Udta Punjab (2016)

Hindi Drama, Thriller
96 %
Total Reviews: 70
Sahi: 67 Nahi: 3

Review Summary: 'Udta Punjab' flies high on awesome performances and a stark look at the wide spread drug culture.

Average Critic Rating: (3.50)
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Release Date:
Est. Budget: 48.0 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 59.0 CR

Plot: Udta Punjab is an upcoming Indian drama thriller film written and directed by Abhishek Chaubey. Produced by Shobha Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor under their banner Balaji Motion Pictures in association with Phantom Films, it features Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles... Read more

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Abhishek Chaubey’s work is rooted in reality, painfully exposing the demons that sell false promises for a sniff of the 'good life'
Emirates 24X7
The liberal use of cuss words may be too grating for some ears. Udta Punjab is not family entertainment, but it is an undeniably magnificent - and purposeful - commercial Hindi film. Do not miss it.
You will love the characters, hate them, and just be plain horrified and disturbed by them, but you will not come away untouched.
Rough patches notwithstanding, Udta Punjab is an undeniably exhilarating watch, a trip truly worth taking (downer included)
Huffington Post
This is the kind of film which has something to say, and it says it with both flair and conviction.
Indian Express
Udta Punjab truly soars when being its own madcap beast, profane and powerful and preening
This is uncompromised cinema – the film has its highs and lows, but delivers a solid kick
Rajeev Masand
Shahid, Alia starrer has flaws, but makes a strong point
Indian Express
A riveting dose of reality
Tribune India
I remember watching a film about campus drugs when I was a kid - I don't remember the name, but it scarred me for years. My 4th grader eyes suspected all the older kids on the school campus as being drug-addicts, weak and damaged, and they didn't even know it. As I watched Udta Punjab, I felt a similar kind of dread
Udta Punjab is a wake-up call, an important film and a mighty impressive one at that, carrying a loud anti-drug message
First Fitoor, now 'Udta Punjab', and 2016 is turning out to be very good for Amit Trivedi
Music Aloud
It is highly recommended. Go watch it. It is worth your money and more.
Story Pick
Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s take on drug abuse in Punjab is a BRAVE attempt!
Bollywood Life
Shahid-Alia hit the right notes in Abhishek Chaubey's drug drama
India Today
UDTA PUNJAB is a dark and serious film that does not offer the traditional entertainment that audiences...
Bollywood Hungama
‘Udta Punjab’ soars on the strength of strong performances and many high notes
Welcome to Chaubey's Punjab; a world you may not inhabit, but cannot ignore
The Times of India
Udta Punjab is not an obviously violent film, it commits a strange violence upon its viewer
Film Companion
Udta Punjab is a hard hitting triumph
The National
Udta Punjab captures a microcosm of a problem that afflicts several Indian states, and uncovers an issue that requires urgent attention with a firm hand and cinematic resourcefulness
Business of Cinema
There’s No Emotion That Udta Punjab Won’t Make You Feel
Miss Malini
His cousin keeps prodding him to consume drugs to get back into form but Tommy’s uncle (Satish Kaushik) prevents him from going back to drugs.
Director Abhishek Chaubey’s drug drama soars high on the wings of great performances by Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh
For all the controversy surrounding this film and its print being leaked two days before release, the main talking point about “Udta Punjab” should be that it is, by far, one of the best-acted Bollywood films in the past few years. That alone is worth the price of your ticket.
Reuters India
Overall, “Udta Punjab”, with all the hype it created in the media for its “expression of creative freedom” is worth a watch, only for the performances and social message.
After much controversy, Udta Punjab opened to audience on Friday morning, and unlike the censor board’s earlier claims, the film doesn’t glorify substance abuse.
Chaubey uses a part-documentary-part-mainstream approach here. Post interval, the film is sometimes too indulgent and sluggish. Also this is not your sunny-side up cinema. It is stark and makes you cringe. However, its victory lies in making you empathise with its characters.
Times of India
As far as unconventional soundtracks go, Udta Punjab scored really high points
