Run Baby Run (2012 film)

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Run Baby Run
Run Babby Run.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joshiy
Produced by Milan Jaleel
Written by Sachy(Writer)
Starring Mohanlal
Amala Paul
Biju Menon
Mithun Ramesh
Aparna Nair
Sai Kumar
Music by Ratheesh Vegha
Cinematography R. D. Rajasekhar
Edited by Shyam Sasidharan
Distributed by Galaxy Films
PJ Entertainments
Achu & Achu'S Creations
Release dates
  • 29 August 2012 (2012-08-29)
Running time
2hr 20mins
Country India
Language Malayalam
Box office 15 crore (US$2.3 million)[1]

Run Baby Run (sometimes presented as Run Babby Run)[2] is a 2012 Malayalam comedy thriller film directed by Joshiy, produced by Milan Jaleel and distributed by Galaxy Films. Written by Sachy 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 was set in the backdrop of news media, has Mohanlal playing 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 was one of the highest grossed Malayalam film of 2012.[4][5] And the song Aatumanal Paayayil sung by Mohanlal was also a chartbuster.[6][7]


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.



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.[8]

Run Baby Run was written by Sachy.[9]


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.[10][11]

Box office[edit]

The film was screened in 105 screens in Kerala and outside the state. It collected 2.5 crore (US$380,000) in 10 days and stood in number one position among the Ramadan and Onam releases at the Kerala box office even in the third weekend. In 3 weeks it completed 5000 shows[12] and in four weeks it earned a distributors share as calculated after tax and theatre charges, approximately 2.25 crore (US$340,000).[13] And continued in 5 releasing centres in fourth week.[12] The film completed 75 days theatrical run at the box office[14] and grossed 50.6 crore (US$7.6 million) from theatres.[1]


Paresh C Palicha of said Run Baby Run depends on Mohanlal. The acting department depends on Mohanlal a bit too much. He delivers an impeccable performance. The film is somewhere between a comic caper and a thriller. On the whole, Run Baby Run is a comic caper with a thriller backdrop and is watchable for its cast.[15] called it as a "gripping thriller" lauding Mohanlal's performance, script, direction and technicians said "the film is a roller coaster ride. The movie has the precise doses of actions, thrills, lighter moments and finer sequences which are also laced with a fine performance of the cast" and concluded "For the lovers of relatively well made thrillers, 'Run baby Run' is definitely your movie and you may love to see it, more than once. Forget the little glitches and watch the wonderful performance of Mohanlal.".[16] stated that "Run Babby Run is one of the best films that has been churned out from the Malayalam film industry. A must watch". Highly praising its plot, performances and technical aspects said "Run Baby Run is a gripping thriller with a lot of twists and turns and that will force you to be seated from beginning till the end. Thr film has action moments as well as lighter moments, which makes it a well balanced movie to watch this festive season. Mohanlal was outstanding and camera works and editing is perfect".[17] rated it as "Very Good" and said that "Run Babby Run is a thriller that keeps you glued on to the screens. It is a gripping tale with some good visuals and excellent performances. On the whole it is an engaging thriller which has the right doses of histrionics, tautness, anguish and thrills."[18]

G. Krishnamurthy of said "Run baby Run is the only Malayalam film released which can be recommended to watch among the Onam releases.". Giving special mention to Mohanlal, Sachy, Joshiy, R.D Rajasekhar and other creative department.[19] Unni R Nair of rated 3/5 and stated "Joshiy is in full control. As usual, he has done full justice to the subject at hand and has delivered perfectly well." and with a praise for performance and technical aspects.[20]

Raj Vikram of Metro Matinee gave a verdict "Run baby Run entertains" and concluded "In spite of all the faults, “Run Babby Run” manages to run and reach home mainly because of the overwhelming presence of Mohanlal who comes out with another mesmerizing performance. At times, the flick turns to a fine entertainer for this festival season even by leaving few down points.".[21] Ashwin j Kumar of The Times of India rated 3/5 and said "The film depicts the true face of media war. The film is driven by a flimsy narrative and lavished with twists."[22]


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.[23] The album consists of six songs. The audio rights were acquired by Manorama Music for a price of 16 million (US$240,000). 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
Asiavision Awards[24] Best Actor Mohanlal Won
New Sensation in Singing Mohanlal for "Aattumanal Payayil.." Won
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards[25] 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[26] Best Actor Mohanlal Won
Best Character Actor Biju Menon Won


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  13. ^ Smitha (21 September 2012). "Run Baby Run leads the race at Kerala Box Office". 
  14. ^ "Run Baby Run Movie 100th Day Celebration At Dubai". 
  15. ^ Paresh C Palicha (30 August 2012). "Review: Run Baby Run depends on Mohanlal". Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  16. ^ (31 August 2012). "Malayalam Review: 'Run Baby Run' is a gripping thriller". CNN-IBN. 
  17. ^ Smitha (1 September 2012). "Run Baby Run Movie Review – Mind boggling thriller!". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  18. ^ Moviebuzz. "Run Baby Run". 
  19. ^ G. Krishnamurthy (29 August 2012). "REVIEW: RUN BABY RUN". 
  20. ^ Unni R Nair (29 August 2012). "Run Baby Run Malayalam Movie Review". 3/5 stars
  21. ^ Raj Vikram. "Run Baby Run Review". 
  22. ^ Ashwin J Kumar (10 September 2012). "Run Baby Run". The Times of India. 3/5 stars
  23. ^ "Mohanlal croons". The Times of India. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  24. ^ A. K. S. Satish (10 November 2012). "South Indian stars shine at Asiavision Awards". 
  25. ^ "Winners-2012". 
  26. ^ "Asianet Film Awards 2013 – Winners List". 21 January 2013. 

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