UDAAN is a simple story told with a lot of heart. If you have ever had an argument with your father or your son or for that matter anyone you are closely associated with, UDAAN is for you. Which means UDAAN is for everyone.
Rohan (Rajat Barmecha), along with his few friends is expelled from his boarding school in Shimla for watching an adult film. After eight straight years in boarding school, he returns home to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur where his father (Ronit Roy) who prefers to be called 'sir' by his son and half younger brother live. He doesn't even know that he has a younger brother.
Rohan aspires to be a writer but his dictatorial father forces him to join his steel factory and study engineering. The differences between his father and him keep on mounting. Will he live according to his father's demands or will he follow his dreams is what ensues.
Debutant director Vikaramaditya Motwane succeeds in narrating the story sensitively. It's basically the point of view of the child that is focused. The character of the father is shown to be very indifferent, making the son the protagonist.
The best part about UDAAN is its simple yet heartrending & relatable story, written jointly by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap. It's an endearing tale about hope, dreams, aspirations, relationships, love, father-son conflicts and much more. There are ample moving moments like the first confrontation scene between the father and the son, or the one in which he meets his brother for the first time, or the one in which Rohan is narrating a story in a hospital.
The exhilarating scene in which Rohan is running away from his father, who is trying to get hold of him, deserves special mention. It perhaps signifies Rohan taking off, thereby justifying the title, UDAAN.
The pace of the film is slow but not dreary. Second half seems a bit long and could have been trimmed a bit. But this is just a miniscule point which can be easily overlooked. Amit Trivedi's music scores and how! The songs which are just played in the background are poignant.
Rajat Barmecha plays his part to perfection and is very confident. Watch out for the scene in which he breaks the car because of frustration or when he unable to speak to his friend on the phone. Ronit Roy has given such an astounding performance that each time he appears on screen, you get piqued. Aayan Boradia, the little kid is adorable and superb. His mere expressions and eyes aptly convey his helpless character. Ram Kapoor is very restrained in his act.
UDAAN surely passes with flying colours. It will linger on your mind for a long time to come.