Budhia Singh – Born To Run Review by Bollywood Hungama
The film’s screenplay has been written by Soumendra Padhi, who also has doubled up as the film’s director. Soumendra Padhi has penned the story of BUDHIA SINGH – BORN TO RUN with utmost simplicity and as much realism possible. Even though the film is based on a real life story, Soumendra Padhi has ensured it never gets slow. Even though BUDHIA SINGH – BORN TO RUN is Soumendra Padhi’s debut film, his past experience in directing short films, documentaries and music videos has come very really handy while directing this film for the big screen. His storytelling ability through the medium of celluloid is crisp and impeccable. It’s a given that working with children is way different than working with grown-ups. The last time one saw such a spectacular performance from a kid was in TAARE ZAMEEN PAR. Full marks to Soumendra Padhi for having extracted a tremendously outstanding performance from Mayur Patole, the film’s protagonist. While Soumendra Padhi has managed to set the film’s pace with its first half, it’s the film’s second half that does miracles for the film. Do not miss the scenes of Budhia Singh’s dope tests and his interaction with coach Biranchi Das in the sports hostel.
Budhia Singh – Born To Run Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
The frenzy and enigma surrounding a small boy is conveyed with precision. The meticulously planned screenplay makes the audience a party to the story. More like a fly on the wall, the viewer keeps watching everything from an objective distance. Despite dramatic crests and troughs, Budhia Singh – Born To Run is true to the original story. At 111-minutes, Budhia Singh – Born To Run doesn’t give us any dull moments. It’s a fantastic relationship drama in the disguise of a tout thriller.
Budhia Singh – Born To Run Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Budhia Singh – Born to Run is by no means a perfect film, but it is an honest, heartfelt and highly effective tribute to a coach and his ward who were bafflingly stopped in their tracks. Mayur Patole, the child actor who plays Budhia with admirable felicity, lends authenticity to the character by virtue of being a real, believable face. The perfectly cast Mayur isn’t one of those chocolaty boys/girls that Mumbai directors turn to when they want to add a syrupy spin to their larger-than-life tales. Budhia Singh – Born to Run hinges on two emotional bonds. One is of course between Biranchi and Budhia, a father figure-gifted disciple relationship that weathers many storms.
Budhia Singh – Born To Run Review by Snehal Rajani on Bollywood Life
The film is no different from any Bollywood sports film. Although there are certain emotional, heartbreaking scenes, the film is clichéd. The film gets a little too melodramatic. The plot is very basic. It isn’t a perfect film. Budhia Singh-Born To Run is an emotional film that highlights the story of a young boy whose story has been long forgotten. It is a story that deserves to be told!
Review by Devarsi Ghosh on India Today
The film falters, somewhat, because of its length. As much as you go handheld, use Amit Trivedi, and try quasi-documentary, you won’t or can’t lose the instincts of an Indian filmmaker and the run-time reminds one of that. Padhi, after a point, is probably not sure about how to end the story. The boy has run the marathon, Padhi has sufficiently shown the ‘bad side’ of the hungama, he has milked the story to its fullest, now what? So he keeps throwing scenes of more and more problems for Budhia and Biranchi. That is another drawback of the film.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
The movie raises so many questions, it feels longer than the runtime of one hour and fifty minutes. But not in a bad way at all. In fact, Manoj Bajpayee is so good, you should watch the movie just for him. As parents you do the best for your kids, but where is the final line? Today Budhia Singh is being made to play cricket, sprint 100m at the government coaching facility. Will Coach Birinchi Das’s dream be un-fulfilled? Or has Budhia Singh really been rescued?
