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UDAAN: Flight of fancy for director Vikramaditya Motwane

July 21, 2010 06:54:03 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali indeed would be a proud man as his disciple, Vikramaditya Motwane, who assisted him in making of HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM and BLACK has made the world proud with his brilliant debut film UDAAN. It indeed is a journey having been given wings to aspirations of a boy from the small town world, and therefore aptly titled UDAAN. It is coming of age movie for a boy who is stepping into the cusp of adulthood. Success of UDAAN lies in the fact that it does not follow the conventional pattern, as there is no girl in the film, no love angle and no famous faces that override the portrayal of characters.

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Anurag Kashyap is emerging as the new mentor for the new breed of filmmakers, as he was in case of Motwane as well. UDAAN was selected for UN Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and in this category it rubbed shoulders with films made by the directors like Woody Allen, Jean-Luc Godard, Ridley Scott and Alejandro Innarritu. UDAAN is a film that was shot in just 42 days, and it is after KAALA PATHTHAR that a film was shot in Jamshedpur, and it underlines the fact that if the content is good the film would be a hit. This is how films become successful in Hollywood as well.


UDAAN has also given a new lease of life to acting careers of Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor as their characters have been etched out in a pretty nice manner in the film. UDAAN has autobiographical elements, which have been cleverly built into the content of the film, especially the manner in which the smoking scene has been built up. In fact the new breed of directors, like Motwane have started driving home the point that one should not let the dreams and aspirations of the heart die out. This was the message that was given by 3 IDIOTS on a large canvas and UDAAN has underlined the same on a small canvas.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali indeed would be proud that Motwane has picked up the sense of details in a shot from him in a vivid manner as also the importance of preparation to mount an idea on to a canvas. More such UDAANs are required and Hindi cinema would be able to find its moorings.

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