Cast: Amit Sadh, Taapsee Pannu, Arsh Bajwa
Director: Amit Roy
Producers: Shoojit Sircar, Crouching Tiger Motion
Writer: Navjot Gulati, Amit Roy
What's Yay: Performances
What's Nay: The film has shades from previous Bollywood flicks
like Band Baaja Baraat and Jab We Met.
Popcorn Refill: Interval
The Iconic Moment: Running Shaadi has a couple of breezy moments
that leave you with a chuckle.
Bharose (Amit Sadh), a Bihari migrant in Amritsar
works in a bridal wear store and is secretly in love with the
owner's daughter Nimmi (Taapsee Pannu). The film opens with her
making a startling confession to him that she got hanky-panky with
a guy and now fears missing her monthly periods. Bharose being our
desi hero somehow manages to bail her out of the
Times passes by. Nimmi soon joins college and starts
ignoring Bharose as she feels embarrassed of their friendship.
Angered by her changed behaviour and post a tiff with her father,
Bharose quits his job and decides to move on by
giving his nod to marry a young girl in his hometown
While coming across a couple who are being beaten up by
their families for eloping, a jobless Bharose gets an idea of
coming up with a website that helps lovers elope. He and
his close friend Cyberjeet (Arsh Bajwa) start Running
Shaadi along with some financial help from Nimmi.
Things work smoothly until one day Nimmi turns to
seek help from Bharose to elope with Shanty, a guy she is
supposedly in love with. Will Bharose let go of his
Amit Roy churns some madcap fun surrounding the Great
Indian Wedding and seems to heavily borrowed from films like Band
Baja Baraat and Jab We Met. Thankfully, he has lent some depth to
his lead characters and that ensures a some-what smooth
The film starts with a bang and then whimpers until the
second half begins. Post interval, you get to see an interesting
mix of characters thrown in the plot with occasional comic
Taapsee Pannu exhibits the right amount of spunkiness
and lends a quirky touch to her role. She has her own moments of
shine. On the flip side, her heavily accented Punjabi make you miss
a dialogue or two.
Amit Sadh delivers a sincere performance and together
with Taapsee tugs your heartstrings in few scenes.
Arsh Bajwa is a total fun to watch. Brijendra Kala too
adds a humourous touch to the film.
Running Shaadi starts off as a novel concept of 'runaway
marriages' only to fall prey to a clichéd Bollywood love story.
Amit Roy and Navjyot Gulati's writing sparkles and entertains but
only in bits and pieces.
Every time the word '.com' is beeped from the dialogues,
it acts more like a party pooper and ruins the cinematic experience
as a distraction.
The cinematography works just fine but the film could
have been snipped by a few minutes.
The film scores low in the music department as none of
the songs seem to have a recall value.
Running Shaadi could have made for a good short film
instead. Stretching the runtime to 114 minutes doesn't serve the
purpose. Nevertheless, it still makes up a partly entertaining