Budhia Singh, born next to a railway track, sold at the age of 4 by his impoverished mother to a street hawker. Destined to lead a desperate existence as a beggar, Budhia gets rescued by a concerned local judo coach, who runs an orphanage for slum children.
Budhia's talent for running is accidentally discovered when Biranchi punishes the young boy for swearing at one of the Judo students. He asks Budhia to run till he doesn’t tell him to stop. Five hours later, Biranchi comes back and is shocked to see Budhia still running.
Biranchi embarks on a passionate mission to turn Budhia into a running phenomenon. Within six months, Budhia has run 20 half marathons. Within a year he has run 48 full marathons. All, at the tender age of 5.
Budhia becomes the darling of the masses, an Indian icon, and is mobbed everywhere he goes.
Biranchi’s plans become ever more ambitious. He decides to set Budhia an even greater challenge, one that will put him into the record books. To run 70kms (42 miles), without stopping, without water. An attempt that could put Budhia’s life at risk. If he succeeds, he will become the youngest endurance runner in the world.
On race day, temperatures are expected to reach 50 degree Celsius. Not even elite Kenyan athletes run these distances in such temperatures.
With the world’s eyes on them and an international storm brewing, the Indian government decides to intervene, accusing the coach of cruelty, and threatening to take his newly adopted son into care.
An opportunistic tug-of-war is played-out over Budhia’s control. He is caught in the crossfire of lawyers and politicians.
But before any solutions regarding the fate of Budhia can be found, a shocking event takes place. Biranchi is murdered by a gangster, shot with three bullets at pointblank range in a slum ‘mafia’ killing.
As the investigation into the killing unfolds, many questions remain unanswered. Who killed coach Biranchi Das – what precisely was their motive? What becomes of Budhia Singh India’s ‘wonder boy’, the world’s youngest marathon runner?
Is this the tale of an extraordinary talent or darker one of child exploitation?
Produced By, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures in association with Code Red Films PVT. LTD.
Soumendra did his basics in Filmmaking & Animation from Zee Institute of Media Arts. He then worked as an Assistant Director on more than 200 TV commercials across esteemed ad film production houses in Mumbai for a span of two and half years before diving into direction. Some of Soumendra’s work includes: Music Videos: Mann Mera & emptiness are the two recently directed music videos produced by EROS. Soumendra directed Keen & Able, a non-commercial voluntary film for the physically challenged. Also to his credit is the Voluntary Short Film, Time to run, which he directed. The film is the story of Budhu who travels 13kms crossing 3 villages on an empty stomach everyday to reach school. The film was nominated in various national and international film festivals.
Subrat was a practising Chartered Accountant, till the cinema bug bit him. He then followed his heart and plunged into the world of filmmaking. Now with Code Red Films he is taking his dreams & ideas further.
Gajraj Rao is an award winning ad film maker, actor and writer.
Shubhamitra Sen is a trained Odishi dancer and a popular Indian film actress. She has been part of several successful films like Dhoom, Hungama, Golmal, etc. She is known by her screen name Rimii Sen.