Indian Movie Review Running Shaadi

02/17/2017

MUMBAI, Feb. 17: Fresh out of a job, Ram Bharose (Amit Sadh), his friend Cyber (Arsh Bajwa) and his ex-employer's daughter Nimmi (Taapsee Pannu) start a matrimony service to help couples elope. Will he find himself as a client some day??


 Growing up, we’ve all heard stories about couples eloping. While we don’t hear many elopment tales anymore, at least in big cities, it still is a phenomenon in smaller towns. Mix that with technology and you have Running Shaadi, where writer Navjot Gulati and director Amit Roy pen a tight little romcom.

And it’s not just about eloping. The egalitarian relationship that the leading pair develops is commendable yet believable. They talk about her menstrual cycle, discuss premarital sex, abortions and other ‘sensitive’ topics casually, like how most young people do. A headstrong girl and a wild child at heart, Nimmy is totally in on Bharose’s latest, risky business venture --- a matrimonial website that helps couples elope. Until the first half, the film convinces you about their absurd business concept. But it’s in the second half that the film really takes off and takes you along for a joyride. The twists, albeit expected, are entertaining and the comedy is very relevant; there’s always a chuckle around. The characters are believable and face realistic dilemmas in their lives.

The real fun parts, though, are that of the supporting cast. Be it Cyber with his subdued, subtle role as a nerdy sidekick, 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.

While there may not be much of a Shaadi, there's definitely a lot of fun running around that you may want to check out.(TOI)

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