Before its release last year, Udta Punjab generated plenty of drama with the Censor Board demanding that the movie be toned down for mass viewing. Even after those changes, the final product was hard-hitting enough.
Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the film’s depiction of drug culture and its impact on Punjab’s youth was gritty and punctuated with pitch-black humour.
Shahid Kapoor starred as a pompous local pop star high on substances while Alia Bhatt earned rave reviews (and awards) for her performance as a drug-addicted migrant labourer. Kareena Kapoor and Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh, making his Bollywood debut, rounded out the cast.
Chaubey co-wrote the screenplay with Sudip Sharma, who also penned the film’s lively and memorable dialogues. Daring and clever, Udta Punjab’s script was what, ultimately, made it one of 2016’s best movies.
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