Udta Punjab has broken all the records of controversies. A few hours back, the team of Udta Punjab welcomed Bombay High Court’s decision of clearing the Abhishek Chaubey-directorial with just one cut and now the makers have a new issue to deal with. One after the other, Udta Punjab has crossed infinite obstacles and is in the process of crossing some more like the current issue that is sub-judice.
Every next person is now eagerly waiting to watch Udta Punjab. Mumbai High Court has allowed the film release with one cut and now the film is releasing on 17th June. Although the current controversy regarding the Punjab-based NGO can not be ignored but assuming the film hitting the screens this Friday, here are six reasons why you need to watch Udta Punjab.
(1) PUNJAB DRUG PROBLEM IS DRASTIC AND REAL
It is like moving from top to worst. One can imagine the condition of a state where youth is getting addicted to drugs more than anything else. The Punjab drug problem is not a fantasy of the imagination of the filmmakers. It is very real and drastic at the same time.
According to a survey conducted by NDDTC at AIIMS, in over ten districts in Punjab, more than 1.23 lakh people were heroin-dependent, 2.3 lakh were surviving on opioids and an alarming 8.6 lakh people were estimated to be habitual drug users. The study was conducted over a period of two months, between February and April 2015.
Almost 60 percent of the children in Punjab have tried drugs.
Udta Punjab has already got the country talking because some people up in the higher positions of power do not want the movie to be seen. People will watch Udta Punjab and it is quite clear that the crackdown on the drug mafia in the state is going to be huge and some important people in the shadows will come to light.
(2) THE STAR CAST AND SPECIALLY SHAHID KAPOOR
Alia Bhatt plays a migrant Bihari labourer in this movie, and she looks real authentic in the trailer and the promos. Kareena Kapoor and the prince of Punjabi Film Industry Diljit Dosanjh are the very part of the film. Also, you have obviously seen Shahid Kapoor in the trailers, songs and promos of Udta Punjab in his long-haired, bearded and moustached look. After having a huge fan following, his look is enough to attract the audience and make them watch Udta Punjab.
(3) YES, THAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Okay, the abusive language should not be allowed but 89 cuts in the movie, including all mention of Punjab within the scenes, is not acceptable. Bombay High Court has just reduced those cuts to a single one and that is the scene where shahid is urinating in front of the public.
Freedom of speech is our fundamental right and censor board is no one in front of our constitution. While the film battles it out in the Supreme Court, it has already become a symbol of attack against the draconian censorship brigade of the Indian nation, what with the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association uniting for the cause and demanding Nihalani’s removal as the CBFC head. Udta Punjab deserves a watch because as Indians, as film lovers, as common people, one needs to know the truth.
(4) ABHISHEK CHAUBEY IS THE DIRECTOR OF UDTA PUNJAB
Remember the movie Ishqiya? Yes, he is the same guy who directed the Ishqiya and Dedh Ishqiya. Veteran National Award-winning director and the present CBFC revamp chief Shyam Benegal has already given a thumbs up to the film by calling it ‘very well-made’.
After two back-to-back successes with the Ishqiya films, Udta Punjab is expected to be a hat-trick for Chaubey.
(5) EKTA KAPOOR AND ANURAG KASHYAP
and here I can say “Naam Hi Kaafi hai”. Anurag Kashyap is a very well producer known for his indifferent strategies. Lootera, Queen, Ugly, Hunterrr, NH10 and Masaan are some examples of the films produced under the banner of Phantom. While Phantom, Balaji Motion Pictures is also a producer of Udta Punjab.
Now what else you need to watch Udta Punjab? Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Motion Pictures and you can definitely expect a film that is both commercially entertaining as well as something sensible and grounded.
(6) AND THESE CONTROVERSIES…
From the day 1, the movie is hounded with the controversies. “Controversy is a Mantra of success” and I am really confused that who have said this 😛 … I am definitely sure that these controversies have created a lot of chaos in minds. You can include these controversies, you have been watching and hearing 24×7, in the list that will make people to watch Udta Punjab.
Everyone is expecting the release of the movie on 17th June and let’s see what will happen…