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
BUDHIA SINGH – BORN TO RUN is definitely a story that needs to be told, in real the sensation is still staying in the State’s sports hostel with the ban on his running still on. Soumendra Padhi’s gem of a soul stirring motivator rises above the formulaic sports dramas that keep your eyes wide open in excitement, enrichment and ends with a tragedy that makes you ‘run’ high in support of India’s running sensation who after 10 years in spite of a ban is waiting for a ‘Biranchi’ and still wants to run.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
The lead performances are spot on. Bajpayee as Biranchi is stellar, playing him with just the right mixture of truculence and affection. And fittingly again, the real star of the movie is Budhia, played by Mayur Patole without an ounce of artifice: he runs with his entire being, with an eye on the finishing line.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
Mayur Patole, it must be said, does mighty good capitalising on his roguish eyes and artless enthusiasm. After watching stars visibly deglamourize themselves to play famous sportspersons, his lack of technique is heart-warming. That supervising characteristic of Bajpayee’s Das extends itself to their equation as actors too. He treads the fine line between ambition and entitlement, father figure and guru in a dazzlingly sharp manner. At his best when playing people of tremendous spine and sharp tongue, the actor laces his performance in dynamic details.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Mayur Patole, who plays little Budhia, owns the film with his wide-eyed enthusiasm for running as and when ‘sir’ wants him to because he has been promised new running shoes and a red bicycle. Unlike other child artistes, who come across as precocious (or ‘oversmart’, as my high school teacher used to say), Mayur nails the role of an underdog with such raw expertise that one cannot help but be awed by the little one. The rest of the cast, including Shruti Marathe (who plays Biranchi’s wife), Tillotama Shome,Gajraj Rao and the various kids staying with Biranchi, has also done a great job. The film is software engineer-turned-director Soumendra Padhi’s directorial debut, but you could be forgiven for assuming that the film has been helmed by a veteran filmmaker. The pace is taut, the treatment is realistic, the performances are awesome and the plot is thankfully bereft of any ‘filmy-giri’ that some filmmakers are tempted to insert in their stories to make it more audience-friendly. Without a doubt, Budhia Singh-Born To Run is one of the finest biopics to have hit theatres and should be on your ‘must watch’ list this weekend.
Review by IANS on Zeenews
Minor quibbles apart, this is a film that must be seen by every Indian. Without getting preachy hysterical or self-important, it tells us where we are going wrong in nurturing young talent. It also tries to find the dividing line between altruism and self-interest when the little boy’s coach begins to overstep the call of duty. Extraordinary in ever sense, this is a story that had to be told. Just as every Budhia needs a Biranchi Das, every story of an unsung hero needs a filmmaker with a dispassionate vision.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
The only problem the film may face is the lack of a big name to pull the crowds to the theatres and is not exactly a mass movie. Thankfully, the opening show of the film had a good 20 per cent occupancy even on a rainy day, which could be a good sign. Even while the movie doesn’t have a Shah Rukh Khan or a Farhan Akhtar, it’s on par with a Chak De! India or a Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Budhiya Singh is a great film with its emotions in place.
Budhia Singh – Born To Run Review by Indiaglitz
The pressurizing scenes of Manoj seemed bit forced. One fails to understand the director’s point of forcing such scenes which had no relevance with the story of the film. It felt like they added it just to add some dramatic moments in the film. Also, the movie ends on a shocking note, leaving some questions unanswered. Tillotama Shome is wasted. ‘Budhia Singh – Born to Run’ is feel-good film worth a shot for everyone who appreciates realistic films. Its a strict no for all the masala film lovers. For others catch it fast before it runs away.
Review by Renuka Vyavahare on The Times Of India
This incredible film must be lauded for presenting a debatable topic in the most balanced fashion. It doesn’t take sides; however, it questions the society at large for making a joke out of a boy who deserved to dream big.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
The film raises pertinent questions about exploitation and the loss of childhood, while never offering any easy answers. Biranchi, who goes on to legally adopt Budhia, clearly cares for the kid. But Bajpayee’s nuanced performance doesn’t let you miss such details as Biranchi’s growing arrogance and defiance in the face of opposition, and his inability to recognize that the Olympic dream he is fighting for the boy to fulfill is his own, and not necessarily the kid’s.
Review by Shaheen Parkar on Mid-Day India
Manoj Bajpayee as Biranchi displays his histrionics as a man obsessed with making little Budhia a worldwide sensation and fighting government officials who feel he is exploiting the child for personal gains. Mayur Patole, who plays Budhia, keeps it so real that you feel it is Budhia himself on screen. The film’s release coincides with the Rio Games where Biranchi wanted Budhia to compete in. But, his dream remained unfulfilled. There are no star trappings, but the film leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling. So much so that you will want to overlook the flaws and just enjoy the experience.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Manoj Bajpayee brandishes his Biranchi Das as a manipulative opportunist and establishes a selfish streak in the otherwise doting coach. The actor channels his character’s internal conflicts and blends his charitable side with shades of grey. Mayur Patole convincingly captures the spirit of an athlete and Shruti Marathe contains her character, that of Das’ wife, who passively supports her husband’s ways, with decided restraint.
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