Udta Punjab review


Movie “Udta Punjab” filled with drug drama released on Friday with single court-ordered cut after the producers appealed against some 89-odd edits demanded by the Censor Board, including the deleting of all references to Punjab.

The movie has been directed by Abhishek Chaubey and it stars Shahid Kapoor as an addicted rocker, Alia Bhatt as a Bihari migrant, Kareena Kapoor as a doctor and Diljit Dosanjh as a cop.

Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Productions and Phantom Films are its co-producers. On Wednesday, a leaked copy of the film was released online.

Udta Punjab is a cracker of a title, and the way it opens tells us that it will go on the way it means to: with rolled-up sleeves ready for action, with characters who look as if they belong to Punjab, and speak the lingo right (mostly).

Most importantly, it reveals a willingness to go over to the dark side and show what drugs can do. They can ruin. They can kill. They can wish you were not alive.

Udta Punjab is not a perfect film, it has flaws. But this is the kind of film that has something to say, and it says it with both flair and conviction. The movie showcased the reality of drugs.

Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapoor) is an accidental rock star and a full-time user. He rhymes coke and cock, making a song out of it, and the high-on-the-white-stuff youngsters at his raves love it. He loves it too, till the one day all the jollies — the money, the endless supply of the ‘chitta’ powder, the adulation — curdle. And his eyes light upon a battered-yet-not-beaten Bihari labourer (Alia Bhatt), who has become an unwitting victim in this vicious game, and he stutters, stops and starts to see.

Sartaj Singh (Diljit Dosanjh) is a corrupt cop, who is quite happy to turn a blind eye to the drug traffic, till one day it comes too close home. The feisty Dr Preet Sahni (Kareena Kapoor Khan), who runs a rehab clinic, becomes the other strong salutary influence on Sartaj, and the film takes an about-turn.

Anyone with half an eye open can see that this is not a film that glorifies drugs. The degradation of Alia’s character, both physical and mental, is horrifying. An addicted teenager’s spiralling down the primrose path is another of the plot’s see-see-this-is-what-drugs-can-do-to-you thread. It gets to the point where you want to say right, we get it, move on.

Diljit and Alia played significant role in the movie. A huge star in Punjab made his debut in the movie. He adds enormously to the authenticity and heft of the film.

The music in the movie has been given by the legendary singer Amit Trivedi. He is  master in placing music and adding context to moments.