Having said that, Running Shaadi is a fairly entertaining romantic comedy. While the screenplay pulls it down, the characters keep it going. Characters that are not the leads! Arsh Bajwa as Sarabjeet a.ka.a Cyberjeet who worships Bill Gates and Steve Jobs is extremely real and likeable. And the ever so dependable Bijendra Kala as Bharose’s uncle, Ujala, is a class act. It is a delight to see quirky characters from various regions of the country on screen, especially when they are kept so rooted. Neena Singh as Shanti Mami, Bharose’s aunt, is hilarious as she break-dances in a baaraat scene towards the climax.
Taapsee Pannu’s charm as an actress is palpable when she is on screen. Nimmi is not her best role, but she is still good. Her character refers to Bharose as ‘Little’, an English translation of the Hindi ‘Chotu’. Amit Sadh is dependable. Their roles do not need either of the actors to bring in their best, but they are earnest nonetheless.
In waiting for nearly three years for a release, Running Shaadi is a film that should have had an easier journey. It is light-hearted, and it is fun. You will probably find yourself laughing at quite a few points in the film. It could be considered a lost opportunity on director Amit Roy’s part, who could have used the premise to make a film that stands out. Nevertheless, it is decent enough a rom-com for a one-time watch.