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Kapoor Khan (Dr. Preet Sahni), Alia Bhatt, Diljit Dosanjh (Sartaj Singh),
Satish Kaushik (Tayaji), Prabhjyot Singh (Bali)
Vikramaditya Motwane, Aman Gill, Vikas Bahl, Sameer Nair
Company: Balaji Motion
Pictures, Phantom Films
news offlate, due to CBFC’s demand for 89 cuts in the film, followed by a legal
battle between the producers and CBFC. Finally creativity won and only one cut
was demanded by the court and the decision came just 2 days prior to its
release. Another fight which the producers have to fight now is against piracy,
since, this film has been uploaded on torrent sites by an anonymous person
(romoured to be somebody from CBFC). Critics might say that all these
controversies have worked in favour of the film, it would certainly attract
more viewers. But, what makes this film one of the most relevant watch is that
it deals with a very critical issue i.e. drug addiction. Youths in our country are
getting prone to drug abuse. Addiction of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs is
high in our country. The film is brutally honest about what happens when a
person becomes an addict, his / her inner struggle to overcome it, failure to
detox self, losing what is good within one’s self, getting away from all near
and dear ones, going to any extreme to satisfy one’s urge for drugs, even
attempting to kill dear ones if they are found resisting drug usage. The film
also talks about another major concern, which states like Punjab is facing
(Punjab is just a representation of many other states), where drugs are made
easily available due to corrupt system – be it politicians or police officers.
with a ‘Packet’ being thrown to Punjab fields from the other side of the border
i.e. Pakistan. The substance reaches wrong hands i.e. in Alia’s hands who is a
labourer (originally from Bihar), working in the field. When Alia realizes the
cost of the drug, she plans to sell the same so as to get money.
Simultaneously, another story of a rockstar Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapoor)
unveils, who has become a youth icon with his high-on-drug-performances and
weird fast numbers. He sports long hair, lot of tattoos-one of them is ‘Gabru’.
He is wild, arrogant and unable to take rejections in the right stride. Third
major character of the film is police inspector Sartaj Singh (Diljit Dosanjh),
who does not mind taking bribe to give the clearance to trucks and containers
carrying drugs, in fact he represents corrupt system. Dr. Preet Sahni (Kareena
Kapoor) is fighting in her own best manner possible by treating drug addicts
and also taking part in some major protests against menace of drugs.
of this film is that the focus is not on characters, but on theme of the film
i.e. what these characters are going through due to their addiction or due to
society being in the clutches of drug abuse. There is not a single moment where
the focus has shifted from the theme of menace of drugs. The intent of the
filmmaker is very clear, i.e. to highlight the menace of drugs, narco-politics,
a tough time when she goes to sell opium which she got. What happens when Alia
reaches the people to sell the stuff she has? How a young, talented national
sensation rockstar Tommy’s downfall happens due to his drug addiction? What
situations lead to the transformation of the inspector Sartaj from a corrupt
police officer to the one investigating the root of drug supplies in Punjab? How
Preet joins hands with Sartaj to fight the system ? How the drugs are made
available to the youths? How does narco-politics shape up ? How the channels of
manufacturing and distribution of drugs work ? How the medical shops end up
selling these illicit drugs ?
cast and their acting are concerned, all of them have given great performances.
Shahid absolutely fits into the character of Tommy. Alia is able to do so much
of justice to her grief-stricken yet courageous character. Her name of the
character is intentionally not mentioned in this review, which is for you to
explore by watching the film. Kareena is also very convincing as Dr. Preet. But
the real star of the film (and probably with more screen time than the rest) is
Diljit Dosanjh as Inspector Sartaj Singh. In real life, he is a singer,
television presenter and has also acted in many successful Punjabi films. His
performance in Udta Punjab is excellent.
dialogues of the film are concerned, abusive words are used, but blended well
with the plot, screenplay of the film. Music could have been better. The song ‘Ek
kudi jidda naam muhabbat, gum hai gum hai…’ is very nice.
well made honest film, highlights the inner struggle of the people suffering
due to drug addiction and also the sick corrupt system, narco-politics. It is
indeed sad to see the film, which brings harsh realities attached with the
menace of drugs.