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Udta Punjab (2016) UDTA PUNJAB starts off with a scene at the India-Pakistan border wherein a Pakistani man throws a mysterious drug packet onto the Indian side. This is followed by a 'rocking' introduction of the rockstar Tommy 'Gabru' Singh (Shahid Kapoor) and a glimpse into his 'addictive' lifestyle. One day, Tommy Singh gets fired by his producers for delaying their recordings. If that wasn't enough, Tommy Singh also gets arrested by the Punjab police amidst his birthday party, on grounds of drug abuse. When he gets released from jail, despite the jitters, he somehow manages to gear up to perform before an eagerly awaiting audience. Just before the performance, he does something extremely awkward that irks a handful of audience, who, then, run after him for his blood. On the other hand, Pinky Kumari aka Mary Jane (Alia Bhatt) migrates from Uttar Pradesh to Punjab. Her background reveals that, she was an exceptional hockey player, who, because of lack of financial support, landed up becoming a labourer. And since then, she is trying to find her place under the sun in Punjab. One day, when she finds a 3 kg drug packet, she tries to sell it off to make a fast buck. While doing so, for reasons best known to her, she dumps the whole 3 kg of drugs into a well, thus invoking the wrath of the drug peddlers, for whom, the entire packet meant heavenly profits. Angered by her action, the peddlers not just land up raping the helpless Pinky Kumari, but also keep her as captive with them. Repeated attempts to run away from their clutches, yields no results for Pinky. The third angle to the story is that of Dr. Preet Sahani (Kareena Kapoor Khan), under whom Balli Singh, the younger brother of Inspector Sartaj Singh (Diljit Dosanjh) is getting treated for being a victim of drug overdose. Amidst the course of Balli's treatment, Sartaj Singh analyses and realises the harm that these banned substances cause to people. He, then, joins Preet Sahani in her crusade against drugs and exposing the drug mafias. Does the once-rockstar Tommy 'Gabru' Singh regain his lost identity, does Pinky Kumari become successful in escaping from the clutches of the dreaded drug peddlers, what happens when Tommy Singh and Pinky Kumari cross each other's path, and does Dr.Preet Sahani and Inspector Sartaj Singh succeed in their crusade of exposing the drug mafias of Punjab, is what forms the rest of the film..
Bollywoodlife.com  (Jun 17, 2016)
Rating:  3.5/5

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.

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Mid-day.com  (Jun 17, 2016)
Rating:  4/5

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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Filmfare.com  (Jun 17, 2016)
Rating:  4/5

Over and above, Udta Punjab is not just a winner in Court but also a cracker of a film. It certainly makes you think. While the film is bound to start a dialogue about substance use and abuse, it might even spark off a solution.

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Ndtv.com  (Jun 17, 2016)
Rating:  4/5

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. Watch Trailer:.

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Indiatoday.intoday.in  (Jun 17, 2016)
Rating:  4.5/5

Now, a major Bollywood film is out and it shows "everything" that is wrong with Punjab. Udta Punjab is guaranteed to bring some sort of a crackdown on the drug mafia in the state, even if the big guns are not caught, which would be asking for too much. .

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Indianexpress.com/  (Jun 17, 2016)
Rating:  3/5

The latter falters a little with her Bihari accent, but the way she channels the pain and the incredible strength of a young woman stuck in a terrible place, is searing. She soars..

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Timesofindia.indiatimes.com  (Jun 17, 2016)
Rating:  4/5

Important: A lot of the dialogues are in Punjabi but the subtitles help..

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Deccanchronicle.com  (Jun 17, 2016)
Rating:  4/5

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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Rediff.com  (Jun 17, 2016)
Rating:  4/5

Naturally, this call -- like that of sculpting his idiocy across the side of his own head -- is made by the mad musician. Good on you, Tommy. Rock a doodle doo.

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Bollywoodhungama.com  (Jun 17, 2016)
Rating:  3/5

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 the same time, it is bold and brave in parts with strong performances by all actors..

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