Udta Punjab has got off to a flying start on day one of its release in Mumbai.
The movie that revolves around Punjab’s drug abuse delighted movie goers to such an extent that we didn’t come across even a single adverse reaction.
A multiplex that we checked into witnessed almost 60% occupancy for the first show with an equal mix of male and female audiences. Viewers heaped praises on the hard hitting reality of substance abuse portrayed in the movie and how it left young boys and girls destroyed in Punjab. Said a viewer, “The director has made sure to display the shock value relating to drug abuse well enough without making scenes look vulgar or sleazy.” (Udta Punjab movie review: Shahid, Alia starrer is worth all the fuss)
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Coming in for special praise for their performances were Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor. Alia’s marvellous portrayal of a poor Bihari migrant who is forced into drug addiction left viewers stunned. Shahid Kapoor’s junkie rockstar act earned him big appreciation from cinephiles thereby effectively wiping away the blot of Shaandar. Diljit Dosanjh and Kareena Kapoor too were loved by viewers but the scene stealers were Alia and Shahid for the aam junta.
Every viewer we spoke to unanimously opined that the controversy generated by the CBFC had made them curious to catch the film as soon as possible. While adverse reactions were literally nil, a couple of viewers did make it a point to note that the usage of Punjabi in a Hindi film should have been kept minimal.
With viewers giving Udta Punjab a thumbs up on Day One, the movie looks set to fly high in the days to come.