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Times of India
In an accident, Bhuumi (Himani Attri) loses her parents and her brother suffers a brain hemorrhage. The clot in his brain resurfaces after five years which can be fixed by a rather expensive surgery. Bhuumi participates in an under-16 marathon that can win her the money. Can she win for her family?
Run Bhuumi Champs Don' Cry has a heartfelt story but its execution is a disappointment. A bunch of novice actors run down the film's heartfelt intention with their gimmicky performances. Despite the naivety, it could have easily qualified as a solid sports drama. Afterall, a Chak De India, too was made with a bunch of newbies. But the story lacks the desired punch.
With an interesting backstory, Bhummi and his sports coach Sikander's (Mansoob Haider) lives get intertwined. For Sikander, life comes a full circle when he begins training Bhuumi for her big competition. His penance adds substance to this otherwise lacklustre narrative.
For the entire first hour, the film offers oodles of melodrama. It is only in second half that the focus shifts to the race and its preparation. The story blooms only in the last 20 minutes of the movie. An underdog champion, who wins against all odds, is always something worth rooting for and that is the only thing worth cheering for in this film.
However, the actors are disappointing. Himani doesn't have the demeanour of an athlete. Mansoor overplays his part and Bhagwan Tiwari is more comical than menacing.
This film has a noble cause at heart and while we are all for women empowerment and better involvement of the fairer sex in sports, Run Bhuumi is definitely not a step forward in that direction.
The feel-good climax might soften you but this predictable, banal affair fails to create an impact.