Tuesday 21 December 2010

Udaan [2010]

Vikramaditya Motwane’s debut feature Udaan is a rarity. One of the rare Hindi movies focusing on teenage angst, hell one of the rare Hindi movie with a teenager as a protagonist, Udaan drips with anger, crisis, rebellion, realism and a slew of terrific performances. This interesting coming-of-age film starts off with Rohan and his buddies being expelled from their boarding school for their surreptitious late night activity. Rohan is thus forces to return to his father’s house at Jamshedpur – a father who refused to visit him these last eight years, who has a young son of his second wife he never knew of, and who, instead of allowing him to explore his worth as a writer, tries to forcefully mould him into his own model. And this life that he is compelled to grudgingly accept, slowly takes him beyond his tipping point, and makes him do something that was never supposed to be part of his life that his authoritarian father was scripting. Brilliantly enacted by Rajat Barmecha as the sensitive teenager Rohan, with startling supporting turns by Ronit Roy as his stern father, and Ram Kapoor as his loving uncle, the movie does have its fair share of developments that stretch believability, but is more than made up by moments that ensure you are engrossed by the happenings on screen. Poignant and sincere, the movie also comprises of a fine soundtrack and a very good script.

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
Genre: Drama/Coming-of-Age
Language: Hindi
Country: India


Priyanka said...

Undoubtedly Udaan is one of the best movies of recent times.. wonder how these fail at the box office while TMK is called a "hit". Maybe ostentatiousness is something more Indians identify with.
You blog is such a pleasure to read.. kudos for the great work you're doing!

Shubhajit said...

Thanks a lot Priyanka. Yeah, Udaan is certainly a good one. I don't really care much about box-office results as they aren't any indication of a film's true standing. Film appreciation, at the end of the day, is utterly subjective, and I'd rather not think much about whether or not the masses concur with my views. Thanks again and keep visiting.