Udta Punjab – Shockingly Real !!!

Meet Tommy Singh, ranked Asian underground#3, revered by many for his foot-tapping chart busters. He calls himself Gabru or The Man. His only weakness? Cocaine.
Meet Sartaj Singh, your average one star policeman, happily living his dream of a bribe-driven pay system. His world shatters when he finds his Tommy Singh idolising brother as a drug addict.
Meet Dr. Preet Sahani, running a drug rehabilitation system, amazed at the fact that an entire generation has been drug ridden and slowly inching towards a painful death.
Meet an unnamed Bihari migrant girl, who dreamt of being a national level Hockey player, ends up being a sex slave for the drug paddlers, in a moment of lapse in judgement.
Their lives collide and the repercussion is chilling.


The director Abhishek Choubey, of Ishqiya fame, hails from the stables of Vishal Bharadwaj. Hence his way of story telling speaks of a finesse that is way ahead of his contemporaries. He brings such authenticity to the story board that makes the shiver reach to the bones. A work of fiction seldom feels so real like Udta Punjab does. Be it Tommy’s numerous meltdowns or Alia’s scenes, each have been shot with enviable angles. There is one particularly disturbing scene, where Alia’s captor , lovingly asks her that if she had to throw away the drugs worth of a crore, then why did she steal it at the first place and then disdainfully lets her to be raped. It will scare the shit out of you. The screenplay is crisp and so fast paced that a run time of 2 hours and 27 minutes feels like a breeze.
Shahid Kapoor is surreal as Tommy Singh. Reportedly his role is based on Honey Singh and he carries it with perfection. He is edgy, delusional and sane, all at the same time. Alia plays a Bihari migrant and is a scene stealer. She plays a difficult role and kudos to her, she nails it like a pro. Kareena has a smaller role compared to others and she shines in it. In some parts, she’ll remind you of her role in Jab We Met. But the star of the package is singer turned actor Diljit Dosanjh. What a smashing debut !! The support cast is amazing with the veteran Satish Kaushik leading the pack.
The music is splendid. That rockstar Amit Trivedi does it again!! Each and every song is going to stay with you, even after the movie’s ended.
Udta Punjab will shock you. It’s a terrifying tale, told as the events unfurl. The characters are probably from your neighborhood. The drug menace is real. Only we choose to ignore them, until it strikes one of our own. I sat down in the theater in disbelief at one of the most disturbing scenes unraveled, for it reminded me of one of my own kins going through sheer madness as a result of substance abuse.
Believe me, hell is much less scarier.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.