Running Shaadi quick review: Tapsee, Amit Sadh's film falls prey to curse of the second half
Running Shaadi has an interesting plot, but your interest starts to wane halfway through the film.
Running Shaadi is one of those movies that you might want to give a try because of its actors.
The movie stars Tapsee Pannu and Amit Sadh who were last seen in Pink and Sultan respectively, and these two put on a great show. Ram (Amit Sadh) works in a textile shop in Punjab, whose owner is Nimmi's (Tapsee Pannu) father. It's a smooth playground till love hits; Ram and Nimmi fall in love while the latter is still in school. As she moves on to college and starts hanging with cooler friends who wears better clothes and speaks in English, love falls short. While Ram gets very annoyed with this, Nimmi tries to get the relationship back in track.
One night when Ram has had enough, he calls his relatives back in Bihar and fixes his wedding with a stranger. That night is whena million dollar idea of making a website that would help lovers elope and get married legally strikes him. They name it runningshaadi.com and this is the first 30 minutes of the movie.
From this point, for a very long time, we only see montages of them helping 20-odd couples elope and get married. Beyond that, we eventually lead up to the main plot point in the film: how Raj and Nimmi get their love mojo back.
The performances in the movie are great. Tapsee Pannu and Amit Sadh are great to look at and have the north Indian twang bang on, which helps you understand the story better. Arsh Bajwa, who plays Ram's side kick in the movie (a Sardar tech junkie named Cyber) does a great job, too.
Running Shaadi has an interesting plot; it's new and fresh but not entertaining throughout. The movie is fun for the first 30 - 45 minutes when we just get to know the characters and understand what's going on. Post that the movie falls flat. There is nothing more to it once they make the website.
The movie was earlier supposed to be called runningshaadi.com — which is also the name of the website, but due to legal reasons, they had to drop the .com from the name. Since this is was a last minute decision, the movie had many scenes where '.com' was blurred and beeped, which makes it look shabby.
Running Shaadi would be a great short story, or a short film. As a full length feature, it is entertaining only in parts.
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