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Gemma Atwal's dynamic epic follows four-year-old Budhia, rescued from poverty by Biranchi Das, a larger-than-life judo coach and operator of an orphanage for slum children in the eastern ... See full summary »

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Gemma Atwal's dynamic epic follows four-year-old Budhia, rescued from poverty by Biranchi Das, a larger-than-life judo coach and operator of an orphanage for slum children in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. When Budhia displays an uncommon talent for long-distance running, Biranchi nurtures his gift, heralding him as a folk hero for the impoverished masses, and maybe even for India itself. But after golden child Budhia breaks down during a world-record 65 kilometer run at the age of four, public opinion begins to turn on the guru and his disciple, and soon the two are swept up in a maelstrom of media controversy and political scandal. Following Budhia's roller-coaster journey over five years, Marathon Boy is a Dickensian tale of greed, corruption, and broken dreams set between the heart-racing world of marathon running, the poverty-stricken slums, and the political intrigue of a modernizing India. Nothing is what it seems in Budhia and Biranchi's story, and Atwal continually ... Written by Anonymous

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Marathon Boy
12 July 2013 | by (C-World) – See all my reviews

Marathon Boy, a sad and beautiful documentary film directed by Gemma Atwal. Full of true real-life events. This film shared a message that touched our hearts and our souls. It was extremely heartbreaking to see what these people went through especially young Budhia. Seeing him on screen was a blessing and he encountered many obstacles along the marathon. This was a shocking story, but it was inspiring to hear it. I recommend it to everyone because it shares an important message and about Budhia and Biranchi. This film was by far the best documentary films I've seen in years.

Budhia is a true "Marathon Boy" and I believe he will achieve his dreams of whatever he want to be when he grows up. Gemma Atwal great work on this film. God bless. I wish Budhia all the best. Wonderful film.


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