Chandigarh: Anurag Kashyap ought to be one happy man on Friday. The extraordinary media attention in the last two weeks for Udta Punjab, his latest production, has translated into a good opening for the movie on the first day.
Being at the core of it, the film has generated tremendous interest, especially among the youth, in Punjab and Chandigarh. Theaters across Punjab have reported better than average occupancy for the first day of a new release. In the nine multiplexes where the movie is showing in Chandigarh, very few seats were available for online booking on Friday (bookmyshow). Seats were, however, up for grabs for almost all shows on Saturday.
Viewers have generally appreciated the movie for raising a social issue. Said Yadwinder Singh, a farmer who had come to watch the movie at Wave cinema in Ludhiana, “It’s a nice movie, and I feel it has brought out facts related to the prevailing drug menace in Punjab. People need to know all about it. We came to know about certain such things which we can’t even imagine and this movie showed us. It conveyed an important message to the youth, to stay away from drugs. But i felt that the makers could have avoided too much of abuse.”
In the same vein, Jasmeet Singh, a student of Panjab University in Chandigarh said that the movie has been effective in delivering the anti-drugs message. “Its a bit exaggerated in its approach but overall I enjoyed it.” Cine-goers have generally appreciated the roles of Shahid Kapoor (playing Tommy) and Diljit Dosanjh (playing a cop).
However, there were others who have criticized the film for sensationalizing the drug issue. “It is sending out a wrong message about Punjab. The movie shows as if the entire youth of Punjab are into drug abuse. This doesn’t send the right message to the rest of the world especially in a highly competitive corporate environment,” said Yadvinder Singh from Mohali.
There are still others who had gone with their family to watch the movie, and they have not had a good experience. “Owing to the hype generated by the controversy involved, we wanted to see what it was all about. I watched it with my family including my parents, my sister and my brother. Based on my experience of movie, I will advise everyone against watching it with your family. It has the choicest of Punjabi abuse coming at you so thick and fast in the first half that I found it difficult to sit in the theater surrounded by my family,” said Robin Singh, a youth from Zirakpur.
The movie-makers have relied heavily on use of the extensive Punjabi vocabulary of the profane and vulgar in the name of rendering an edge of realism to the narrative.
Largely on account of the curiosity and interest generated by the controversy, the movie is expected to attract more crowds in Punjab in the coming days. A transporter, who runs a bus service in Punjab claimed that at many a places villagers had done mass bookings to travel to nearest towns like Bhatinda to watch the flick in the coming days. “More than anything, people want to know what lies behind so much talk about the movie in the recent days,” he said.
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