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UDAAN - Movie Review : An insightful and must watch take on adolescence with a hidden message. (Review By Bobby Sing)

22 Jul, 2010 | Movie Reviews / 2010 Releases / Movies To See Before You Die / Drama

There are certain subjects which rarely get selected for a full length feature in our Indian Cinema. Adolescence is one of those rare subjects and we haven’t witnessed many movies made on the theme of those crucial teen years in the early life of a young boy. Therefore UDAAN comes as a pleasant surprise from a debutant director Vikramaditya Motwane, who boldly makes his first movie on an important subject and delivers a fine polished product proving his unique thought process with a style.

First of all the film is not preachy as it may seem to be from its look and promos. And neither it is interested in giving any sort of a message to the society in a boring way. It’s a simple story of a young boy and his relationship with his rigid father and helpless younger step brother told in the most simplistic way. But as it is said, ‘The beauty lies in its simplicity’, UDAAN becomes worth watching because it’s truthfully simple without any added flavors or colors and talks about a debatable aspect of our society.

The movie starts superbly with its first 20 minutes depicting the mischievous days of 4 young friends living in a boarding school. The sequence of their running from the school to watch an adult movie in the night show sets the mood in for the viewers. But this particular section of the film indisputably belongs to Manjot Singh alone (the young Lucky from ‘Oye Lucky Lucky Oye”), as he clearly outshines everyone on the screen with his famous realistic dialogue delivery style and comic persona. Though he vanishes off the screen after these initial enjoyable moments, but even then he makes you feel his presence through all those well written phone conversation scenes at regular intervals.

After its funny half an hour, UDAAN takes a serious turn and then moves into a completely different shell talking about the difficulties faced by a young boy while interacting with his ruler kind of a father. At this stage the narration becomes serious and the pace slows down drastically. But the director sticks to his main subject and characters in a convincing way and very soon you find yourself involved in this little family of three men (of different age groups) living in the same house as strangers.

In every family, a young male child always has his own contradictions with his father. There is difference of opinion, difference of vision and most probably the fight is over the issue of the stream or line in which the child desires to make a career in. UDAAN rightly focuses on this relevant issue and therefore every young boy watching the movie would easily relate to the script and the characters in a big way.

The movie may not find a thumbs up from every section of the viewers as its basically meant for the fans of realistic cinema who are used to a slower pace and can appreciate the social subject of the script without any songs or relief moments. It also has some minor flaws in its charactersiation like, how can a child steal money and car from his father who has a reign of fear in the family and yet cannot revolt right away or what was the cause of the father’s strong stubbornness towards his both sons. But even after these minor glitches, it still remains a well crafted film standing out of all those usual projects offered to us in 2010.

In real terms there are few visible and one invisible aspect of “UDAAN”, which makes it a worth watching project.

The visible aspects mainly include the outstanding confrontation sequences between the father and the son about their different styles of living and choice of professions. Both Rajat Barmecha as the young boy and Ronit Roy as the father truly excel in their scenes together. Then just watch out for the young kid Aayan Boradia, playing the silent step son, who mutely keeps suffering the merciless beatings of his father and doesn’t utter a word. He is simply adorable and loving with his innocent smile and dialogues. And then there are two sparkling performances by Ram Kapoor and Manjot Singh. Especially the silent conversation scenes between Ram and Rajat are a treat to watch. Finally the most impactful visible aspect of the movie remains its climax where Rajat along with his writer Anurag Kashyap and director Motwane defines the meaning of their title “UDAAN” in an exceptional way. In fact the concluding scene of the movie is capable of lifting up every viewer from his seat in sheer joy.

Coming to the invisible but in my opinion the most important aspect of “UDAAN”, which puts it in a completely different league, is the way it expresses the need of A MOTHER in every child’s life.

The film makes you feel the incomparable role of a female or a mother in a family who cannot be replaced by any amount of love, compassion or care provided by the other members. A mother, who can finish off all the differences in a family with her kind presence, love and calmness. A mother, who in disguise is just GOD living in our homes for taking care of us in the needy times. And a Mother whose debt we cannot repay in any form in our whole life on this planet.

Both the director and the writer need to be congratulated on this hidden aspect of the movie which may not strike all the viewers at first. But if you can think for a moment, then all the sufferings in the movie are only there due to the missing factor in the family called “MOTHER”.

