Running Shaadi is carried through by capable leads Taapsee Pannu and Amit Sadh.
Running Shaadi movie review: In the long trail of modern day love movies, Running Shaadi is yet another hit and miss. Still, Taapsee Pannu and Amit Sadh make sure you don’t realise it well after the movie is over. The side characters provide ample support for the leads to shine. This is a good watch for couples who had to postpone their Valentine’s Day date till the weekend, proving audiences with a perfect blend of romance and humour.
Plot: Bharose (Amit) and Nimmi (Taapsee) start an agency for couples who want to elope. The film starts out in Punjab where Nimmi is the new age heroine – open to premarital sex and buying condoms. Bharose is a Bihari employee who just got fired from his job and in the middle of pulling off various shaadis, the two find themselves in love.
Verdict: The film 95% paisa vasool for the rom-com lover. Casual moviegoers should view with some caution.
Highs: Taapsee and Amit have done a good job of taking on their characters – their accents might seem a tad forced, but other than that their characterisation is pretty spot on. The film’s pacing is quite good, so despite the predictable ending, there aren’t too many dull moments. Kudos to director Amit Roy for not just giving the token nod to feminism and its ‘cutesy’ aspects (“we feminists, we drink; we feminists, we smoke”), but getting into the nitty gritty of it with sanitary napkins and abortions.
Lows: The second half of the film feels forced and the shift of the film’s setting to Patna comes out of nowhere. The leads’ romance could have been the centre of a more tumultuous debate of class, culture and gender values, but instead is glossed over for a more feel-good ending. The repeated censoring of “dot com” (due to the objection raised by a matrimonial site) is downright irritating.
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