Runaway 34 movie review
The movie is a 2022 Hindi-Indian language thriller film based on an aviation event that happened on a Jet Airways aircraft from Doha to Kochi in 2015. It is distributed by Yash Raj films, and Panorama studios. The movie stars Ajay Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan, and Rakul Preet Singh, as well as Boman Irani, Angira Dhar, and Aakanksha Singh. Runway 34 was released in cinemas on April 29, 2022.
It earned average to excellent reviews but did poorly just at the box office. On June 24, 2022, it was made available for video entertainment on Amazon Prime Video.
Captain Vikrant Khanna is an airline pilot prepared to fly from Dubai to Cochin. He drinks well before the trip and is exhausted when he boards when his co-pilot is Tanya Albuquerque. Then, a storm near Cochin forces the route to be redirected to Trivandrum at Khanna’s request, over Albuquerque’s objections. According to Albuquerque, Bengaluru should be the second alternative, not Trivandrum, because it is close to Cochin and faces a high probability of rain. Khanna claims that if they deviate to Trivandrum, they would be able to try a touchdown and conserve energy. Based on a misunderstanding, the pilots are unaware that Trivandrum is experiencing harsher weather than Cochin, which affects vision.
Captain Khanna lands the plane whilst shutting his eyes, averting a huge calamity.
A brief questioning precedes the investigation, which includes Khanna’s clinical exam. The device, though, is broken and cannot determine whether Khanna is intoxicated or not. The investigation into the pilots’ activities is being led by AAIB Director Narayan Vedant. The investigation is being conducted primarily since Alma Asthana, an elderly woman on the aircraft who was the lone traveller to believe Khanna’s judgment to diversion to Trivandrum, suffered heartache on her journey to the hospital. Khanna is subjected to a forensic test throughout the investigation.
Vedant’s queries frighten Albuquerque, and she inadvertently admits that Khanna had closed his vision during landings.
Khanna discloses at the final meeting of the investigation that he had a photographic memory, therefore he understood what he was doing when he touchdown even if his eyelids were shut since he was visualizing it all in his head. He ultimately demonstrates it by simulating a trip with Vedant as a co-pilot. He repeats his moves from the evening of the touchdown, but this time he wears an eye cover over his eyes to reassure Vedant that he can land planes without even seeing. He gets banned for 3 months but is commended for his abilities.
On its first day, Runway 34 grossed 3 crores at the box office domestically. The movie made 4.50 crore on its 2nd day. The movie garnered 5.50 crore on the 3rd day, bringing the total local weekend gross to 13 crores.
As of May 19, 2022, the movie had earned 39.24 crores in India and 14.53 crores elsewhere, for total global revenue of 53.77 crores. The movie came over 20 crores short of breaking even, declaring it a critical disaster.