Udta Punjab (HINDI)

udta-punjab-posterStarring: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhat, Kareena Kapoor, Diljit and many more
Editing : Meghna Sen
Music : Amit Trivedi    Background Score : Benedict Taylor
Cinematography: Rajeev Ravi
Directed by: Abhishek Chaubey

Its become a trend that whenever any controversy or negative publicity happens before the release of a film, it surely manages to raise the curiosity and expectation level among the viewers. The curiosity factor keeps increasing as the controversy keeps growing thicker. Unfortunately, I too saw this film purely because of the above said reason. Lets see how the film has worked.

The narrative intertwines the lives of a popular youth icon, rock-star-cum-(c)rap-singer Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapoor), migrant labourer Kumari Pinky (Alia Bhat), who unwittingly gets caught in the clutches of the drug mafia, doctor-cum-activist Preet Sahni (Kareena Kapoor), Inspector Sartaj Singh (Diljit) and his younger brother Bali. All these people come and join for the single main reason of the plot which is drugs. What begins as a satirical retort to Punjab’s social situation slowly turns into a thriller. Three of the film’s four principal characters are utterly imperfect, but they are, pretty much like Punjab itself, not beyond redemption.

The only dull point in the movie is that the narrative part becomes a bit slow at times followed by few dragging scenes in the middle of the film. The movie could have been bit trimmed down in order to keep its pace and intensity intact. Shahid Kapoor, with his tattooed physique and funky hair style, portrays Tommy Singh to the T. He lives the character of an artiste constantly under the influence of drugs and he demonstrates it with his meteoric moods, which he displays with alarming, bone-chilling precision. Alia Bhat, the show stealer, carries no baggage and delivers the performance of a life time. From accent to body language, she has got almost all of it right.

Diljit Dosanjh is nuanced and likeable and carries his ambiguous morality with ease. Kareena Kapoor is well cast as Preet, but not quite given as much to do, save for looking so perfect she eats up the words in the mouths of those around her. The songs are situational. They add flavor to the film, but do not propel the narrative. Witty and humorous, the movie works mostly because of its tone and stand against drugs, though the second half is no match for the first. Can watch for the plot and the top-notch acting performances..!! 🙂

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