Tales of New Age Cinema – Chapter II

Udaan: A fight of a teenager to live his life.

Freedom is a set of basic rights every human reserves to live his life in a democratic nation and we, Indians enjoy several set of freedom in our life. A moral principle of ‘right to life’ says that every human being has the right to live and, in particular, should not be killed by another human being. Each of us have the right to make decisions in our life, whether, it is to choose a career or make friends or a partner for life. Sometimes, each one us will not be able to choose what we want in life due to the society we live in and due to unavoidable forces.

Udaan (Dir: Vikramaditya Motwane, 2010) is one of those movies which inspires us to come out of the fear and face the situations in life. This film is Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane’s story of Rohan (Rajat Barmecha) who is expelled from boarding school with his 3 friends after they caught watching a B-grade movie, off campus. Rohan returns to his strict father (Ronit Roy) and a half-brother (Aayan Boradia) he was unaware of. Rohan was forced by his father to do the engineering and work in his factory when he wants to be a writer.

This film is a complete different concept in Bollywood as it takes up an issue of a teenager’s lives when it comes to choosing his career. Rajat Barmecha’s Rohan is not any teenager we’ve seen in Hindi cinema, who finds a girlfriend and fights with his parents to get married. He has such realistic problems in life like how to manage his Hitler father, how to write novels and books when his father burns everything he written and forces him to take up engineering, how to enjoy the essentials of a normal teenager, when his father forces him to be a wage slave in his factory. This character represents thousands of teenagers who fight with family and run away from authority to choose their career. Even though this was a debut film of Rajat he acting abilities in this, makes you natural especially in scenes like breaking his father’s car out of anger when it doesn’t start, to running ahead of his chasing father in street after hitting him in the end of the film. Ronit Roy’s acting is so brilliant that you almost hate him for his cold and middle-class obsessions. Even though this was a negative role, his character of strict father is long lasting and we rarely come across these unique antagonists in Hindi Cinema. Rajat’s young scared brother (Aayan Boradia), a victim of child abuse, his understanding chacha (Ram Kapoor) and his friends (both from boarding schools and seniors from college, who joins him for drink) justified to role characters in the film.

Vikramaditya Motwane is the star of the show, as he was able to write this script with Anurag Kashyap as well as directing this unconventional and inspiring story. Dipika Kalra edited this 138 minutes’ film and each scene has its own importance in this Mahendra Shetty’s cinematographed film. Amit Trivedi’s Soulful background score penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya is so beautiful that the screenplay is added to screenplay according to scenes and each song comes when story takes the turn or a lead. The songs Aazadiyan and Kahani are so refreshing that, if you listen it after 5 years also it will make you feel good.

This Vikramaditya Motwane’s directed debut movie was applauded by many in Cannes film festival in 2010, even before its release in India. This film received positive reviews from Critics and scored 8.3/10 imDb out of 31,851 votes received so far. This was also screened in 40th Giffoni Film Fest for Childerns film in Italy and Amit Trivedi won the best music score trophy in this fest. This was made on budget of 5 crores and declared as an average grosser. When it comes to awards, Udaan has won 7 Filmfare awards, 4 Star Screen awards and 10 awards in Global Indian and Television Honours. The Main recipient of these awards were Ronit Roy, Amit Trivedi, Anurag Kashyap, Rajat Barmecha and Vikramaditya Motwane for their work in each field of film-making.

While making any decision in life we hesitate because of the fear that is hidden inside us and our conscious keep on asking “What will happen, if I make this decision?”, “How will others react on me?”, “There will not be good opinion about me if I make this”. Due to the statements we get from our mind, we fear about all the possible negative reactions and we will not even try to do these things in life and be creative. Udaan is one of those films which does not showcase a happy-happy family and shows emotions of a realistic family which eats together, travel together but not good with each other. This film gets deeper with realistic problems of generations, from obsessive secure father, to a scared kid, to a teenager with a lot of passion for his life. For all of us, this movie is an inspiration to live our life, when we are forced by situations which are not letting us to do what we want. Fear is inevitable in everyone’s life but when we take the risk of coming out of it and fight the real issues, we will definitely do what we want to do and live happily.

Thank you.

Madhukar

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