Udta Punjab is a crime thriller film directed by Abhishek Chaubey. The film stars Shahid Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor Khan the lead roles. It is being produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Phantom Films.
The film is based on the drug abuse in the state of Punjab. It tells the story of a rockstar Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapoor), a cop Sartaj Singh (Diljit Dosanjh), a migrant laborer (Alia Bhatt) and a doctor (Kareena Kapoor). Tommy Singh is a drug addict and slowly loses his passion in singing. Sartaj's younger brother is also a victim of drugs and once he was brought to Kareena's clinic for treatment. Soon they both join hands to eradicate the drug issue. In the meantime, Alia Bhatt finds out a packet of Heroine and try to sell. However in doing so she was caught in a mess and was kidnapped. She tried to escape and struck with Tommy Singh. He seems to like her but soon she was taken back by the kidnappers. Will Sartaj and Kareena be able to eradicate drug issue? Will Tommy Singh be able to free Alia from kidnappers? Watch the film to find out.
What works the best for Udta Punjab is its power packed performances and superb writing. The film's story is fast paced from the first scene itself. The writers have done an excellent job in enmeshing all key ingredients of a great film and lucidly written this fast paced thriller. The story of Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh has been well rendered.
However, the film has many cliches, especially in the second half. The climax is a rushed one. It is also very abusive and at sometimes it looks like that the director has deliberately done so to offend the audience. We don't think ordinary Punjabis talk like that. That may not go well with the audience. Shahid's backdrop and story is uninteresting and his character is also not bulit well. The interaction between Shahid and Alia is great however the chemistry between Diljit and Kareena is gonna melt your heart.
Abhishek Chaubey’s direction is rightly effective and knows the right chords to hit with his films. There are so many perfect scenes which just exhibits Chaubey’s imaginative vein so well. There is a powerful scene when Shahid was in lockup and Diljit interrogated him. The body language, dialogues, and backdrop were so perfect. The best thing about the film is that you see these kinds of characters every day in real life.
The dialogues are well written. The music was terrific to say the least, however, it was not picturized well as there are only two full songs played in the film. A missed opportunity indeed. The cinematography is picturesque. The film is fast paced and editing has been done well.
♦ Shahid Kapoor is a terrific actor and he has shown his potential many times. He excelled big time as Tommy Singh. He is wild, crazy, passionate and at the same time weak, caring and emotionally broken. His portrayal of Tommy Singh will be remembered for a long time.
♦ Alia Bhatt is gorgeous however she does not fear to experiment and that is her biggest USP. She is brilliant and pitch perfect in a de glamor role. That is probably her best performance along with Highway. It will definitely put Alia much higher than her contemporaries actresses.
♦ Diljit Dosanjh is a powerhouse of talent and manages to score every time he is on screen. He shows his anger and frustration through his face expression and actions. It is the best debut performance of this year. Though he needs to work on his Hindi.
♦ Kareena Kapoor Khan had a very natural act. Her performance was mainly single linear however she still manages to leave a chord. She is confident as a doctor and looks natural.
♦ A special mention will be for Prabhjyot Singh as Bali which is a victim of drugs.
Udta Punjab is a must must watch film. It’s not every day that you stumble upon issue based films which entertain you also. That is probably the most honest take on drug issues. Having said so it is not everyone's cup of tea especially if you get easily offended. The climax can also be a disappointing and meaningless for you. I am going with a 3.5/5.
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