Udta Punjab (2016)

Cast – Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Diljit Dosanjh, Satish Kaushik

Director – Abhishek Chaubey

Screenplay & Story by  – Sudip Sharma, Abhishek Chaubey

After all the hype about the movie, many of you might be curious to know what’s the fuss all about. Well… my guess is the cuss words used in the ratio of one is to one… i.e. one per each dialogue.

Jokes apart…

The film has a dark and gritty first half where the ground reality of the drug menace is hurled upon us. The junky and addled pop icon being blindly followed by young generation, all kind of sniff and snort and injectable drugs being freely available, the mafia hand in glove with police and administration (read politicians). The sight of doped out and sick junkies was actually saddening.

The film opens to an intense and impressive performance by Shahid. The touch of lunacy and whimsical part was played to the hilt. He remains true to the character till the end.

Alia as a migrant labourer was good too and due applause for her for taking up such a de-glamourised and hard hitting role that it raises goosebumps .

Kareena was her usual best but didn’t have an amazing role to bite upon as per her calibre.

Diljit Dosanjh was the surprise package and the most consistent and underplayed actor. He was superb.

The second half meanders a bit and you may feel the pace and story slackening. Somewhere down the line, the writing and the direction flounders. But the plot around Alia’s character keeps you on the edge.

I couldn’t see any reason for any political party to feel insecure. Anyways ,all evils in society are directly or indirectly related to the politicians and police without whose connivance they wouldn’t be possible… whatever be the menace whichever be the state.

And as for the cuss words, not that they aren’t heard of in this part of the country.

The movie is hard hitting harsh reality which is never too pleasant.

8 on 10 as score

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