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'Udta Punjab' review: A hard-hitting journey highlighting drug menace in Punjab!
The much-awaited (primarily due to its subject and controversies) film "Udta Punjab" has been released today. The film that deals with drug menace in the state of Punjab, has been jointly written by Sudip Sharma and director Abhishek Chaubey. Precisely, the film is focused on the impact of 'drugs' on the society.

Starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh, the story of 'Udta Punjab' revolves around four characters, a rock star, a migrant laborer, a doctor, and a policeman. The common factor between all of them is that they all are somewhere linked with the drug and its menace prevalent in the state. Indeed, Chaubey has chosen a very grim subject for his film, but is he able to do justice with the same? Let's find out!

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh
Director: Abhishek Chaubey
Genre: Drama, Crime
Duration: 2 hours 28minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.3 /10

'Udta Punjab' tells a story of four individuals, Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapoor), Pinky (Alia Bhatt), Preet Sahni (Kareena Kapoor Khan) and Sartaj (Diljit). Tommy is a fading sensation and his character is said to be inspired from Honey Singh, but nothing is official in this regard. He, an idol for youth, is badly addicted to cocaine.

On the other hand, Pinky is a Bihari migrant. She works as a farm labourerand finds a substance worth huge amount. She tries to sell it, but eventually gets caught by few local hooligans who supply drugs. Later, she too gets pulled into heroin addiction.

Sartaj, on the other hand is an assistant sub-inspector in Punjab Police. He finds it tough to work in a corrupt system that facilitates drugs, as he has seen a drug victim in his own house - his younger brother. He initiates his battle against drugs after his brother becomes an addict.

Preet Sahni, an anti-drug activist and a doctor puts all efforts towards making her state 'drug free' by spreading awareness and aiding addicts at a rehab. She also helps Sartaj making the most important choice of his life - to fight with the drug crisis.

The film's narrative is impressive and links Punjab's drugs issue with its politics. If you are well-versed with Punjabi language, the film would be more lucid to you as it is full of Punjabi dialogues. Although an abusive language has been widely used, the film doesn't lose its message and presents it aptly while keeping the authentic rhythms of everyday conversation.

'Udta Punjab' is emotional and realistic. Chaubey has done a superb job when it comes to scripting, and maintains an impressive grip over the narrative throughout the film. The director has depicted a grave issue in an interesting way. The performance by the stars is decent. But, it would not be wrong to say that the makers could have established the protagonist's characters in more appropriate way. Tommy's antics seem absurd after few scenes. Moreover, some characters' significant details, like of Pinki, are missing.

The first half of the film has all the spices to keep you glued, but in the second half the film falls flat. The characters fall in love with each other making the film nothing less than boring. While Sartaj and Preet come close during the effort to bust the drug circuit, there is also Tommy's uncanny obsession with Pinky. It can be said that the film started really well but could not maintain its pace till the end.

The film has many irksome moments in the second half, however, the climax packs a punch. The manner in which worlds of a rock star, a cop, a heroin addict and a doctor meet together, is an interesting watch. Udta Punjab can be your weekend treat.

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