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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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6 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Truly sad and amazed with the filmmakers access to every event as it unfolds. I'm haunted and extremely heartbroken to realized the future of everyone involved. There are no winners here. I would recommend this to aspiring runners but if not on its own its a marvelous documentary to post questions about self lessens in todays seemingly selfish world. I've always wondered with 1 billion why India never seem to produce athletes of world rankings but after watching this documentary it gave me pause. It seems at one time the filmmaker herself unceremoniously found herself acting on impulse which gives the story more immediate connectivity


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