Written and directed by Soumendra Padhi, this National Award winning sports drama is a tragic true tale of a 5-year-old boy and his heroic achievements. We are familiar with the story of Odisha's hidden horse Budhia Singh, who shot to fame in 2005-2006, baffled the media, the politicians and the world of athletics. He set out on a long trail of 70 km from Puri to Bhubaneshwar, before running numerous marathons under the guidance of his trainer. He soon became a sweetheart of the media and was a strong contender for Olympics 2016.
The movie is documentation of events that led up to a ban on him from running any long distance races as a result of the long struggle between his coach and the child welfare system of Odisha. A judo coach, Biranchi Das (Manoj Bajpai) is mesmerised by Budhia's(Mayur Patole) talent for running and starts giving him training. His obsession is so fierce with his training that he ignores his own family. He is shown to be a political activist of sorts who is an expert at maneuvering the political nitty gritties to his advantage.
Bajpayee's Das is energetic and passionate to the point that he almost seemed like the villain in the story but Soumendra wants us to believe in his unconditional love for Budhia and his humanitarian concern. Dealing with accusations of cruelty towards the child or believing in his humanity is the conflict presented as the director does not make a direct statement and leaves it upto you to read in between the lines. Bajpayee and Patole's chemistry is just brilliant.
Real life footages are used to hit the right chords, and ask the question did we fail Budhia? PT Usha talks about him and we begin to wonder did the government really act unfairly. We are given a very objective perspective as a viewer. Budhia Singh- Born To Run is actually a relationship drama disguised as a thriller.