Running Shaadi

‘Running Shaadi’ is a romantic-comedy starring Taapsee Pannu, Amit Sadh, Arsh Bajwa and others. The film has been directed by Amit Roy.

Ram Bharose (Amit Sadh) is a Bihari migrant who works at a garment shop in Punjab’s Amritsar. He secretly loves the daughter of the shop’s owner Nimrat Kaur aka Nimmi (Taapsee), who is an open-minded and feisty girl. Nimmi also shares a great friendship with Bharose and is comfortable discussing ‘private’ stuff like condoms, premarital sex and also tells him that she might need an abortion. However, she doesn’t realise her true feelings for him. One day after an argument with his employer, he is fired from his job. Meanwhile, since Nimmi is in love with someone else, he agrees to a proposal sent by an uncle back in Patna. Jobless Bharose strikes upon an idea when he comes across a couple who is reproached by their families for eloping. He decides to start a website that will help couples to elope and get married, and with his geek friend Cyberjeet (Arsh Bajwa) and Nimmi and financer, sets up the new venture. When Nimmi’s father finds out about her abortion, he decides to get her married off immediately. Nimmi approaches Bharose to help her elope with her boyfriend Shanty, but she actually has something else in mind. What follows is laughter riot coupled with romance, drama and some action.  

Unfortunately, ‘Running Shaadi’ had to drop ‘.com’ from its title, and everywhere in the movie at the last moment after a popular matrimonial site filed a case objection to it. Thus, the repeated bleeps at the mention of the term becomes an irritant during the movie-watching experience. Also, the film was in the making for over three years and so has a dated feel to it and is reminiscent of films like ‘Jab We Met’, ‘Band Baajaa Baaraat’ and ‘Happy Bhaag Jayegi’. Besides, there are also more loopholes, and despite being a few minutes less than two hours, the film feels a bit stretched towards the end.

However, after all the action and serious dramas in the recent past, the light-hearted and fun-filled film is refreshing to watch. And the lead actors Taapsee, Amit and Arsh hold the film together, and they ensure that the audience stay glued to their seats with their earnest performance. Taapsee and Amit’s characterization are also realistic and connect with the viewers, and Arsh’s acts evokes laughter. Supporting actors also play their parts. Also, the film has been shot on actual locations of Punjab, Himachal, Bihar, which gives a realistic feel.

The plot may seem predictable, ‘Running Shaadi’ is entertaining and great movie sit back and unwind.