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Udta Punjab Movie Review

Udta Punjab Hindi Movie Review

Total Reviews - 15
Average Rating - 6.7/10
Yes - 13
No - 1
Neutral - 1
Watchable? - 93%

Critic Reviews Udta Punjab

  • Gulf News | Review By -Manjusha Radhakrishnan Rating-7/10
Credit is due to Chaubey for taking a grim subject and making it interesting. There are a few dull moments in the second half, but the climax packs a punch. The way the worlds of a cop, a heroin addict, a rock star and a doctor intersect is cleverly shown. Be sure to give Udta Punjab a shot.
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  • News 18 | Review By -Rajeev Masand Rating-7/10
A scene in which his hangers-on forget to bring him his Diet Coke is laugh-out-loud hilarious. I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five for Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab. The censor furore dragged it into controversy for the wrong reasons, but I recommend that you watch it for the right ones. This is uncompromised cinema – the film has its highs and lows, but delivers a solid kick.
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  • Koimoi | Review By -Surabhi Redkar Rating-4/10
After all the hue and cry over its release, Udta Punjab comes off as disappointing. The film fails to give you a high, this ‘maal’ seems too ‘milavati’! Alia Bhatt has a famous dialogue in the film, where she uses the cuss word ‘Ho gayi na ch*****pa’, and one could easily say that about the film. Udta Punjab does not manage to fly high with its content. I am going with a 2/5 for the film.
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  • Times Of India | Review By -Meena Iyer Rating-8/10
Chaubey uses a part-documentary-part-mainstream approach here. Post interval, the film is sometimes too indulgent and sluggish. Also this is not your sunny-side up cinema. It is stark and makes you cringe. However, its victory lies in making you empathise with its characters. As Alia and Shahid, both victims of drug and physical abuse fight their demons and destinies, you shed a silent tear.
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  • Rediff | Review By -Raja Sen Rating-8/10
Despite the three disclaimers forced onto this movie, the backdrop really isn't fiction. The shockingly dismal drug problems in Punjab are well-documented, but it is only with Abhishek Chaubey's new film that we are confronted with the state's sickly addiction issues in mainstream fashion, and it doesn't make for comfortable viewing.
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  • DNA | Review By -Sarita Tanwar Rating-5/10
Udta Punjab, with all the hype, could’ve been the true crossover film. It falters big time because it leaves you feeling unfulfilled with a tepid screenplay. And that is why none of the things that the director tries to shock you with (expletives, references, crudity et al) create any impact. After the first 30 minutes, the boredom sets in already.
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  • Hindustan Times | Review By -Rohit Vats Rating-7/10
The film is entirely Chaubey’s. Bringing in inspiration from Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers and Vishal Bhardwaj, he showcases the paradox of Punjab in Bollywood films. The land of lassi and mustard fields isn’t about a romantic duet anymore, and if you don’t act fast… well, watch the movie to find out. There are no reasons not to.
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  • Indian Express | Review By -Shubhra Gupta Rating-6/10
Udta Punjab is a cracker of a title, and the way it opens tells us that it will go on the way it means to: with rolled-up sleeves ready for action, with characters who look as if they belong to Punjab, and speak the lingo right (mostly). Most importantly, it reveals a willingness to go over to the dark side and show what drugs can do. They can ruin. They can kill. They can wish you were not alive.
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  • India Today | Review By -Suhani Singh Rating-6/10
Udta Punjab is not the most comprehensive film on the state's vicious drug crisis. What it tries to be, with varying success, is a humane drama about the damaging consequences of drugs on the youth, and how the politicians and police forces are partners in crime as they facilitate the illegal industry for their own profit.
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  • Mid Day | Review By -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-8/10
Walking out of the theatre, one is grateful that the filmmakers fought for this film. This had to be served undistilled, and untouched by people who don't see or choose not to see the gravity of the situation.
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  • NDTV | Review By -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-8/10

Udta Punjab takes flight without wasting a second - from the very moment the title appears on a flying heroin pouch hurled from across the border by a discus thrower. It cruises along at an even pace right until the crackling climax, which is shockingly bloody but remarkably effective. The liberal use of cuss words may be too grating for some ears. Udta Punjab is not family entertainment, but it is an undeniably magnificent - and purposeful - commercial Hindi film. Do not miss it.
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  • Bollywood Hungama | Review By -BH Network Rating-6/10
On the whole, UDTA PUNJAB is a dark and serious film that does not offer the traditional entertainment that audiences seek from Bollywood movies. At at same time, it is bold and brave in parts with strong performances by all actors.
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  • Deccan Chronicle | Review By -Mehul S Thakkar Rating-8/10
The way Abhishek uses Benedict Taylor and Naren Chandavarkar's background music to aid its storytelling is laudable. The song Ikk Kudi sung by Shahid Mallya and composed by Amit Trivedi brings a glimmer of hope in the otherwise dark film. Don't watch Udta Punjab because it was embroiled in controversies but because its a story not many would have dared to tell.
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  • Masala | Review By -Lokesh Dharmani Rating-7/10
The ending of the film also feels a bit abrupt. But how else could a film end when the battle against drugs is still on? Imagine a state with its first line of control has one third of its youth population addicted to substances. That’s more dangerous than terrorism. I think we all must watch Udta Punjab and educate ourselves.
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  • Bollywood Life | Review By -Sreeju Sudhakaran Rating-7/10
Udta Punjab is definitely Bollywood cinema at its bravest, and also works as an eye-opener for people ignorant of the evils that’s plaguing our youth. Everyone involved in the making of the film should be lauded for backing such a film, when our viewers are still not able to get over the blockbuster fever. Yes, the film is very dark and mature, needed a tighter narrative and might not even be a 100-crore grosser, but still…it is a film our society desperately needs!
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Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Diljit Dosanjh, Satish Kaushik, Prabhjyot Singh, Harpreet Singh, Ishaan Khattar
Abhishek Chaubey
Abhishek Chaubey, Sudip Sharma
Abhishek Chaubey, Sudip Sharma
Sudip Sharma
Rajeev Ravi
Amit Trivedi
produced by: 
Aman Gill, Anurag Kashyap, Ekta Kapoor, Sameer Nair, Shobha Kapoor, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane
Crime, Thriller
run time: 
150 minutes
censor certification: 

Plot Synopsis
A story that revolves around drug abuse in the affluent North Indian state of Punjab and how the youth there have succumbed to it en masse resulting in a socio-economic decline.