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Before I start with my comments about the film, I must mention that although it may sound like one, but please don’t take it as a critical evaluation of the film. The film talks about the drug problem in Punjab and having experienced it as closely as I have, my comments may be biased.
Udta Punjab is a focus on the drug problem in Punjab in more detail than any other film I have seen recently. It is a bold attempt that deserves recognition and applause. There is so much of information pumped into the first half of the film that it starts to margin as a documentary film at times. But all said and done, the film sticks to its core idea of portraying the desperate drug problem in the region, through out, in all truth and honesty and pulls it well. People losing their identities and becoming a mere shadow of themselves, the whole culture and prosperity of the state crumbling into ruins is portrayed symbolically by the character’s faces being covered by their own shadows and people being comfortable spending their time and hiding in the ruins of the monuments that were once magnificent, rich and strong buildings. Most of the drug related problems are delicately balanced and showed well. Although one never really feels for the characters in the film but one does feel terrible for the whole state of affairs which, I believe, was the aim of the film.
What I really liked about the film was that it didn’t only address the drug problem in Punjab but also marked a very important idea which I feel everyone working for the media must follow – the responsibility of working for the media and the entertainment industry. One can not deny that if your work is going out in the public, it will have an impact on people’s minds and you just can’t deny it. If you are promoting a corrupt idea, you are as much at fault as the person who is corrupt.
The film has a very raw treatment and true to the actual, current spirit of Punjab – things are decaying and no one is bothered; everyone is busy flaunting the shining objects they possess. Kareena Kapoor’s performance may be off a few notches and there might be some really illogical incidents and events in the film but the film still successfully depicts the terrifying drug situation in the state.
I read an essay by Neil Gaiman recently that said ‘I believe that it is difficult to kill an idea because ideas are invisible and contagious, and they move fast.’ I hope the film makers’ idea behind making this film catches on and does not die out. I hope it brings some good.