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Review: ‘Runway 34’: Gripping drama and strong performances make this film soar high



Series: ‘Runway 34’ (Showing in theatres)

Duration: 148 minutes

Director: Ajay Devgn

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Rakul Preet Singh, Abhinay Raj Singh, Boman Irani, Sharik Khan, Aakanksha Singh, Angira Dhar

IANS Rating: ****

Ajay Devgn’s ‘Runway 34’, is inspired by a real-life incident and strongly reminiscent of the 2016 released English film ‘Sully: Miracle on the Hudson’. Yet, it is distinct and proves to be a gripping drama pivoting around Captain Vikrant Khanna’s flight from Dubai to Cochin, one rainy night, and how the skilled and experienced pilot saves 150 lives, with his maturity and foresight, preventing an impending aviation disaster, landing in Trivandrum instead, with limited fuel.

An edge-of-the-seat drama, the film keeps you hooked right from the beginning. The flight scenes displaying the fear and anxiety of the petrified passengers are real and palpable. The external flight shots of the aircraft flying amidst thunder and rain are also beautifully executed and appear real. The final landing of the plane in severe turbulence is frighteningly credible.

While the passengers and media term him a hero, Captain Vikrant Khanna faces a strict inquiry for his decision of landing at Trivandrum instead of Bengaluru and even opting for Runway 34 instead of the recommended Runway 16.

The second half of the film with the entry of Amitabh Bachchan as Narayan Vedant, the Investigating Officer, is equally exciting, although it is more of a courtroom drama with the inquiry committee and the pilots being interrogated.

How Captain Vikrant Khanna manages to hold his own against Narayan Vedant, convincing him of his sharp memory and flying skills through a simulated flight, thereby justifying his actions and decisions, forms the crux of this aviation drama.

Ajay Devgan, as the dashing and accomplished Captain Vikrant Khanna essays his character with his characteristic restraint and minimal expressions. He emotes through his eyes, conveying myriad emotions. An astute pilot, who places his passengers’ safety before everything else, a family man but with a fun side to his personality, Ajay Devgn is every bit that pilot.

Amitabh Bachchan as Narayan Vedant expectedly takes centre stage with his flawless oratorical skills and charisma, and towers over everyone else in the inquiry scenes. As always, he is a treat to watch.

Rakul Preet Singh, as Co-pilot Tania Albuquerque delivers what is expected of her, given the limited scope of her character. The scene where she is frightened owing to the bad weather and thinks it is all over is a wee bit incongruous with the perception one has of a pilot.

Boman Irani as Mr Suri, the owner of the Skyline Aviation company, is credible.

The story is narrated in a linear manner, and is fairly straightforward with no element of intrigue or unexpected twists, although the drama quotient is fairly high.

Some parts of the film appear a tad rushed and unconvincing, especially the inquiry by the DGCA officials and the breath analyser tests.

The background music is effective especially in the scene when Captain Vikrant Khanna leaves the airport after the heroic feat.

Overall, ‘Runway 34’ is an interesting film which is a perfect combination of drama and good performances.


Shahid Kapoor & Kriti Sanon’s Romantic Film Gets Postponed, To Release In 2024




Makers of the upcoming untitled romantic drama film starring Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon on Tuesday announced the new release date of the film.

Taking to Instagram, production house Maddock Films shared a poster of the film and wrote, “Mark your calendars – Valentine Week!- Jio Studios and Dinesh Vijan present an untitled film starring Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon, set to release on February 9, 2024.”

Apart from Shahid and Kriti, the film also stars the legendary actor Dharmendra. Earlier the film was slated to hit the theatres in October 2023, then it was shifted to December 7. Now it’s set to release in Valentine’s Week, February 9, 2024.

Previously, the makers unveiled the first look of the actors, and undoubtedly Kriti and Shahid looked super hot together. In the image, Shahid and Kriti can be seen sitting on a bike and facing each other. Amidst a sunset backdrop, the actors can be seen in an intimate pose, garnering fans’ attention.

Dinesh Vijan, Jyoti Deshpande and Laxman Utekar have produced it. The film marks Shahid and Kriti’s first on-screen collaboration.

Meanwhile, Shahid was recently seen in the action thriller film ‘Bloody Daddy’. Helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film streamed on the OTT platform JioCinema.

Kriti, on the other hand, will be next seen in the action thriller film Ganapath – A Hero Is Born. Apart from Kriti, the film also stars Tiger Shroff and Amitabh Bachchan in the lead roles. Kriti will also be seen in The Crew alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan, Tabu and Diljit Dosanjh. ‘The Crew’ is all set to hit the theatres on March 22, 2024.

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Aamir Khan Announces Film Lahore 1947 With Sunny Deol, Calls Gadar 2 Star ‘Immensely Talented’




Actor Aamir Khan on Tuesday (October 3) announced his next production venture Lahore, 1947, starring Sunny Deol in the lead role. The film will be directed by Rajkumar Santoshi.

Aamir Khan’s production house shared an official statement to make the announcement on X (formerly known as Twitter).

The statement read, “I, and the entire team at AKP, are most excited and happy to announce our next, starring Sunny Deol, directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi, titled Lahore, 1947.”

“We look forward to collaborating with the immensely talented Sunny, and one of my favourite directors Raj Santoshi. The journey we have embarked on promises to be most enriching,” the statement further read.

Lahore, 1947 marks the maiden collaboration between Aamir Khan and Sunny Deol. However, the actors have previously worked with Rajkumar Santoshi on separate projects.

While Sunny Deol starred in blockbuster films like Ghayal, Ghatak and Damini, Aamir Khan worked with the filmmaker in cult comedy Andaz Apna Apna, which also starred Salman Khan.

Meanwhile, Sunny Deol is currently enjoying the success of Gadar 2 with Ameesha Patel. The film released on August 11 in theatres and it broke several records at the box office. The film has earned over Rs 526 crore.

On the other hand, Aamir Khan was last seen on the big screens opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan in Laal Singh Chaddha. The film failed to impress the audience.

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Mission Raniganj: Makers Of Akshay Kumar Starrer Unveil Powerful Poster Featuring Parineeti Chopra & Others




Mission Raniganj: The Great Bharat Rescue is one of the highly anticipated films. The makers recently launched an intriguing and spectacle-worthy trailer that features Akshay Kumar in the genre of unsung heroes. A few days ago, the trailer was unveiled and it left the audience impressed.

While the film is four days away from its grand release, the makers, Pooja Entertainment, launched a poster for the film that will evoke a sense of patriotism.

It features an ensemble cast that includes Parineeti Chopra, Kumud Mishra, Pavan Malhotra, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Rajesh Sharma, Virendra Saxena, Shishir Sharma, and the lead actor Akshay Kumar.

Mission Raniganj: The Great Bharat Rescue is based on the life of a real-life hero, Jaswant Singh Gill, who raced against time and rescued the miners trapped in the flooded coal mine in Raniganj in November 1989.

While the film is the last release of Akshay Kumar from this year’s film calendar, it also brings back Akshay Kumar in the character of Sardaar once again after four years. With the film, the makers aim to take the audiences on a thrilling ride through India’s Most Successful Coal Mission.

Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, and Ajay Kapoor, the film, is directed by Tinu Suresh Desai and it will hit theaters on October 6th, 2023.

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