Revisiting this for the first time since catching it in the theater and oh my god, what a ride. Outrageous. The amount of detailing is crazy. The editing… feels you’re racing at 1.5x the playback speed and yet you want more. The pauses are that much more dramatic because of it. The film shines, and how. Masterclass in what colour can do and be made to do. But if the rest of the film shines, the action sequences are a…
Zoya Akhtar delivers once again, and how. Such interesting characters, with room to breathe for each one. Well paced too. Might seem disparate initially but then suddenly you find yourself in the thick of it all, invested in the lives of all these little characters.
Oh and the music. Bhot hard, bhot hard. The album has so much diversity in style and so many fresh artists. Something new to discover on every listen. Feels like a landmark, along the lines of Dev.D or Rockstar.
Had so much potential. If only they focused more on the athlete’s story rather than the father’s, on the sport rather than the (fictional) drama between the superstar actor’s character and the sport academy’s coach.
Too little was explored about the girls’ motivation to keep training and fighting at such a young age. Where is the cause for that burning fire that fuels them to train and fight like their life depended on it?
Udta Punjab feels like a milestone for Indian cinema. The audience has come of age. Realism is no longer relegated to independent filmmakers working on a low budget, with up-and-coming cast & crew, and just enough production quality. Subjects are no longer treated with benevolence, glamour or attachment, but with the cold apathy and detachment that reality demands.
This film’s scuffle with the Indian government’s regulatory moral police demonstrated, by action, that not only are audiences ready to face the mirror,…