The film, Udta Punjab, is in the news almost every single day. Its lead actors, Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, are going around town to promote the film, whose release may now be delayed due to issues with the Censor Board. If the makers manage to get a go-ahead from the Censor Board committee, the film will hit theatres on June 17th. Abhishek Chaubey of Ishqiya and Dedh Ishqiya fame has helmed this project that addresses the drug issue in Punjab. Besides Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, Udta Punjab also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh (the Punjabi star is making his Bollywood debut with this film). This is definitely a stellar cast and we hope that the movie lives up to the expectations. Want to know more about this film? Read on!
Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh play the four main characters in Udta Punjab. While Shahid will be seen as a rock star who is addicted to drugs, Alia’s character is a migrant from Bihar. Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh, play the role of a doctor and a cop, respectively.
To look the part of a poor migrant, Alia Bhatt, had to undergo a major transformation. The actress was made to look darker and had to wear some worn out clothes. This is way different from the designer wear that she generally sports in most of her films. Shahid Kapoor, too, put in a lot of effort to come across as a rock star. The actor paid attention to details, from the tattoos to the hair color, Shahid had a say in the entire look of his character, Tommy Singh.
It was earlier reported that the Censor Board has asked for nearly 89 cuts in the film and that would reduce its runtime drastically. Now, the ruling party in Punjab has requested the makers to drop the name of the state from the film’s title. The producers of Udta Punjab have filed an appeal in the High Court and have refused to change the name of the film.
Amit Trivedi is a favorite of Phantom Films and has composed the music for most of their productions. Trivedi has also worked on the soundtrack of Udta Punjab and the songs, Ud Da Punjab and Chitta Ve, are already topping the charts.