So, in a way “UDAAN” also makes you realize this Biggest Gift of God to the mankind by very softly portraying the fact that a family becomes completely dry and stiff in absence of a motherly abode. I hope the film encourages every son & daughter to remember that they are blessed to have their mothers around them in this tender age and they would certainly take care and love her to the best of their abilities forever.

Summing up, its a recommended flick since it has an important message for all fathers and families having their kids in the adolescence age. And indeed a must watch for its invisible merit, indicating the role of a Mother in a happy family.

Ratings : 4 / 5

(The movie right away finds its place in my “Movies To See Before You Die” list cause it makes you realize the most precious gift of God to us and that’s our Mother.)


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22 Jul 2010 / Comments ( 7 )
vinay

Somehow even if I wish to witness these soul-projectors as often as they are released, I am not able to reach them as quick as I want to be. Your reviews made me travel every needle of compass. Precisely detailed, thought fertile and so very rightful acknowledgment of each and every character makes its worth a watch for me for sure.

My eyes are that of a common man who cannot find itself to judge the art and measure it with talented yardsticks of comparative modes but indeed I do cherish what I take home after paying audience to the same.

I thank you for governing your passion in the right direction and giving sense to movie reviews. Thank you for lifting yourself from mere a critic to a connoisseur.
Regards
Vinay

Bobby Sing

Vinay Ji, my only reply for your elaborate comment and praise can be ...............THANKS right from the heart.........and glad to have a friend in yourself.

Cheers to that!

Manjot

Thanx brother for your appreciation and comments on my performance....It\'s very innovative..
Thanx a lot once again...

Rab Raakha..

Bobby Sing

Hi Manjot,

It was really nice to have a comment from you in person. And after your kind gesture I will really like to be in touch and for that I will be sending you a mail soon. 

As a true friend, here I will like to add that you are indeed blessed to have featured in such prestigious projects and I wish you all the success for your future and upcoming ventures.

Just stay that way always and May the almighty be with you at every step.

HIS BLESSINGS

Cheers!

Dinuth87

First i have to thank you for your review. i watched it because of ur rating. I\'m really surprised. This is what i called \'real cinema\'.

I don\'t know about this director but i can assure u this is a great one in making.
The way he handled last 15 mins is great. Also great cinematography and performance.

I think bollywood is in the right track. If they can generate these kind of little gems continuously they can compete with world cinema. Look at the recent record.
MUMBAI MERI JAAN, AAMIR, DEV D, ISHQIYA, LSD, TERE BIN LADEN.
I think bollywood lost the path in 90\'s by making movies for NRIs. If they can continue these kind of universal cinema in future, cinema lovers will increase.

Amit Joshi

Why our directors shows rebellious people who has not done (achieve) anything in life & still thinks they can change the world. They (hero) are not in mood of pleading or requesting, they do whats they want like the hero of DEVD

1. The hero is doing all the masti & daaru stuff with his late night party friends as he knows that his father has enough money to take care of his food & other needs.

2. He is destroying the car, had he earn even a bicycle with his own money, I doubt, he would ever think to break it in any circumstances.

3. Why all the middle class shown in bollywood have all the luxury in their life & still they are in search of meaning of life ?

4. You show a father who ask his son \'have you ever done sex\'..........this is not indian father, A Indian father will never ask these kind of questions even he has drunk 10 ltr. of liquor.

5. Son is raising hand on his father, he is fighting with him, I know this is not been shown on Indian screen yet, thats why its fascinate the youngsters (rebellious generation).

6. We can not connect (sympathies) with hero if you show that he is making the same mistake (bunking the hostel) 3rd time..........Raju rastogi will never repeat this mistake because he doesn\'t come from a rich family. Audience need a character who has real problems, not a character who has all comforts at his home and he breaks every rule without fearing, otherwise you need Rancho who has something sensible questions to raise in a decent manner & proving himself (not breaking & destroying).

7. A father......... but no mother, the strong stubbornness towards his both sons................ but not a valid reason.........bring the mother & then show us his journey of becoming a writer.....his hurddles............show he has not enough money at home (he will not break even a pencil then)........still he manages by giving tutions, working partime...........I know it will be more tough for Anurag & Co. because they had tendency to show rebellious people fighting with their own relatives (not with the circumstances & their own weakness)

8. I never saw any kind of weakness in any charcter of anurag & co. movies. They are perfect but the people around them are cruel & so they will fight with them, the only solution they have.

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