India is a vast country consisting of several religions, states and cultures. The history and even current affairs are so huge that on a national level, we are ignorant about more than ninety-five perfect of stuffs happening in other parts of our country. Even our filmmakers opt out for those topics which managed to grab the eyeballs at national level. Thankfully, in recent times we did witness several film makers venturing into the rural or local tales from various states. The recent one is ‘Budhia Singh – Born to Run’, which is inspired from a real life incidents which took place a decade ago in the state of Orissa. So let’s find out whether this movie will manage to showcase the valorouries tale of this five year kid who managed to make our country proud or might end up getting unnoticed due to ignorance and short term memory of our fellow countrymen.
‘Budhia Singh – Born to Run’ is a biographical story of a five year old street kid Budhia (MayurPatole) who is rescued by a Karate teacher Biranchi Das (ManojBajpayee). In order to teach Budhia some discipline, Biranchi Das punishes Badhiya by making him run in his yard. At that time Biranchi Das discovered the hidden talent inside Budhia that he can run nonstop without affecting his health. Biranchi decides to train Badhia, so that he can make him run a marathon and eventually participate in the Olympics. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
The story is based on the real-life happenings which took place in Orissa state in India. The incidents are narrated in a totally engaging manner. Every scene involving Mayur’s running is brilliant. Along with these scenes there are many scenes between ManojBajpayee and Mayur which keeps you glued to the silver screen. Scenes such as Manoj punishing Mayur followed by their bonding with each other, Mayur’s interaction with other kids followed by his training by Manoj, Mayur running thrilling seventy kilometers marathon, Mayur in hospital, Manoj breaking down in front of his wife ShrutiMarathe, etc are one of the best reasons to watch this movie. The movie flows smoothly without being preachy or boring at any point. On the flip side the pressurizing scenes of Manoj seemed bit forced. Also, the movie ends on a shocking note, leaving some questions unanswered. The cinematography is good and works in the favour of the film.
Music has very minimal scope in this film, yet ‘DaudDaud’ goes well with the flow of the film. The background music is superb.
Director SoumendraPadhi manages to extract fantastically realistic performance from Mayur and other kids. He captures the right amount of honesty in Mayur and ManojBajpayee’s eyes and body mannerism, due to which the movie connects with you at every level. He narrates the film in totally swift and engaging manner without going overboard at any point. It’s just that the mild negative streak of ManojBajpayee seemed forced and unrequired.
ManojBajpayee as always is fantastic in his work. You can see the spark in his eyes and can feel the pain in his heart. His bonding scenes with Mayur are fabulous. MayurPatole is outstanding and performs way beyond expectations. He makes the whole movie realistic and convincing. ShrutiMarathe, TillotamaShome, Gopal Singh, Gajraj Rao and ChhayaKadam lend good support.
So on an overall basis ‘Budhia Singh – Born to Run’ is hauntingly inspiring. It is a must watch for all those who love good realistic films and want to explore more about our wonderful country and the talent it possess.
Rating – 4/5