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Run Babby Run
Run Babby Run.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joshiy
Produced by Milan Jaleel
Written by Sachi
Starring Mohanlal
Amala Paul
Biju Menon
Mithun Ramesh
Aparna Nair
Sai Kumar
Music by Ratheesh Vegha
Cinematography R. D. Rajasekhar
Edited by Shyam Sasidharan
Galaxy Films
Distributed by Galaxy Films & PJ Entertainments Europe
Release date(s)
  • 29 August 2012 (2012-08-29)
Running time 140 mins
Country India
Language Malayalam
Budget INR6 Crores.[1]
Box office INR22 Crores.[1]

Run Babby Run[2] is a 2012 Malayalam comedy thriller film film directed by Joshy, produced by Milan Jaleel and distributed by Galaxy Films. Written by Sachi of the Sachi-Sethu duo, it stars Mohanlal and Amala Paul in the lead roles.[3] The cinematography was done by R. D. Rajasekhar.

The film, which has news media as the backdrop, has Mohanlal essaying the role of a channel cameraman Venu and Amala Paul that of a senior editor Renuka. The story traces their relationship and professional conflicts.[2] It released worldwide on 29 August 2012. The film got positive reviews from viewers and critics. And was the second highest grosser of 2012 behind Mayamohini.


Venu (Mohanlal) is a high-profile news cameraman working in Reuters. He graduated from a premier film institute but preferred to shoot news rather than the manipulated visuals for movies. He is mostly based in Delhi but has come to Kochi to appear for a case in which he is involved. He is assigned to cover a case involving a local politician where he gets to meets Renuka (Amala Paul). Renuka is the executive editor of Bharath Vision and Venu and Renuka have a story to tell of their own. A flashback tells the story about how two lovers turned into foes.

Rishikesh (Biju Menon) is another channel head NBI ((News Bureau of India)), who is going through some difficult times, as some of his star performers have gone in search of greener pastures. Venu and Renuka come together to investigate a particular story about a murder planned by Bharathan Pillai (Sai Kumar), a major politician who had lost his fame and name before many years when Venu and Renuka exposed a scam involving him. How Bharathan Pillai uses a decoy to trap Venu and Renuka and how they find a way to escape form the crux of the story.



The film is produced by Milan Jaleel under the banner of Galaxy Films. Cinematography was done by R. D. Rajasekhar and music direction by Ratheesh Vegha. Stills were done by Aaghosh.[4]

Run Baby Run was written by Sachi. In an interview, he said, "Run Baby Run has lots of thrilling moments, but it can't be called a thriller as per the conventional equations. It is not just about the media, though the protagonists are media persons. I got the basic storyline while watching an Iranian film during a film festival. Of course, there is no connection with that film, other than one of the lines that I read from the sub-titles which continued to haunt me."[5]


Run Baby Run was awarded with "U" certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification.[6] Mohanlal held a sneak preview of the film on 28 August, at a theatre owned by director Priyadarshan in Chennai. The preview was attended by Amala Paul, Priyadarsan, Suresh Balaji, Lizzy Priyadarsan, Ouseppachan, and R. D. Rajasekhar.[7][8]

Box Office[edit]

The film released in 172 theatres worldwide including 72 cinemas in kerala,38 cinemas in andhra,3 theatres in Tamil Nadu,7 theatres in chennai, 87 in Europe and 23 cinemas in other states.[9] The film opened well registered 80 - 100% occupancy on first day collected INR 1.1 crore at the box office.[10] During its opening weekend collected INR 4.5 crore.The film grossed worldwide more than INR 16 crore at the box office.The film declared "Blockbuster" at the box office.[1] The film had completed 100 days in the UK box office collecting 62 Lakhs at the box office.


Rediff said the film was "lighhearted", but "[t]he overuse of the comic element, though, runs the risk of making the story look frivolous."[11] says that "Run Babby Run is one of the best films that has been churned out from the Malayalam film industry."[12] rated it as "Very Good" and said that "Run Babby Run may be far from perfect but it is a thriller that keeps you glued on to the screens."

IndiaGlitz gave the movie 6.5/10, commenting that "For the lovers of relatively well made thrillers, this Run Babby Run is definitely your movie that you may love to see more than once."[13]

Home media[edit]

AP International has launched Blu-ray, DVD & CD on 10 December 2012.


Run Baby Run
Soundtrack album by Ratheesh Vegha
Released 25 August 2012 (2012-08-25)
Recorded 2012
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 25:32
Language Malayalam
Label Manorama Music
Producer Milan Jaleel
Ratheesh Vegha chronology
Namukku Parkkan
Run Baby Run

The soundtrack was composed by Ratheesh Vegha, with lyrics penned by Rafeeq Ahmed. Mohanlal sings a folk number titled "Attumanal Payayil" in this film.[14] The album consists of six songs. The audio rights were acquired by Manorama Music for a price of INR16 million (US$270,000). The album was launched on 25 August 2012 at Dream Hotel in Kochi. The event was attended by Mohanlal, Mammootty, Joshiy, Mukesh, Milan Jaleel, Ratheesh Vegha, Amala Paul and several personalities from the film industry along with the technical crew and cast of Run Baby Run.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Attumanal Payayil"   Rafeeq Ahmed Mohanlal 3:49
2. "Aarohanam Avarohanam"   Rafeeq Ahmed Vijay Yesudas 4:25
3. "Run Baby Run"   Rafeeq Ahmed Ratheesh Vegha 4:20
4. "Aarohanam Avarohanam"   Rafeeq Ahmed Thulasi Yatheendran 4:20
5. "Attumanal (Karaoke)"   Rafeeq Ahmed   4:11
6. "Aarohanam Avarohanam (Karaoke)"   Rafeeq Ahmed   4:21
Total length:


Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress Amala Paul Won
Best Male Playback Singer Mohanlal for "Aatumanal Payayil" Nominated
Best Dance Choreographer Brinda for "Aatumanal Payayil" Won
Asianet Film Awards Best Actor Mohanlal Won
Best Character Actor Biju Menon Won


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  2. ^ a b "Amala Paul back to Malluwood". The Times of India. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Amala Paul opposite Mohanlal!". Indiaglitz. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "On Location: The newsmakers". The Hindu. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Onam Special: Mohanlal's Run Baby Run"
  6. ^ "Run Baby Run censored". 25 August 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Mohanlal watches Run Baby Run"
  8. ^ "Amala Paul attends 'Run Baby Run' private screening"
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  11. ^ "Review: Run Baby Run depends on Mohanlal". Paresh C Palicha. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  12. ^ Veeyen (1 September 2012). "Run Baby Run Movie Review – Mind boggling thriller!". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Review:An evenly paced thriller in Run Baby Run". IndiaGlitz. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Mohanlal croons". The Times of India. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 

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