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Udta Punjab – ALL HYPE AND NO SHOW

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Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Daljit & Satish Kaushik.

Produced by: Alt Ent & Phantom

Directed by: Abhishek Chaubey.

First take: Did the publicity help the film? Yes! It did. Morning shows for an anurag kashyap film was housefull. Journalists made a beeline outside, waiting for the feedback. Police was called in to manage any threat. The problem of course was the threat inside the cinema halls. The threat called ‘mediocrity’.

Story: Lets give the credit where it deserves one. Tommy is a drug addict rockstar whose career is going downhill.  Daljit is a corrupt officer part of the system that ensures that the trade flourishes. He almost loses his brother because of the addiction and decides to help a doctor fight the menance. Alia is a hockey player who dreams of a better life and becomes a peddler, but lands herself at the mercy of the men who control the cartel. How their lifes intersect and change over the due course sums up the story.

Star power: The actor that stood out in the film was daljit.  His subtlety is his greatest usp in the film. The scene where shahid and alia meet for the first time stands out in an otherwise very disappointing roles essayed by them. Veteran actor satish kaushik is brilliant as tommy’s mentor.

Behind the scenes:  the title credit of the film has been brilliantly executed, the docu drama style of treatment was good in parts, but fell flat in the end. For major portion of the film it looked like another director’s vision, but the climax had kashyap’s signature style in it. That was a huge let down. The ending ruined all the hardowrk that went into the making of this film.

Wtf:  You already had so many stars in the film, surely you could have cast a bihari girl to play that character. Alia looked so out of place and fake in it.

Editor’s take: By the look of it, the entire build up to the film was all hype and no show.  It has given the makers the much needed push to get the audience into the theatres, but this film has very little recall value.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

 

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