Release Date: 5 Aug 2016
Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Mayur Patole, Tillotama Shome, Shruti Marathe, Chhaya Kadam, Gopal Singh and Prasad Pandit
Directed by: Soumendra Padhi
Produced by: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures & Code Red Films
Story: Soumendra Pathi
Music by: Sidhant Mathur & Ishaan Chhabra
Duration: 1 hr 52 min
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sports
Censor Rating: U
About Movie Budhia Singh: Born To Run
Based on a wonder boy Budhia Singh, the movie titled Budhia Singh: Born To Run revolves around a boy who ran 48 marathons at a tender age of 5. The movie has Manoj Bajpayee playing the coach (Biranchi Das) of Budhia, portrayed on-screen by Mayur Patole. Previously titled ‘Duranto’, the flick got its title changed later on and was successful in winning the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film in 2016. Budhia Singh: Born To Run explores the relationship between the coach and his five-year-old genius Budhia.
Budhia Singh: Born To Run is a biopic made on the world’s youngest maratahon runner named Budhia Singh (played on-screen by Mayur Patole). The flick tells the tale of this wonder kid who was recognized and brought to the spotlight by coach Biranchi Das (played on-screen by Manoj Bajpayee). The movie starts off against the backdrop of divine Puri, situated in Bhubaneshwar, where the 5-year-old Budhia Singh is sold off to a local merchant by his poor mother, for a mere Rs. 650. It is then, that the social entrepreneur Biranchi Das comes into the scene and rescues Budhia. He convinces his mother to allow Budhia to stay with him until she gets a job. Later, Budhia Singh gets on to discover Budhia’s ‘god-gifted’ talent to run for miles without getting tired and starts training him, eyeing a world record.
During his hardwork of training Budhia for a world record, the coach Biranchi Das starts overlooking his family. What follows is a series of allegations imposed by the Child Welfare Board’s Committee members, on Biranchi Das and Budhia Singh. What happens to Budhia Singh and his career and would coach Biranchi Das be able to realize his dream of Budhia winning at Olympics, is what forms the crux of the movie.
The National Award winning actor, Manoj Bajpayee has managed to carry his character of Biranchi Das in an outstanding manner. He has shined in every scene and his portrayal of Budhia’s coach has actually provided a great deal of depth to the flick.
Playing the title of the movie is Mayur Patole, who’s been thoroughly convincing and also successful in stealing many hearts during different sequences.
Tillotama Shome in the role of Budhia’s mother has limited dialogues but has been successful in delivering a fabulous performance. Then there is Chhaya Kadam, who, in the role of the head of the Child Welfare Society, Odisha has done complete justice to her role.
Budhia Singh: Born To Run Music
Music album of Budhia Sngh: Born To Run opens with the Born To Run anthem which has been superbly sung by young talent Siddharth Mahadevan and Arhaan Khan. Penned by Prashant Ingole, the track is immensely motivational and features heart touching moments between Budhia and his coach.
“Sunapua Thu Daud Daud” is yet another motivational song, beautifully sung by the very talented Rituraj Mohanty.
Next is “Udi Jaa” which has the superb vocals by K. Mohan and blends well with the scene that is being displayed in the background.
“Bheed” is an emotional track which highlights the hassles faced by Budhia Singh in becoming a running sensation all over the world.
Last track in the movie is “Utkal Janani (Anthem)” which has a soothing effect to it and would remain in the minds of audience for a much longer duration of time.
Details of songs in the movie
1. “Born To Run(Anthem)”
Singer(s): Arhaan Khan & Siddharth Mahadevan
2. “Sunapua Thu Daud Daud”
Singer(s): Rituraj Mohanty
3. “Udi Jaa”
Singer(s): K. Mohan
Singer(s): Sidhant Mathur
5. “Utkal Janani(Anthem)”
Singer(s): Chintan Kalra, Aashna & Nanki
Manoj Bajpayee’s performance as Budhia’s coach in the film is simply outstanding. The first half of the movie is extremely interesting and the relationship between Budhia and his coach will keep you engaged throughout the flick. Mayur, the kid, has pulled off his dialogues really well.
The movie is just like any other Bollywood sports flick. It appears clichéd in certain scenes and gets a little too melodramatic towards the second half.
Although the story of Budhia Singh deserves to be told, the same hasn’t been showcased well in Budhia Singh: Born To Run. The movie has a very basic plot, and rides on the actors’ performances more than anything.
Budhia Singh: Born To Run Rating ***
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