Runway 34

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Runway 34
Runway 34 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAjay Devgn
Written by
  • Sandeep Kewlani
  • Aamil Keeyan Khan
Produced byAjay Devgn
CinematographyAseem Bajaj
Edited byDharmendra Sharma
Music byScore:
Amar Mohile
Jasleen Royal
Distributed by
Release date
  • 29 April 2022 (2022-04-29)
Running time
148 minutes[1]
Budget₹65 crore[2]
Box officeest.₹43.23 crore[3]

Runway 34 is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language thriller film[4] directed by Ajay Devgn and produced by himself under his banner Ajay Devgn FFilms, the film stars Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan and Rakul Preet Singh with Boman Irani, Angira Dhar and Aakanksha Singh playing pivotal roles.[5]

Runway 34 was released theatrically on 29 April 2022, coinciding with Eid.[6]


The film is inspired by the true event of the Jet Airways Doha to Kochi flight 9W 555, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft that had a narrow escape on 18 August 2015, after facing difficulties to land at the Cochin International Airport due to bad weather and unclear visibility at 5:45 in the morning and had to be diverted to Trivandrum International Airport.[7]



The film was originally titled Mayday. The official announcement of the film was made on 7 November 2020[14] and principal photography began on 11 December 2020 in Hyderabad.[15] It is filmed at Hyderabad and Mumbai.The filming halted for sometime due to lockdown, COVID restrictions in 2021. In August 2021, Devgan travelled to Russia to do recce and finalise locations to film the scenes, reportedly later in September Devgan, Rakul preet and Boman Irani travelled to Russia to film some airport scenes.[16][17]

In November 2021, the name of the upcoming film was changed to Runway 34.[18] The film was wrapped on 17 December 2021.[19]


Box office[edit]

Runway 34 earned 3 crore at the domestic box office on its opening day. On the second day, the film collected 4.50 crore. On the third day, the film collected 5.50 crore, taking total domestic weekend collection to 13 crore.[3]

As of 12 May 2022 the film grossed ₹34.82 crore in India and ₹8.41 crore overseas for a worldwide gross collection of ₹43.23 crore.[3]

Critical response[edit]

Runway 34 received mixed to positive reviews from critics.[20][21]

Rachana Dubey of The Times Of India gave the film a rating of 4/5 and wrote "Runway 34 should be experienced for the way it depicts one of the scariest, and a near-disastrous aviation mishap in recent times with engaging characters, thrill and drama".[22] Shweta Keshri of India Today gave the film a rating of 3.5/5 and wrote "With Runway 34, Ajay Devgn finally finds his tongue as a director, and two atrocious prior attempts".[23] Rohit Bhatnagar of The Free Press Journal gave the film a rating of 3.5/5 and wrote "With Runway 34, Ajay Devgn surely found his space that is rich in thrill".[12] Nandini Ramnath of gave the film a rating of 3.5/5 and wrote "Runway 34 is evenly balanced between offenders and the offended before it goes on the defensive".[24] A Reviewer from DNA India gave the film a rating of 3.5/5 and wrote "Runway 34 is a balanced film, with right amount of technical, emotional and masala content".[25] Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama gave the film a rating of 3/5 and wrote "Despite a gripping first half, the slow moving and conversation heavy second half limit the Ajay Devgn – Amitabh Bachchan starrer Rumway 34 a bit".[26] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film a rating of 3/5 and wrote "Ajay Devgn, with a consistent performance that never goes off the radar, powers Runway 34. Rakul Preet Singh gives a solid account of herself. As for Amitabh Bachchan and other actors, the path is riddled with air pockets caused by blurry writing".[27]

Shilajit Mitra of Cinema Express gave the film a rating of 3/5 and wrote "Runway 34 is a frequently tense, perfectly serviceable aviation thriller, a genre of questionable repute in Hindi cinema".[28] Sukanya Verma of Rediff gave the film a rating of 2.5/5 and wrote "Runway 34 is a clumsy cocktail of Hollywood movies spiked with the Bollywood brand of God complex".[29] Sanjana Jadhav of Pinkvilla gave the film a rating of 2.5/5 and wrote "Runway 34 can be a one-time watch but there are better aviation dramas you may want to explore".[30] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave the film a rating of 2.5/5 and wrote "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".[10] Navneet Vyasan of News 18 gave the film a rating of 2.5/5 and wrote "Good VFX but Ajay Devgn’s character feels cliched, Amitabh Bachchan holds together the enquiry scenes".[11]

Anna MM Vetticad of Firstpost gave the film a rating of 2.5/5 and wrote "Runway 34 is unmemorable because it lacks a sense of urgency even while recounting a life-and-death story.".[31] Monika Rawal Kukreja of The Hindustan Times stated "The Ajay Devgn directorial, which stars himself, Amitabh Bachchan, and Rakul Preet Singh is an edgy, fast-paced aviation drama that ends up being a great big screen cinematic experience".[32][33]


The film's music composed by Jasleen Royal while lyrics written by Aditya Sharma.

Track listing
1."Mitra Re"Arijit Singh, Jasleen Royal3:41
2."The Fall Song"Jasleen Royal3:08
3."Jalaya Toh Nahin Na" (Music by Yashraj Mukhate & lyrics by Akshay Shinde)Yashraj Mukhate, Ajay Devgn2:21
4."Mitra Re (Reprise)"Arijit Singh, Jasleen Royal3:29


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  2. ^ "Box office: Heropanti 2, Runway 34 fates sealed on first weekend itself". Cinestaan. 2 May 2022. Runway 34 cost nearly Rs65 crore
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  4. ^ "Runway 34 trailer: Ajay Devgn plays an arrogant pilot, Amitabh Bachchan will set him straight with heavy dialoguebaazi". Hindustan Times. 21 March 2022. Retrieved 21 March 2022. Runway 34 is a high-octane thriller inspired by true events. It is special to me for many reasons.
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  17. ^ Times of India Retrieved 9 May 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  19. ^ "Ajay Devgn and Boman Irani announce the wrap of Runway 34 while eating a wrap". Bollywood Hungama (Press release). 17 December 2021. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  20. ^ "Runway 34: Amitabh Bachchan Pens Sweet Handwritten Note For Ajay Devgn; Abhishek Shares Glorious Review". News 18. Retrieved 1 May 2022. the film has received mixed responses from critics.
  21. ^ "Runway 34 box office collection day 2: Ajay Devgn-Amitabh Bachchan's film earns Rs 5.25 crore". DNA India. Retrieved 1 May 2022. the film has managed to get steady on its course due to positive word-of-mouth and good reviews from the critics.
  22. ^ "Runway 34 Movie Review : Ajay Devgn's aviation drama lands well within the runway". The Times Of India. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  23. ^ "Runway 34 Review: Ajay Devgn dangles his cigaratte, doesn't light it. Does that help?". India Today. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
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  25. ^ "Runway 34 movie review: Ajay Devgn excels in this aviation thriller". DNA India. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  26. ^ "Runway 34 Movie Review: Runway 34 boasts of fine performances and a gripping first half". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  27. ^ "Runway 34 Review: Ajay Devgn's Consistent Performance Powers The Film To A Smooth Landing". NDTV. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  28. ^ "Runway 34 review: This Ajay Devgn vehicle sticks the landing". Cinema Express. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
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  31. ^ "Runway 34 movie review: Devgn plays Devgn and Bachchan plays Bachchan in a largely bland, briefly suspenseful thriller". Firstpost. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  32. ^ "Runway 34 review: Ajay Devgn, the director makes a perfect landing in this visually immersive aviation drama". The Hindustan Times. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
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