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Shahid Kapoor-Kareena Kapoor's UDTA PUNJAB: Shift from stereotype setting of Punjab in Bollywood

April 18, 2016 3:32:29 PM IST
By Rachana Sheth, Glamsham Editorial
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For years Punjabi culture rocked Bollywood. Every other Bollywood movie just had a Punjabi connection. The larger-than-life setting, exuberant characters and vivacious colours of the state were beautifully portrayed in the films. From Yash Chopra to Karan Johar to Ramesh Sippy to Subhash Ghai to Ekta Kapoor and many others, every established storyteller profusely used the themes of Punjab - fun-filled rituals and wedding ceremonies, 'bhangra', foot-tapping Punjabi tracks & dances, mustard fields, loud music, the Punjabi language and tradition, the NRIs or Indian Punjabis with a dream to explore or fly to foreign lands, (especially London or Canada).


It won't be wrong in saying that the Yash Raj banner introduced the country to the beauty of Punjab. Further, even the new breed of filmmakers like Shoojit Sircar and Imtiaz Ali, who despite being non-Punjabis captured the Punjabi ethos and essence authentically. Interestingly, we never even got bored also of this overdose despite being treated with the Punjabiyat copious times on-screen.

But filmmaker Abhishek Chaubey has now dared to shift from the stereotype setting of this rich northern state in films. Probably, for the first time ever we will get to witness the darker side of Bollywood's most favourite state and culture, Punjab. Yes in his upcoming film UDTA PUNJAB, Abhishek's has presented 'Punjab' in a new light, which perhaps not please the lot who have been used to the typical representation of Punjab and Punjabis. Abhishek blatantly gives out the ominous message right at the beginning of the trailer – that of Punjab becoming the next Mexico if the youth of the state continue to be addicted to drugs. The trailer flashes the murky state of affairs of a generation that finds pleasure by altering their state of mind through substance abuse with Shahid Kapoor playing a crude troubled rockstar, who looks cool as hell with long locks and bizarre appearance and who is high on drugs, while Alia Bhatt essays the free-spirited farmer, who doesn't mind mouthing expletives. On the other hand, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh play a doctor and a cop respectively, who are concerned about the youth that seems to have lost their path.

The entire trailer is packaged with these eccentric characters, substance abuse, expletives and more so highlights the issue of drug-afflicted Punjab. So gear up to move on from the hunky dory and rosy milieu sarson da khets or turban-clad men or dancing ladies or mustard fields that we have been experiencing from ages and enter the realistic space with UDTA PUNJAB.

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