Director: Amit Roy
Cast: Amit Sadh, Taapsee Pannu, Arsh Bajwa
Running Shaadi has its share of good moments as well as flaws. But, its direction is so spontaneous with constant dose of humor that you wouldn’t want to miss it. The romance between Taapsee Pannu and Amit Sadh is strongly relatable to today’s times and highly joyous.
So here it goes. Bharose aka Little (Amit Sadh) is in love with Nimmi (Taapsee Pannu) but she doesn’t take him so seriously. They are good friends and he works in her father’s shop. As time passes and Nimmi starts going to college, her feelings for Bharose grow stronger. Meanwhile, Bharose has started a website called Running Shaadi which helps couples to run away and marry against their parents’ will. What follows is the chaos that enters into the lives of Bharose and Nimmi’s love life and how their love is tested in these times.
The writing is quite fun with the humoristic screenplay always doing its trick. The ‘eye-contact’ love between these two love birds from the start, their fights and ways of insulting each other are lovely. The high point of the story is when Bharose and his friend Cyberjeet (Arsh Bajwa) launch a website. The movie is engaging and complete entertainer in those context.
The disappointment comes when the story takes a turn owing to the bold decision taken by Nimmi which changes the whole course of the narrative. It was out of the way and was really not needed. After that, the movie becomes too tiring to witness and is stretched with never ending running without actually getting somewhere. Their business of ‘Running Shaadi’ suddenly disappears from the film in the second half which shows the weak execution. The final act destroys the hardwork done by the writers in the early and mid-phase of the film.
Amit Roy needs to be appreciated for his amazing understanding of the direction. Even with so many loopholes in the script, he keeps the film interesting throughout. Bollywood comes with so many romantic movies every year but most of them never touch the threshold of content but Amit Roy keeps the romantic essence of the movie alive and that’s why ‘Running Shaadi’ should not be abandoned.
There is so much happening in the movie but the character traits of Bharose and Nimmi never change. They always stay true. The way they look at each other, it’s the eyes that do the talking in love, right? Nimmi constantly insulting Bharose yet caring for her, Bharose always ready to help her but never sharing his feeling for her, Cyberjeet enjoying and teasing Bharose on his situation, the fun during helping their clients elope is fully fun. The screenplay is amusing with Punjabi culture and their fast talks. Bharose’s friend Cyberjeet is a great chuckling character to have in the movie.
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Amit Roy makes the chemistry between Taapsee and Sadh wonderful. Moreover, the conversations are not filmy; they are modern and real. Mostly, it’s Nimmi who keeps insulting Bharose and they always have fights but these are the exact moments which make their romance worthwhile. Music is not the strongest support in the film but Roy uses it smartly and at right times. Roy could have reduced the run time of second half by cutting short the scenario in the final act.
It was a high time Amit Sadh needed to get the role he deserves. What a performance he has given as a person who loves his girl but is shy to tell her. That innocent face making while he talks to Nimmi, effective dialogue delivery, his fun with his friend while he ventures into the ‘Running Shaadi’ website and most importantly, how he truly cares for Nimmi are stunningly acted by Amit Sadh.
Taapsee Pannu is making huge statements with each film she is choosing. After Pink, this is another brilliant piece of acting display. Taapsee as Nimmi is not a typical girl; she is aggressive and mean with Bharose. She does that perfectly. Even when she expresses her love, it has some arrogance in it. An actor is known by the firmness of his/her dialogue delivery and Taapsee shines in it. Her romantic flourishing with Amit Sadh is beautiful and realistic. It’s these two leads who made this film.
Arsh Bajwa should be applauded for his funny contribution as Cyberjeet. He instills the humor with such ease and you just enjoy his presence. His friendship with Bharose and quarrels with Nimmi make the film highly entertaining.
Running Shaadi is a delightful romantic film. Its story has some glitches which disappoint but the movie is rich in effective humor and the chemistry between Amit Sadh and Taapsee Pannu is something you will love and cherish.