stuck in limbo for three years.
Running Shaadi Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
The second half of the film gets bogged down by an influx of an army of actors with distinct traits. Led by Sinha Jee (Pankaj Jha), these actors talk in many dialects including Maithili, Bhojpuri and chaste Hindi. As parts of a well-knit Bihari society, they churn out some intriguing moments, but fail to do it seamlessly. Director Amit Roy may have unnecessarily stretched the film to 114 minutes. Running Shaadi has its moments, but they are too few to keep you engrossed.
Review by Aarti Iyengar on Bollywood Life
It’s a classic boy loves girl, girl loves boy phenomenon but they have external perils. Initially we get to see Nimmi’s badass side. Taapsee’s performance as a Punjabi belle with this snarky personality is really good. On the other hand, Amit as the humble and shy Bharosa hailing from Patna will make you fall for him! He’s such a sweetheart to Taapsee’s character that you’d definitely want a man like him in your life. If you notice, the balance between Amit and Taapsee’s characters have been done really well by the writers. Director Amit Roy who marks his debut, does a good job as he captures some really good moments from Bhatinda to Patna. Also, the comic timings will definitely crack you up!
Review by Subhash K Jha on Zeenews
Running Shaadi has its share of flaws. The beeped-out ‘com’ from Running Shaadi is an irksome speed breaker. Also, the effort to keep the goings-on constantly brisk-paced gets exhausting at some point in the narrative. I am really not sure when. It all happens so swiftly and happily and fluently. This is a rom.com with a dot between the ‘rom’ and ‘com’ reminding us that the traditional romantic comedy has come a long way. And dot’s the whole truth.
Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
What keeps you invested in the film are the principal players. Their chemistry and camaraderie is worth soaking in. Director Amit Roy has also done a standout job for showcasing the middle-class milieu of Punjab and Bihar. The narrow lanes that dot the small towns are shown with warts and all. But it’s disappointing that the story couldn’t sustain the momentum and the promise that it showed initially. It’s also annoying to see characters bleep out the word ‘.com’ in their dialogues due to a lawsuit against the title, which was RunningShaadi.com at first.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Amit Sadh is committed to his Bihari and Punjabi accents but does little to alter the fate of this film. Tapsee Pannu delivers a feisty Nimmi and is a pleasure to watch. If only the film was centered around her character, this could’ve been a more tolerable watch. Arsh Bajwa is unobjectionable as a sidekick and doesn’t contribute or take away from any scene. Given that the broad definition of ‘consensual marriage’ in our country is parents from both sides backing the alliance, this one had potential for a crackling comedy. But it fails to capitalise on the quirks as it is too consumed by the basic premise and dives right into the pitfalls.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Running Shaadi, let down by blotchy writing, is a pointless crawl. It meanders around in search of momentum and direction. It finds neither. Many of the early scenes have been filmed with Amritsar’s Golden Temple complex in the backdrop perhaps in the fond hope of divine intervention. But even that might not have sufficed to drag this film out of its steadfastly somnolent ways. Come to think of it, Running Shaadi has actually seen more action off the screen than its scriptwriters (Navjot Gulati and Amit Roy) have been able to put on it.
Review by Devarsi Ghosh on India Today
Debutant director Amit Roy, who has previously been a cinematographer for Ram Gopal Varma’s very uniquely-shot movies such as the Sarkar films, Nishabd and Rann, has the potential to make a great second film. Running Shaadi on paper seems trite, but it is consistently engaging because newer and wilder plot developments get thrown at you (Roy is also the writer) and you cannot help but continue to run with its characters to find out what eventually becomes of them.
Review by Sameeksha on News18
Overall, despite few hiccups, the entire good vibe and vibrant nature of Running Shaadi makes it a worthy watch this weekend. Just go for this easy-breezy film and come out with a smile or a plan of elopement during a wedding.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Taapsee character is better defined then that of Bharose and the director fails to cash on the underdog, immigrant, Love commando points that the plot has already offered and sacrifices itself to be just a routine rom com that fails to engage throughout and is poor in music as well. Going by the plot and theme RUNNING SHAADI could have been a humourous take on the wedding and love scenes in India and the expose of the dangers of social media and pros and cons of marriage portals but it ends up as a waste opportunity.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
As for the film itself, the concept of a website that helps couples to elope is quite quirky and director Amit Roy has inserted the necessary amount of humour to make this film an enjoyable watch. The characters and their problems are quite realistic and relatable, even if there is an element of silliness at times (like the one case where the girl wanting to elope, demands a sangeet ceremony!) However, like all films, Running Shaadi too falters a bit in the second half. The constant beeping out of the .com at the end of the title is a tad irritating and kills the impact of the dialogues.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
Undoubtedly, the actors are the strongest pillars of the film. To begin with, Taapsee Pannu absolutely steals the show. No one else could have played this role with such ease as her. No doubt, off late she has been a picky actress but her script sense has been strikingly correct, be it ‘Pink’ or ‘Baby’. Her soft corner for Bharose despite being in love with Shunty is adorable to watch. Amit Sadh is funny and spontaneous as a wastrel lover. Arsh Bajwa will leave you in splits as a geeky, food-obessed surd. Other character artists set in Patna, Bihar are good as well, be it Amit’s brother-in-law or the beautician who does make-up for Bharose’s would be wife Neha.
Running Shaadi Review by Indiaglitz
Amit Sadh is good in his part and slides easily into the skin of his character. Taapsee Pannu looks cute and does her part with grace. The pair works fine in the comical scenes, but does not create any ripples in the romantic ones. Arsh Bajwa is highly cute and would had loved to see more of him in the film. Brijendra Kale and all others lend good support. On an overall basis,’RunningShaadi.com’ is like a jog trot, which works in its sweet and mild manner. The movie has its share of entertaining and engaging scenes, but falls short of these scenes in order to maintain the proper decorum of the film.
Review by Savera R Someshwar on Rediff
Only if the script was better. Only if the film maintained the promise of its beginning. Only if situations weren’t conveniently and easily resolved. Only if the director understood the potential of the story he had on his hands.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Thankfully the very obvious ploy of having people with weird names marry each other keeps you smiling because the hero and the heroine are so boring. When a runaway bride is called ‘Milky’, the ‘Bhaag Milky’ track is a great funny thing to hear! So is the wedding song in Patna: You are my East/ You are my West/ Then why are you taking my test!
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