First things first- Udta Punjab is no fiction.
We have seen youth dead of overdose- in parks, cars, malls, public toilets and even on roads.
We have seen young addicts lying unconscious in the ruins in rural Punjab just as the movie shows.
We have seen how policemen and politicians have been under suspicion for their hand in the drug trade.
We have also seen how ‘maa di’, ‘behen di’, ‘saala’ and ‘saali’ are not the abuses but a lifestyle that we Punjabis cherish and boast of.
Udta Punjab is no fiction. It just portrays a Punjab that we Punjabis have seen in reality.
Even Tommy Singh, the celebrated pop star, is a character we Punjabis have seen all too often. Diljit Dosanjh, who plays one of the lead characters, will know this all too well.
He’s done his bit idolising liquor and weapons.
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His ‘Veer vaar din na parhej karda’ (sons of Jatt don’t follow restrictions even on Thursday and consume liquor) was a super hit. So was Diljit’s song on weapons- ‘Jithe hundi aa pabandi hathiyar di ni, Ohthe jatt fire karda (It is where weapons are banned that Jatt fires shots proudly).
There are few more on same lines by other singers. For instance, ‘Tu taan aakhe tere vich main bolda, mere vicho bole billo 32 bore da’ (When I speak, it is not me but .32 bore revolver speaking).
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If parents had no objections on their children dancing on these cool songs, then why exactly is ‘Udta Punjab’ not cool? This is just a testimony of the fact that Punjabis cannot accept or face the reality.
Now, Punjabis have to embrace the reality with open arms. A mirror even if offensive should be seen, that is how we can correct our flaws. Why Punjabis should watch Udta Punjab is not because it has ‘Punjab’ in its name, but because it is them on the screen- abusing, drinking and taking Punjab and their life for granted.
For three hours, Punjabis should forget their political affiliations and the fact that there is an election due in a few months. Watch the film because it is about you and your life which is too precious.
Certainly, Punjabis owe more to this nation and its people.
It is now or never. Punjab owes a big thanks to the courts for not letting their mirror die. Udta Punjab must soar high and higher.