Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab is an important film that only cares about exhibiting the current scenario of a state embroiled in a drug menace. This movie shows the real fact of Narco polities and how the system is linked with the drug mafia. It almost makes you believe in the story,
It was produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Aman Gill, Sameer Nair, and Madhu Mantena under Balaji Motion Pictures, Phantom Films, and White Hill Studios, editing was done by Meghna Sen and Cinematography has handled by Rajeev Ravi.
It stars Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Ali Bhatt, and Diljit Dosanjh in a lead role with supporting cast Satish Kaushik, Suhail Nayyar, Manav Vij, Ishaan Khatter, and Jaswinder Kaur.
It was released on 17 June 2016, made on a budget of ₹470 million and it has earned approximately ₹960 million, gives an average grosser domestically but the Film was a commercial success at the Box office
The Film won four Filmfare Awards for Best Actor, Best Actor (Critics), Best Actress, and Best Costume, Zee Cine Awards for Best Actress, Four International Indian Film Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Male Debut, and Best Playback Singer, Three Big Zee Entertainment Awards for Most Entertaining Actor and Actress, and social Film, B4U Viewer Choice awards for Best Actress, and also won Screen Award for Best Actress.
Music by Amit Trivedi is mind-blowing as it further sets the mood of the film. The title track “Udta Punjab” and “Da Da Dasse” is the pick of a lot. Background score was good, the vocal is provided by Kanika Kapoor, Shahid Mallya, Vishal Dadlani, Amit Trivedi, Diljit Dosanjh, Asees Kaur, Babu Haabi, and Bhanu Pratap Singh
The story was based on four people whose lives have been influenced by the drug menace very much evident in the North Indian state of Punjab. Sartaj Singh (Diljit) a corrupt police officer who loves to go with the flow of the system and arrangement with the drug dealers until he found his own brother fighting for his life against the drugs. Preet (Kareena Kapoor Khan) is a Doctor working at rehabilitation for the addicts is good and bold in her approach, Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapoor) is so high, under his fading success that nobody can guess what he will do next, And Alia Bhatt a Bihari migrant worker trying to make her life better, ends up in an unexpected mess.
Performance-wise Kareena Kapoor is in a powerful role and really did a good job, Shahid Kapoor has a superb role in this and Alia Bhatt steals the show, she’s not a pleasant surprise in such a different part, but an emerging talent which might level out all other to the ground and Diljit Dosanjh was a good surprise and he gives his awesome performance.
The movie plot was based on a serious issue but the approach is humorous and comes with a message that can change ones prescriptive.