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Run Baby Run

Farhad Dalal
Farhad Dalal
2.5 Star popcorn reviewss


Onto the next release of the weekend and I finished watching the new Tamil film Run Baby Run which is now streaming on Hotstar. The only thing that seems to be working on various OTT platforms is the thriller genre. The OTT platforms are loaded with low risk thrillers just so that the genre has slowly started to become fatigued. When you can’t differentiate between any two films then it is an issue for me.

There was a time when there were some nail biting thrillers that did make its way to the OTT platforms. The beauty of these films was that they really had some solid writing to back the drama as opposed to pinning hopes on a handful of twists. The ability of the writing to create interesting situations with the right amount of world building and characterization before being assisted with the ‘said’ twists is what would formulate a good thriller. Run Baby Run, atleast from its title did seem to be promising and so I decided to give it a go! Does it manage to impress, lets find out.

Story & Screenplay

Run Baby Run follows the story of a bank employee being stuck in a rather precarious situation following a murder. What happens next? The story here is decently thrilling but I really did wish that some amount of time was spent in the introduction of the character and world building before getting to the point. The screenplay standing at just above 2 hours does make for a brisk watch but at no point was I fully invested despite a couple of good twists.

The drama does open with a suicide and this did seem as a lost opportunity to build on the drama as opposed to giving an impression of a random event. Soon, the drama does kick in with a series of interesting events although there is no ready explanation of why things are the way they stand. I did find myself partially invested in the drama by the time its first twist was introduced. The writers do create multiple thrilling moments which does make the drama watchable. The proceedings are fairly interesting including the entire road sequence featuring the protagonist. The twist at the halfway mark also did make for a good interval block but that is where the writing starts to get slightly generic in the second hour.

The writing needed to raise its bar in the second hour, something that would result in a daze of thrills. But the writing never really rises to the occasion, unfolding at the same wavelength as opposed to pushing the envelope. As a result, you are never fully invested in the drama and hence the guessing game just does not transpire. There are a few twists and turns as the mystery is led to its conclusion, but the final act is really below par. There should have been some amount of buildup with an attempt being made atleast of keeping a handful of characters under suspicion. But that doesn’t happen either resulting in a screenplay which is just about average from the writing point of view.

Dialogues, Music & Direction

The dialogues are generic and nothing much to discuss. The music and BGM are decent but a haunting theme needed to be integrated here. The cinematography is decent as well. Director Jiyen Krishnakumar does well to keep you mildly interested despite the wobbly writing but he does falter in the second hour wherein he does let go of the grip in the narration.


The performances are good despite no real depth given to any character. Isha Talwar and Smruthi Venkat are just wasted, both of them have no real scope here. Aishwarya Rajesh as Tara is fabulous to watch and she does a swell job. RJ Balaji as Sathya does a good job too despite his character being one-dimensional. And why was he a bank employee again? No real explanation provided in terms of its relevance to the screenplay.


Run Baby Run is a decent thriller marred by a below par final act that makes it just an above average watch at best. Available on Hotstar.

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