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'Udta Punjab' - Movie Review

27 Mar 2017

It is shocking when an image you had conceived in your mind about something is broken in front of you. And, it will take a while for you to come out of that shock. 'Udta Punjab' has done exactly the same with us. What was broken was the image of a state which had been portrayed in a pleasant way since the beginning of the Bollywood era. Every land has its bright and dark side and Abisheik Choubey did a wonderful job in bringing out the dark side of Punjab, where a majority of youth population is suffering from drug abuse issues. The film revolves around four characters: An arrogant rockstar; a cop; a doctor who fights against the war on drugs, and a Bihari girl who works at a farm in Punjab. The common issue that connects them to the plot is the drug problem. Instead of focussing too much on glorifying the actors, the story and screenplay focuses more on the use of drugs and to what extent it can take a person. Portrayal of Balli and the two kids in the Jail are perfect examples of how addicts behave when they are denied drugs. Shahid kapoor, who is known for some brilliant performances in the past, has lived the character Tommy Singh. Be it the verbal abuse, or the "" attitude, Shahid rules the screen. Alia Bhat goes a step further and occupies the film with her stunning performance. I know she's good. But, this movie has expanded her limits as an actor; especially the scene where Alia Bhat tells her story to Shahid is a standout performance. Dilijit Dosanjh and Kareena kapoor has contributed their fair share of performances to support the movie. Amit Trivedi's music blends in with the story and songs don’t intrude too much with movie's pace. The song ‘Ikk kudi’ lingers even after the movie is over. To sum up, ‘Udta Punjab’ is raw, disturbing, and true cinema that portrays reality with a blend of fictitious elements. If you love cinema, and if you wish to see some great performances, then Udta Punjab is a must watch. Rating: 3/5


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