Runway34 Movie Story
Runway34 is Ajay Devgn’s directorial debut and an aviation thriller which is split into two halves. The first focuses on Devgn’s Captain Vikrant Khanna, an airline pilot, and an episode that could have led to tragedy when he landed a flight in Thiruvananthapuram with zero visibility in poor weather. Bachchan enters the picture in the second half as Narayan Vedant, an investigator probing what caused this near-disaster.
Devgn plays Devgn, which is fair enough since he seems comfortable in the role of a pilot with swag in his bearing and a touch of arrogance in his self-confidence. Bachchan plays Bachchan.
Ajay Devgn and Amitabh Bachchan come together for Runway34 right after playing very different kind of roles in their recent films. While Devgn’s last two outings have been cameos in the hit Gangubai Kathiawadi and the blockbuster RRR, the latter played a football coach in Jhund, which did not get the cash registers ringing, but was a very important film.
Runway34, the Bollywood movie directed by Ajay Devgn, is inspired by true events, as the trailer of the movie says. Devgn plays Captain Vikrant Khanna in this film. He does not shy away from giving himself a starry entry. His Rayban-wearing, cigarette smoking gait gets enough screen time as the song “alpha man” plays in the background. He reads flight plans in seconds and can recite it by heart when questioned.
First Half is devoted entirely to Vikrant and his co-pilot, Tanya Albuquerque, in the cockpit and the minutes leading up to the landing are well-directed. The production design, the deft editing and the back and forth between the two primary characters keeps this portion of the narrative consistently engaging. Outside the cockpit though, Runway34 is marked by generic storytelling, casualness towards its own content and loose ends staring in the face of even a non-expert. The confrontations between Vikrant and Narayan are curiously unexciting, though they are, surprisingly, occasionally humorous, minus the bombast that might have found its way into more formulaic Bollywood fare.
The film is supposedly inspired by the 2015 heroic episode of a Doha to Kochi flight that had a narrow escape thanks to the heroics of the pilots who were at its helm. Although it is questionable whether the pilot “partied hard” the previous night like Vikrant Khanna does. In the film, the pilots are to land their plane in torrid weather in Kochi before they decide to land in Thiruvananthapuram that faces similar circumstances. A touch-and-go situation plays out saving the lives of all but one passenger. Khanna becomes a hero whose decisions soon invite the ire of authorities.
The trailer of Ajay Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan and Rakul Preet Singh starrer Runway 34 was launched recently. It showcases the thrilling ride of an aircraft suspended mid-air, more than 35,000 feet above the ground, with 150 passengers on board. The aircraft is flown by Ajay and Rakul’s characters with difficulties coming towards them as they cannot land their flight due to heavy rainfall and poor visibility. Captain Vikrant Khanna played by Ajay is a prodigal pilot, one who is too confident about his flying skills. However, a fateful incident changes it all.
One of the most interesting aspects of Runway 34 is the face-off between Ajay, who is put to trial for his erratic actions as the pilot. Big B will be putting him on the stand. In the trailer, Big B says, “Everyone can make a mistake. But accepting your mistakes reflects your character.”
Rakul Preet Singh plays Ajay’s co-pilot in Runway 34. She is one of the main characters in the movie who witnessed the entire incident first-hand and will be put on trial for her actions.
The real incident took place on August 18, 2015. A Jet Airways flight 9W 555 arrived from Doha, the Capital of Qatar, over Kochi at 5.45 am in the morning. It was a Boeing 737-800. The visibility was low for the aircraft’s landing due to the haze that came out of heavy rain during the previous night.
After holding on for almost half an hour, the pilot decided to divert the aircraft to Trivandrum. However, the visibility at Trivandrum was also less than what was required for the landing. The brave pilots declared “May Day” and managed to land the aircraft ‘blindly’ in the seventh attempt. If the pilots would have gone for another go-around, the plane would have crashed due to lack of fuel, the officials said. Therefore, the incident turned out to be one of the most serious safety incidents at any Indian airport.
Ajay Devgn who has also backed the film as a producer under his banner Ajay Devgn Ffilms, shared the video and wrote, “The truth is hidden 35,000 feet above the ground.”
Even though its runtime is about two hours and 28 minutes, it doesn’t feel that long, and is engaging in both thrill and drama departments in equal measures. Performances by Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani and Ajay are well-composed and on-point with their characters. The music interspersed with the story also lends itself well to the proceedings.
Runway34 Movie Cast
- Ajay Devgn as Captain Vikrant Khanna
- Amitabh Bachchan as Narayan Vedant
- Rakul Preet Singh as First Officer Tanya Albuquerque
- Boman Irani
- Angira Dhar as Radhika Roy, Vikrant’s lawyer
- Aakanksha Singh as Vikrant Khanna’s wife
- Ajey Nagar
Runway34 Movie Poster
Runway34 Movie Credits
- Directed by : Ajay Devgn
- Written by : Sandeed Kewlan : Aamil Keeyan Khan
- Produced by : Ajay Devgn
- Music by : Amar Mohile | Jasleen Royal
Runway34 Movie Review
Overall, the film doesn’t spend too much time taxiing on the runway; it takes off quickly and keeps you hooked till you disembark from the theatre’s aisles. The Times of India
Ajay Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan film crash-lands in a dreary court room
Ajay Devgn manages to deliver a somewhat effective pre interval portion despite its inelegant, underlined bits; but the film plummets as the curse of second half hits. The Indian Express
Ajay Devgn, the director makes a perfect landing in this visually immersive aviation drama The Hindustan Times For more details stay tuned with us
Runway34 Movie Releasing Date
29 April 2022
Runway34 Movie Short Description
Runway 34 is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language thriller film produced and directed by Ajay Devgn. The film stars Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani, Rakul Preet Singh, Angira Dhar and Aakanksha Singh.