– REEMA CHHABDA
Due to a mix of rainy weather and overconfidence, Captain Vikrant Khanna (Ajay Devgn) is forced to land his plane in a life-threatening circumstance. Despite landing heroically and saving all of his passengers’ lives, an investigation is held after an AAIB senior counsellor believes he put everyone’s life in jeopardy.
With Runway 34’s linear storytelling, no scene comes as a complete shock or a foreshadowing of what is to follow. With Capt. Khanna partying and returning to transport hundreds of passengers the next evening, Ajay Devgn and his dialogue writers Sandeep Kewlani and Aamil Keeyan Khan ratchet up the film’s pace. The storyline is kept lively, exciting, and snappy thanks to Aseem Bajaj’s cinematography and Amar Mohile’s backing music.
Nonetheless, what appears on the screen appears to be interesting at first. The cinematography is excellent, and the adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. But, only the first half of the movie.
After that, we’ll move on to the second half. The bravery of Khanna and Albuquerque is being questioned in front of a jury. The courtroom drama unfolds in front of a four-member jury, which reacts with lively expressions to each new discovery. Maybe the actors were told to make the most of their time on screen. It’s ridiculously repetitious and devoid of seriousness.
The editing of Dharmendra Sharma does not always have the same impact as the other excellent technical components.
Ajay Devgn makes a dashing entry, but he doesn’t give anything exciting in the film that we can term outstanding. The character he plays appears to be a piece of cake for him, therefore we don’t see anything new in the film other than his style. However he aces his “know-it-all” attitude.
Amitabh Bachchan appears in the second half as Narayan Vedant, the CEO of AAIB, (Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau). Bachchan isn’t the first person to try to persuade a jury of someone’s wrongdoing. To the annoyance of others, he is towering, menacing, and capable of ennobling his role with excellent Hindi diction. The investigation proceedings would have felt longer if Bachchan hadn’t pulled it together with his acting.
Rakul Preet Singh plays Tanya Albuquerque, Devgn’s co-pilot, and she does a fantastic job. However, there are a few turbulent scenes in which she appears to be sad rather than terrified.
CarryMinati, a popular YouTuber, stars in the film as himself. His much-hyped Bollywood appearance proves to be a waste of time – he’s obnoxious and can’t act to save his life.
Apart from them, Boman Irani portrays the owner of the airline for which Khanna works. A jovial businessman who solely cares about his share price. He seemed to be at ease and having a good time. The airline’s representative is played by Angira Dhar, and Devgn’s wife is played by Aakanksha Singh. In their characters, they don’t have much to chew on.
Overall, the film attempts to keep you on the edge of your seat, but as the storyline goes, it loses its way.