Udta Punjab directed by Abhishek Chaubey is a dark and honest take on the grave issue of drug and substance abuse that has plagued the state of Punjab for years.The movie has an ensemble star cast comprising Shahid Kapoor,Alia Bhatt,Kareena Kapoor Khan and popular Punjabi movie star Diljit Dosanjh. Punjab is today compared with Mexico where drug abuse has affected the youth badly and every household has one member who is drug addicted. The nexus between the politicians and police is known fact. Cross border trade and smuggling of drugs happen everyday and it is a very grave issue.>
Shahid Kapoor plays the role of Tommy Singh, a popular and controversial Punjabi rockstar who is immensely popular among the youth of the state. Alia Bhatt plays the role of Bihari migrant who comes to Punjab in search of employment and starts working in the fields to make her ends meet. Kareena Kapoor Khan plays the role of Dr.Preet Sahni who is a popular face on anti drug abuse campaign and regularly attends meetings and awareness campaigns. Diljit Dosanjh , debuting in bollywood with this flick, plays the role of a honest cop.
The stars of this movie through the movie’s narrative expose the ground realities of this huge problem plaguing Punjab.The subject content is so well researched. The movie subject is dark but the makers balance it with humorous lines in between.The movie is not at all confusing but is very honest and simple.
Coming to the performances, it is surely Alia Bhatt who steals the show with the meatiest role. She is totally unrecognisable in this avatar of a Bihari immirgrant and has some best dialogues in the whole movie. She aptly mouths her dialogues in superb Bihari accent. One can see her apathy and genuineness directly from her portrayal of this role. Kareena Kapoor Khan rocks the show in her de-glam avatar of a doctor and is becomes never loud or preachy in her portrayal of the role. Diljit Dosanjh has a certain level of innocence in his portrayal of a cop and is so good. Shahid Kapoor as Tommy Singh is also flawless as the drug addicted rockstar who suffers frequent emotional breakdowns.The rest of the supporting cast is also very good and Satish Kaushik deserves special mention for his small role as Shahid’s manager.The background score of the movie deserves accolades as well as it accentuates the overall effect of the movie.
Udta Punjab is hard hitting,honest and a very impactful movie.Kudos to the actors and producers for choosing such a bold and honest script. It hardly disappoints viewers at any point.The movie based on the issue of drug abuse never becomes too preachy or overstretched.The content is strong and the performances are perfect.The people of this country need to know about such grave issues that affect our people everyday and it is only through movies like this that we can be more aware about such issues.It is a sure must watch. Not to be missed by any chance!