Movie : Udta Punjab
Category : New Age Indian Film Industry
Cast: Alia Bhat, Shahid Kapoor, Daljit Dosanjh, Kareena Kapoor Khan
Director: Abhishek Chaubey Music: Amit Trivedi
Udta Punjab justifies it’s title right from the word GO! The opening scene of the movie puts you on the edge of your seat and what follows makes sure you never leave that edge until the movie is over….right up to the credits. When most of your audience are seated while the credits are running…you most certainly have nailed it…Take a bow Abhishek Chaubey!
Udta Punjab is not for the faint-hearted, it sends a powerful message. It shoves the reality of drug problem with youth currently in India right on your face.
Shahid plays the new age rockstar who makes up insane lyrics mostly related to drugs and flaunts his songs with utmost pride. He completely convinces you of being a psychotic, self-centred and egoistic rockstar. So much so, you kind of start hating him for being insanely rude.
Daljit plays a cop who likes to instigate his peers and enjoys the repercussions. He absolutely loves his family. He has this amazing genuineness in his acting which makes you like him instantly. Even when he accepts a bribe, you don’t hate him for his actions. You simply are in awe of how genuine of a human he is.
Kareena proves her point, she can pull off the role of the doctor with a cause with absolute minimal makeup and still look her charming best. Her chemistry with Daljit even in the absence of any romantic lines was one of the highlights of the movie.
And the star who stole the show for me was Alia. She has pulled off the role of a struggling Bihari worker with absolute ease. Watching an actress with no makeup and the same set of ragged clothes for most of the movie, yet loving every bit of her in each frame is a task she has accomplished with absolute perfection. Watch out you contemporaries, she is here to rule the Indian film industry!
The music does perfect justice to the feel of the movie. The cinematography is on par with the pace of the storyline and the powerful acting emoted by the characters.
The director gives you the reality if drugs woven through four different characters in the beautiful land of five rivers. There is a lot more happening in the ganne ka khet after Raj sang “Tujhe dekha toh ye jaana sanam!”.
More than anything else, it sends you a wakeup call on the seriousness of a very gruesome issue which is taking a disastrous toll on the youth.