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Udta Punjab (2016)

Udta Punjab

 

Genre: Drama/Crime

 

Starring: Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh, Satish Kaushik, Prabhjyot Singh

 

When drug usage starts breaking down a society, you know that there is something definitely going wrong. The state of Punjab in India has been facing such a problem, which is quickly spiraling out of control. Glamourising drug use in songs, easy availability and very cheap to buy makes the perfect formula for teenagers to get addicted. Tommy Singh aka Gabru (Kapoor) is a singer who has long propagated the use of drugs in his songs and is perpetually high all day. His songs and affluent, drug-fueled lifestyle has made him an idol of sorts that his fans have started emulating over the years. ‘Bauria’ (Bhatt) is a young girl who has immigrated from Bihar and works in a farm on the India-Pakistan border. She discovers that her farm is used as a porous gate for drug-trafficking and decides it to be a good idea to steal a parcel and try to sell it to some peddlers. Sartaj Singh (Dosanjh) is a police officer who regularly takes bribes for letting vehicles transporting dope go by unnoticed. When he discovers that his younger brother Bali (Singh) is taking those very same drugs that he let’s by without thinking twice, he decides to do something about it. He teams up with Dr. Preet Sahni (Kapoor) to trace down the peddlers in a bid to expose them at a higher level. The movie is very heavy and does try to shock viewers by exaggerating the effects of doping. Yes, doping is bad and there are people who suffer from the extreme consequences of it. The movie’s sole purpose is to try and make people more aware and to reduce this menace. I honestly never believed that children of celebrities can actually become good actors, they usually end up in this career since they don’t really have anything better to do. However, Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, although they come from celebrity households, have astounded audiences with their phenomenal acting skills. Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor have to be given top marks for getting into their character to a level that is unimaginable. One might even think that Kapoor was genuinely high during his shots to bring out his characters behaviour. If the sight of needles, side affects of doping and the other vice’s attached to it freak you out then you should probably stay away from this movie. A techincally very well made movie but not so much of an entertainer.

 

Thumbs up: Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor

Thumbs down: Very heavy and slow

 

Rating: 7.1/10

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