Just like any other sports movie where the personality being focused is the underdog and moves along in a very predictable fashion, my eBorn To Rum Movie Reviewxpectations on Budhia Singh :Born to run was also on similar lines. But the National Award winning film proved me wrong in the sense that its not the usual sports film following a similar pattern. It has something more in the form of empathy for the poor little boy who went on to run 48 marathons something which is way beyond imagination for a five year old boy.
This film is worth a watch and is a biopic on India’s god gifted wonder boy who was listed as the World’s youngest marathon runner. Born in Orissa in a poor family, Budhia was sold by his mother due to extreme poverty. But he was brought back through the intervention of Judo coach Biranchi Das who took special interest in training Judo to orphaned kids.
Budhia Singh the film is the journey of Budhia Singh the little boy who from scratches went on to win fame and laurels for him and our country, thanks to Biranchi Das who spotted the talent in Budhia to run long distances at a very tender age of five.
The relationship between the coach and his disciple is portrayed in the narrative effectively and this is one of the major highlight of this movie. Though the boy was not aware of the significance of the outstanding performance he was delivering, the fight that Biranchi had to put up with child welfare ministry and with the law was a major factor that paved Budhia to set the records he was part of.
Major portions of the film cover the marathons that the little Budhia ran. Apart from that the screenplay also has in it the emotionally and sentimental scenes of the coach and his wife with the boy and other orphaned kids. And last but not the least the fight that Biranchi Das makes with the authorities and the media for making Budhia run such a long distance considering the tender age of the kid. All these have been presented in a format which is little bit different from the usual biopics.
Child labour is one hot topic of discussion in our country and one can question the motive of the coach in pushing the boy to a limit which is beyond his limits. The scene where the coach behaves when the boy ask for water in the middle of running seventy kilometres from Puri to Bhubaneswar was one moment that we will feel frustrated. But he has his own theories for these acts.
Mayur the little boy who portrayed Budhia was a wonderful selection on the part of the casting team. He was not acting and didn’t give a feel of that. So natural was the boy in front of the camera showing the strain and stress at times with exceptional performance.
One cannot also forget the contribution of seasoned actor Manoj Bajpayee as Biranchi Das. The emotional turmoil he was going through venting his frustration with the higher authorities was delivered with the required intensity. Towards the end when he visits the boy at the Sports Academy hostel was a touching scene that brought the best out of him as well as Mayur. I am not familiar with rest of the actors but should say the actress who did the role of Manoj’s wife was spot on with her acts.
Director Soumendra Padhi has a brilliantly made film to his credit. I read from media that the original Budhia who is fifteen or so now has lost his talent spending time at the academy. The end credits makes an appeal to support and bring him back who was once touted to be India’s medal winner for the Olympics for 2016. The film is worth a watch and if you are passionate about good and sincere films, then this is the one for you.