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Udta Punjab - Movie Review

Verdict - "An astounding hard-hitting cinema."

Surrounded by pressure, anticipation and a giant controversy, Udta Punjab was let go from the censor board and was released to the Indian public last Friday and it's been an interesting weekend for me as I'm not only curious to see how well the film does critically but also financially, as an unedited version of the film was released online a day before its release and while few wise people supported the movie by watching it in a movie theatre and many non-moviegoers couldn't care less and gladly watched it on the interwebs.

The storyline of the film takes place in the rural regions of Punjab where we get introduced to our four lead characters, a fire-eating notorious pop star Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapoor), an unsung Bihari hockey player (Alia Bhatt), a compassionate doctor Preeti Sahni (Kareena Kapoor Khan) and a young unfledged cop Sartaj Singh (Diljit Dosanjh). As we explore deep into their lifestyle we get to learn how their lives were affected by drugs that play the central element of the movie.

One of the most captivating parts of the entire film was the screenplay and the unhurried approach that the filmmaker took to narrate the film. The lead characters were appropriately established from the get go and by the end of the film when terrible things start to happen to these people, we begin to care about their notion and belief which is primarily needed for a well-structured storyline.

The performances were completely impressive all across the board with the standouts being Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Shahid astounded everyone in his never-seen-before pop star persona and portrayed his character with perfection. Alia Bhatt was also astonishing with her performance in a non-glamorous role. As her character was the most impecunious one out of the bunch, I started to connect more with her portrayal when compared to others. On the other hand, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh were also decent with their performances as they didn't seem to be a monotonous part of the film.

Overall, Udta Punjab was definitely a brave step forward for Indian cinema in the forms of quality storytelling, fascinating direction, staggering performances, and a hard-hitting concept. Credit goes to the entire film crew who did a tremendous job by showcasing some of the most dangerous abhorrent things happening in India through a form of a film. A must watch!

My Rating - 3.5/5
Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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