Udta Punjab Review: Delivers strong message to fight individually against drug menace

Film: Udta Punjab

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

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Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Diljit Dosanjh and Satish Kaushik

Rating: ***

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Director Anurag Kashyap’s most talked about film; ‘Udta Punjab’ finally hit the screens today after so many hurdles. Also, the film which was to get 89 cuts, got passed by the censor board with just a single cut. As of now, the film is running successfully around 1800 screens.

Talking about the film, it is based on the drug menace in Punjab. The film stars Shahid Kapoor as rock-star-cum-rap-singer Tommy Singh, Alia Bhatt as laborer Kumari Pinky,  Kareena Kapoor Khan as doctor-cum-activist Preet Sahni and Diljit Dosanjh as Inspector Sartaj Singh and the doctor’s love interest.

The film starts with drugs being brought across the border late in the night into the field of Punjab, when the packet by mistake lands with Kumar Pinky who in a tricky way, sells away the consignment to Bali’s contact. Pinky who is very poor and is not aware of the ways of drug dealing hopes of making money quickly. Problem begins for Pinky when she destroys the drugs consignment before getting caught by the drug mafia and as a result lands into trouble.

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On the other hand, the state’s police, to show their enthusiasm over arresting the drug addicts, nab Tommy Singh who is accused of luring the youth with his drug-infused rap music.

Also, Sartaj Singh comes to know that his brother Bali too is a drug addict when he takes him to Preeti Sahni’s clinic after getting over dosed. It is at this time when the doctor asks Sartaj to fight against drug menace while remaining within the system.

Characters in the film are distinct; however they have not been picturized properly. For instance, the way Tommy’s journey has been narrated is not that convincing. Although, the film sends out a very strong message that everyone should fight against corruption and drug menace as an individual.

In all, the dialogues and cuss words followed by loud performances, keeps the audience intact. The film delivers a strong message and is worth watching.

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