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Old 18-Jul-2010
Udaan - Movie Review

When a person learns that life isnít a bed of roses, we say heís grown-up now! But our hero of Udaan, a teenager with a simple dream has understood a very core lesson of life at an early stage - that nothing comes easy. Cooped up in a boarding school for eight years, he finds himself in a no manís land.

The plotline is not far from the humdrum life of a teenager, bogged down by family pressure as well as teen angst. The problems faced by the boy are genuine and not blown out of proportion. He is the usual teen who canít relate to his family and wants to follow his heart. But his heart is neither with the girl he loves, nor with a rock band he has formed, nor with his group of best friends. The common things which are generally part of a teenagerís life just donít exist for our protagonist. The boy is alone to face his set of problems - a godawful dad, a step brother, a small town middle-class mentality which is bound not to change, and a career in engineering.

Sounds familiar! Bet it does. This is the life of Rohan played by Rajat Barmecha, who is expelled from his boarding school because he watched a porn film. Then life takes a U-turn and he is thrown back to the place where he belongs - Jamshedpur, his hometown. Life is muddled for Rohan but he is not reckless; he wants to be a writer.

How is Rohan going to succeed? Will he silently embrace what life brings to him? Or, will he put up a brave front to set himself free? ĎUdaaní gives the answers though in subtly muted tones.

The movie with its simple narrative is poignant because it is as real as it is surreal. First-time director Vikramaditya Motwane knows what he wants to convey to his audience, and the well-written script of the film assures that, thanks to the co-writer Anurag Kashyap. However, amidst all this heap of praises, the movieís creeping second half can test your patience.

ĎUdaaní has four main actors that carry the film, evoke emotions and leave us dazed. Rajat Barmecha stands out as a boy trying to face up to his domineering dad and deal with his unfulfilled aspirations. Ronit Roy as the head of family is stern, hard-to-please, formidable and not at all adorable as a father figure. On the contrary, chacha Ram Kapoor is an angel figure, one who understands, while Rohanís step brother is a victim of domestic abuse. Music by Amit Trivedi is not just for the sake of music, itís another best aspect of the film.

Though the movie slithers winningly and is sublime, it resonates with an unmitigated melancholy.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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