Bollywood Life
hahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan And Diljit Dosanjh's 'Udta Punjab' Is High On Killer Performances And Worth Every Shot!
Claps N Slaps
Udta Punjab' pivots around two of the finest performers, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor
New Indian Express
Controversy's child makes an appearance on the big screen and you will find yourself involved with the characters. The storytelling is so good, you will want the good guys to win. You will take sides. You will despair at the bad guys. You will love the characters, hate them, and just be plain horrified and disturbed by them, but you will not come away untouched.
Udta Punjab' has moments of redemption and enlightenment
Business Standard
Walking out of the theatre, one is grateful that the filmmakers fought for this film. This had to be served undistilled, and untouched by people who don't see or choose not to see the gravity of the situation.
The movie involves every effort which makes a film perfect '€“ Action, Investigation, Emotion, Drama, Suspense, Love, and Hate
Reporter Times
Films like ‘Udta Punjab’ don’t come about everyday and the bravery of all those involved in making the film will definitely to make you want to recommend it to others.
Media 247
Udta Punjab is a finely made movie about the drug problem in Punjab. The story-telling is bang on, and Abhishek Chaubey does not mince words in telling you like it is.
An uneven film but still has a lot going for it, and warrants a trip to the movies either way.
Bolly Brit
Fracas was worth it, war on drugs galloped on Shahid-Alia's shoulders!
Zee News
The characters have strong connection with this menace in both the flip and the other side for the same. In terms of script and story one may not get attracted much towards this movie, but talking in terms of performance, Udta Punjab scores high.
Just Bollywood
A scene in the film epitomises the experience of watching it: in attempting to escape, Alia Bhatt's character pulls a blanket over her assailant's face and in a continuous thumping motion stabs him in his face. Yes, we have watched Trainspotting, but can't spot the sense in enduring this derivative trainwreck.
Mumbai Mirror
Abhishek Chaubey deserves applause for an intense, dark and disturbing depiction of the state of Punjab
Yahoo News
It is a film that needs to be watched.
Totally worth it
लंबी रेस का घोड़ा है 'उड़ता पंजाब'
Aaj Tak
Terrific performances anchor this film about Punjab’s drug woes
Live Mint
It was totally worth the fight
Deccan Chronicle
Udta Punjab is a Searing Look at the Lows of Getting High
The Wire
Udta Punjab is that ugly truth, which lives among us. A solid depiction of the consequences, quite unsettling!
Cinema Glitz
This is uncompromised cinema - the film has its highs and lows, but delivers a solid kick
Ironically, Abhishek Chaubey's movie which has finally kept its date with the audience made minimum sense to us on what was the whole censorship drama all about.
Glam Sham
Uneven tone reduces drug addiction to a near-farce
First Post
A simple story, that harks back to Nagesh Kukunoor's 'Iqbal'
First Post
I think we all must watch Udta Punjab and educate ourselves.
The film was interesting although the pace was a little sporadic
Planet Bollywood
Udta Punjab' is a film where all emotions are put together intelligently
First Post
Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt’s film is gripping
Hindustan Times
‘Udta Punjab’ Mixes Powerful Social Commentary With Dark Humour
Youth Ki Awaaz
Udta Punjab has a shaky start to it but becomes better as it proceeds
Bollywood Hungama
When rooted reality flies high
IB Times
Truly deserves to fly high
The Statesman
Udta Punjab truly soars when being its own madcap beast, profane and powerful and preening
Sen City
A choppy but wholly worthwhile trip
The Hindu
A brave story not many would have dared to tell
Deccan Chronicle
The end of the album got me thinking what its makers were on '€” they'€™ve got the drug-soaked sound and the intoxication to a tee
Indian Express
‘Udta Punjab’ Soars High With Powerful Performances
The Quint
Watch it for portrayal of real issues of our times
Box Office Capsule
Director Abhishek Chaubey portrays a serious issue in an entertaining way
International Business Times
148 मिनट की 'उड़ता पंजाब' में 80 से ज्यादा गालियां
Alia Bhatt has a famous dialogue in the film, where she uses the cuss word ‘Ho gayi na ch*****pa’, and one could easily say that about the film. Udta Punjab does not manage to fly high with its content
Koi Moi