Udta Punjab

A gut wrenching, stomach churning and heart breaking depiction of a systematic crime destroying not only individuals but entire families in the state of Punjab. The censor board would have committed another crime if they had banned this movie. Punjab’s drug problem – and likely other states’ as well – is too large to be shoved under the rug. Politicians, pharmaceuticals, the police – everyone is slow poisoning whole generations of youth. What hurts most though is the glorification of drugs by the rich and famous and the well-educated among our own peer group. I personally know people who find it “cool” to be high and wouldn’t miss any opportunity to oust you for not partaking. Imagine the impact of this juvenile and irresponsible behavior on vulnerable youth that become pray to peer pressure.

Tommy Singh reminded me every bit of Yo Yo Honey Singh. His lyrics are nearly as poisonous as Tommy’s. I wonder if anyone has ever thought about the impact his lyrics indirectly have on India’s rape problem and the fact that young adults care about nothing but their looks. Objectifying women, caring for nothing but appearances, inflated egos…an unfortunate manipulation of the social fabric.

Abhishek Chaubey hit the jackpot by getting this cast to play the finely crafted roles in this movie. Neither Shahid, nor Alia or Kareena had ever been my favorite actors but I was totally floored by how each one of them portrayed the characters they were given. It may have been Diljit Dosanjh’s first movie but he looked like he’s been at it for ages too.

I watched this movie at a 10pm show on a Monday night after being awake since 6am. The entire two hours and thirty minutes I was barely able keep my eyes off of the screen. Shaken, shocked and surprised, I walked out of the theatre trembling. (10/10)




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