The much awaited Udta Punjab hit screens finally after a lot of controversy.
The story revolves around lives of four people : a rock star, a migrant labourer, a doctor and a cop who have only one thing in common, “Punjab”.
The movie kicks off on a scene where a man throws a drug packet across the border in the dark hours. Shahid Kapoor makes a striking appearance as Tommy ‘Gabru’ Singh in his rock star avatar which is followed by a look into his junkie lifestyle. On the other hand, the drug packet lands in the lap of Mary Jane (Alia Bhatt), a Bihari immigrant who dreams of becoming a national hockey player but ends up working in the fields of Punjab following her father’s death. While trying to sell off the packet in a jiffy and earn profits, her life takes an unexpected turn and becomes tormented for her. In the third place, Sartaj Singh (Diljit Dosanjh) a cop in Punjab Police Force, works under a corrupt senior who is his mentor. He doesn’t really care about the drug mafia in his town until he finds out that his younger brother Balli is a druggie. Balli gets hospitalized due to drug overdose and is treated by Dr. Preet Sahani(Kareena Kapoor Khan). Sartaj decides to take action and works alongside Preet in an attempt to end the drug menace and expose the guilty. Even after finding out that there’s political power behind this, they strive ahead. He gives a strong message in the climax saying, “Baat meri ya aapki nahi hai, baat Punjab ki hai”, which depicts his determination towards making Punjab free from drug abuse.
In the end, Tommy Singh and Mary Jane, both victims of drug abuse fight their fears and emerge out as winners.
The dialogues of this movie are mainly in Punjabi. The strong characters and decent music are the USP of this movie. On the whole, the movie is a serious one unlike other Bollywood entertainers and is a must-watch.