In this fast changing scenario, when more and
more innovative themes are being attempted by
film-makers in Bollywood, you still come across
films that are stuck up in the 1980s' jaded
The Indian cinegoer has witnessed
parents/families opposing the young lovers in an
umpteen number of films before - from Q.S.Q.T.
to MAINE PYAR KIYA to D.D.L.J.
So, what's new in RUN? Nothing! It's old wine
packaged in a new bottle. Not only is the film
low on content, it's even low on entertainment!
Siddharth aka Siddhu [Abhishek Bachchan] comes
to Delhi for further studies. He spots the
beautiful Jhanavi [Bhoomika Chawla] and is
attracted to her instantaneously. Little does he
know that she carries with her an excess baggage
that threatens to take his life away.
This excess baggage is Jhanavi's demonic brother
Ganpat [Mahesh Manjrekar], who's overtly
possessive of his sister. For him, the hand that
dares to touch Jhanavi's heart just has to be
Ganpat leaves no stone unturned to make life
hell for Siddharth. Finally, Siddharth devises a
foolproof way to combat the devious Ganpat.
Remake of the Tamil hit RUN [Madhavan, Meera
Jasmine], the Hindi adaptation is only as
'fresh' in its concept as last month's newspaper
The problem with RUN is that the viewer can
actually predict what's going to happen next. To
look for anything novel in the film is akin to
finding a needle in a haystack. From the word
'go', director Jeeva relies on the same old
recipe to convey what he intends to.
The story hardly moves in the first half.
There's an overdose of songs [most of these are
'dream songs'!], which pop up every 10 minutes
without valid situations. Besides, there's a
comedy track - Vijay Raaz - which has no
relevance to the story of the film. Of course,
there's Mahesh Manjrekar, who is supposed to be
a goonda, but does nothing more than bash up
guys who keep making passes at his sister.
If the first half is bland [Abhishek confronting
Manjrekar's henchmen is the sole watchable
sequence in the first half], the post-interval
portions take the graph of the film completely
down. Mainly because, till almost halfway
through the second half, the story hardly moves
The lovers continue to meet, away from the
prying eyes of the overtly possessive brother.
And even the brother doesn't confront the guy
You expect things to pep up towards the
pre-climax, when the guy [Abhishek Bachchan] is
sacked from the college, a speeding truck knocks
down his sister [Ayesha Julka] and the
brother-in-law [Mukesh Rishi] is falsely planted
in a corruption case. That's when the narrative
gets slightly exciting.
But the climax is again archaic. Abhishek is
beaten black and blue by Manjrekar's cronies,
but he suddenly gets up and bashes up Manjrekar
in true filmi style. Thus, the
hand-to-hand fight between Abhishek and
Manjrekar fails to evoke any reactions from the
Ditto for the romance between Abhishek and
Bhumika. All through the first half, the girl
does not respond to his overtures, but when she
confesses her love in the second half, it's done
in such a fashion that your heart doesn't beat
for the lovers when they find themselves in a
Director Jeeva is just not able to get the
viewer hooked on to the proceedings because he
is saddled with an outdated story [N. Linguswamy].
Having an obsolete or mundane story is still
pardonable, but RUN doesn't even have any twist
in the tale or a stimulating screenplay. The
film also does not connect with the viewer
because it tends to get monotonous after a
point, more so towards the post-interval
From the script point of view, the film offers
no reason why Manjrekar opposes Abhishek
throughout. In fact, not once does Manjrekar
confront his sister even though he knows that
she has been meeting him secretly. Strange,
Himesh Reshammiya's music is tuneful and thanks
to some good promotion, you tend to hum the
songs when it plays on the big screen. But, as
mentioned earlier, the songs are not an integral
part of the story but are used as a commercial
ingredient since a love story is incomplete
without songs. It won't be wrong to state that a
few songs have been wasted in the film.
Cinematography [Jeeva] is better than his
direction. Action sequences [Peter Hain] are
well executed, but the sequences are so raw that
it might tend to put off the ladies and family
audiences. Dialogues [Kamal Pandey] are alright.
Abhishek Bachchan provides some engaging moments
thanks to his performance. He seems to be taking
a step forward with every film. Bhoomika Chawla
doesn't get much scope to display histrionics.
She run through her part mechanically. Mahesh
Manjrekar has a half-baked role, but he enacts
it like a seasoned performer. But if you expect
him to steal the show, like in KAANTE, you'll be
Cast in different roles, Ayesha Julka and Mukesh
Rishi are passable. Goga Kapoor is adequate.
Vijay Raaz tends to go overboard. In fact, the
digs against his parents [calling his father
Anjan Shrivastava a crow and what not!] is in
On the whole, RUN is too weak a fare to leave
any impact whatsoever.