Budhia Singh – Born to Run Movie Review | Critic Reviews

Budhia Singh Hindi Movie Review

Budhia Singh Hindi Movie Review

Total Reviews - 12
Average Rating - 6.6/10
Yes - 11
No - 0
Neutral - 1
Watchable? - 100%

Critic Reviews Budhia Singh - Born to Run

  • NDTV | Review By -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-7/10
Budhia Singh - Born to Run is by no means a perfect film, but it is an honest, heartfelt and highly effective tribute to a coach and his ward who were bafflingly stopped in their tracks. It does no superfluous huffing and puffing. It instead probes the multiple social and emotional strands, and the dramatic highs and treacherous lows, linked to the incredible true story of Budhia Singh. Overall, Budhia Singh - Born to Run is worth running all the way to the nearest multiplex for.
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  • News 18 | Review By -Rajeev Masand Rating-6/10
As is the case with most films based on true stories, there is a tendency to tinker with facts, to exaggerate details, and to portray any character not aligned with the protagonist’s interests as gnarly villains. I’m going with three out of five for Budhia Singh – Born to Run. It’s predictably told but heartfelt…and thought-provoking to boot. Not a bad way to spend two hours.
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  • Mid Day | Review By -Shaheen Parkar Rating-6/10
The film's release coincides with the Rio Games where Biranchi wanted Budhia to compete in. But, his dream remained unfulfilled. There are no star trappings, but the film leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling. So much so that you will want to overlook the flaws and just enjoy the experience.
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  • Hindustan Times | Review By -Rohit Vats Rating-8/10
Despite dramatic crests and troughs, Budhia Singh – Born To Run is true to the original story. At 111-minutes, Budhia Singh – Born To Run doesn’t give us any dull moments. It’s a fantastic relationship drama in the disguise of a tout thriller.
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  • Times Of India | Review By -Renuka Vyavahare Rating-8/10
Bajpayee leaves you spellbound with his brilliance once again. His angst, frustration and relentless struggle against the system until he is compelled to accept defeat leaves a void in your heart. He's ably supported by a moving performance from Mayur, who plays Budhia. Engrossing from start to finish, Soumendra Padhi deserves a standing ovation for bringing this rollercoaster journey of a child prodigy and his ambitious mentor to celluloid
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  • Bollywood Life | Review By -Snehal Rajani Rating-5/10
The film is no different from any Bollywood sports film. Although there are certain emotional, heartbreaking scenes, the film is clichéd. The film gets a little too melodramatic. The plot is very basic. It isn’t a perfect film. Budhia Singh-Born To Run is an emotional film that highlights the story of a young boy whose story has been long forgotten. It is a story that deserves to be told!
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  • Koimoi | Review By -Surabhi Redkar Rating-7/10
Formerly titled Duronto (having few stops), Budhia Singh – Born To Run is certainly worth a watch. It is moving, exciting and sad all rolled into one. If you don’t know Budhia Singh, you must watch this! The story of Odisha’s wonder boy and his coach Biranchi Das needs to be heard. As a sports drama or a biopic, this one hits the right nerve. A 3.5/5 for this film!
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  • Rediff | Review By -Sukanya Verma Rating-7/10
Budhia Singh: Born To Run is ultimately a children’s film, a National-Award winning one if you please, and dilutes much of its shrewdness to portray the bad guys more emphatically for its young viewer. While it doesn’t berate Das or his reckless methods, it doesn’t wholeheartedly endorse them either.
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  • Deccan Chronicle | Review By -Rohit Bhatnagar Rating-7/10
The movie’s director Soumendra Padhi has raised the bar of sports-based films in Bollywood, and how! The movie narrates beautifully the story of a five-year-old kid, and his journey to break records. Budhia Singh – Born to Run leaves you in awe of the journey of this unsung hero, and doesn’t disappoint.
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  • The Statesman | Review By -Prithviraj Dev Rating-6/10
While it may have been marketed as an inspirational film, it has some very typical elements which prevent it from truly taking flight. Overall, a fairly decent watch, and not just for the bachelors who love their sports, but a family entertainer, albeit of a different kind.
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  • Indian Express | Review By -Shubhra Gupta Rating-6/10
The lead performances are spot on. Bajpayee as Biranchi is stellar, playing him with just the right mixture of truculence and affection. And fittingly again, the real star of the movie is Budhia, played by Mayur Patole without an ounce of artifice: he runs with his entire being, with an eye on the finishing line.
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  • India Today | Review By -Suhani Singh Rating-6/10
It's when the film turns to the race itself - from Puri to Bhubaneshwar - which resulted in Budhia's collapse that the film loses direction and pace a bit. There is a slapdash attempt to absolve Das from wrongdoings. These are quibbles that, however, don't take away much from the film's sincere look at a career that rose far too early and plummeted too swiftly. You will leave the screening of Budhia Singh Born To Run with a sense of disillusionment.
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Manoj Bajpayee, Mayur Patole, Tillotama Shome, Shruti Marathe, Chhaya Kadam, Gopal Singh, Prasad Pandit, Gajraj Rao, Rajan Bhise, Pushkaraj Chirputkar, Sayalee Pathak
Soumendra Padhi
Soumendra Padhi
Soumendra Padhi
Soumendra Padhi
Manoj Kumar Khatoi
Ishaan Chhabra, Sidhant Mathur
produced by: 
Gajraj Rao, Shubhamitra Sen, Subrat Ray
Drama, Sports
run time: 
112 minutes
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Plot Synopsis (Contains SPOILERS)
Budhia Singh was sold at the age of 5 by his impoverished mother to a street hawker. Destined to lead a desperate existence as a beggar, Budhia is then rescued by a concerned local judo coach, who runs an orphanage for slum children.

Budhia's talent for running is accidentally discovered when Biranchi punishes the young boy for swearing at one of the Judo students. He asks Budhia to run in the judo compound till he doesn't tell him to stop. Biranchi comes back after five hours and he is shocked to see Budhia still running.

Biranchi embarks on a mission to turn Budhia into a running phenomenon. Within six months, Budhia has run twenty half marathons. Within a year, he has run 48 full Marathons. What makes this achievement even more remarkable is that Budhia is still only five years old. Biranchi's plans are becoming ever more ambitious. He decides to set Budhia an even greater challenge, one that will put him into the in the record books. He will run 70kms (42 miles) nonstop. If he succeeds, he will become the youngest endurance runner in the world, and there will be official observers ready to record his achievements.

With the world's eyes on them and an international storm brewing, the Indian government decides to intervene, accusing the coach of cruelty, and threatening to take his newly adopted son into care.

An opportunistic tug of war is played-out by adults over Budhia's control. He is caught in the crossfire of lawyers and politicians. But before any solutions regarding the fate of Budhia can be found, a shocking event takes place. Biranchi is murdered by a gangster. Who killed coach Biranchi Das? What precisely was their motive? What becomes of Budhia Singh, India's 'wonder boy', the world's youngest marathon runner? Is this the tale of an extraordinary talent or darker one of child exploitation?