Udta Punjab ★★★½

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, they are eager and curious to look at their reflections through the lens of a skilled filmmaker and indulge in some anthropology.

As for the film itself, I wish it ended where it did when the first of the end credits appeared, and had no epilogue to cut to.

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