Udta Punjab Review
Udta Punjab is the new release from Bollywood this week and have to say the film is one of the most anticipated film of this year. But all those anticipation had come from some negative issues that affected this movie directed by Abhishek Chaubey and produced by Anurag Kashyap. At first Censor Board of Film Certification in India had banned this film from screening and suggested 89 cuts from the film along with a change in its title. They said that this film insults the state Punjab. But people from all around India come out by reacting strongly against this attittude by censor board and even the Mumbai High Court slammed the CBFC.
At last they surrendered and certified the film with an Adults Only Certificate. But the next day, the censor copy of the film had leaked and came on internet. Now, the flick has released all over among all this problems. Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor playing the lead role in this film.
The plot of the film deals with the drug cartel that running in the state of Punjab. Four characters takes the center stage in the plot. A rock star played by Shahid Kapoor, a migrant labourer played by Alia Bhatt, a doctor by Kareena Kapoor and a police man by Diljit Singh. All these four characters are connected with one thing as they are fighting the menace of drugs in their life in their own manner. Tommy played by Shahid Kapoor is rock star who is a drug addict. He caught up in a legal issue realizes the effect of his drug use and the songs he created encouraging drug use among the youth of Punjab, while he was in Jail.
Diljit Singh played the character of a police officer who used to take bribes from drug dealers. But when his own brother becomes a drug addict, he realizes the negative side of it and comes forward to find out the source by helping the doctor character played by Kareena Kapoor who is an active fighter against drug use in the society. Alia Bhatt’s character is a migrant labourer who becomes the pray of forced prostitution when she tries to sell drugs which came in her hand accidentally.
We have to say Udta Punjab is amazing in one word. Abhishek Chaubey had created a magic on celluloid with his tight screenplay and great directorial skill. Sudip Sharma who co-written the film deserves applause as well. The film is a realistic portrayal of life and also an emotional journey of the lead characters. But the director had presented such a serious subject in an entertaining manner which go really well with the audience.
Even though the film has lot of abusive dialogues used in it, it is needed for the perfection of the plot and situations in the story. The film is hilarious at many parts and the performance level artists is awesome in this movie. The story gives equal importance to all major characters and presented the effect of drugs in their life with all its intensity.
Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were stunning and Kareena Kapoor, Diljit Singh etc were also superb in this film. This may be the career best from Shahid Kapoor as he lived as Tommy in this movie. Alia Bhatt has been fantastic as well as she had played the girl from Bihar with ease and in the emotional scenes, she was splendid. The camera work from Rajeev Ravi was amazing and the locations were also fabulous. Music by Amit Trivedi and background scoring by Benedict Taylor really blend with the atmosphere in the film and the editing set the film on a great pace as well which will never make you yawn inside the theater even for one moment.
Udta Punjab is a film that entertaines you and at the same time gives awareness to you about how drug addiction affects an individual and also people related to him/her. It also shows how corrupt our political and social systems are and how they are making the younger generation, a bunch of losers, to achieve their own selfish motives. Udta Punjab is a must watch movie and it will be one among such rare films that enteratines and enlightens you at the same time.
Director : Abhishek Chaubey
Release Date : 17/06/2016
Cast : Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor
Review : Harikrishnan
Script - 8/10
Artist Performance - 8.5/10
Direction - 8/10
Technical Side - 8/10