‘Udta Punjab’ : After one of the most controversial censorship row in recent times, and a leak of the movie online, the drug-themed movie today hit screens all over India.
Following several controversies including censor cuts, the Mumbai High court verdict, NGO plea in Supreme Court and then an online leak have managed to keep the interest of the audiences.
The film, intended to spread awareness about drugs on youth and society in general, written by Sudip Sharma and Abhishek Chaubey, has been mired in controversies in the past few months.
The film stars Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh in the main roles. The film is produced by Shobha Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor under their banner Balaji Motion Pictures in association with Phantom Films.
The question is will the reactions convert into ticket sales? Or will the audience reactions fall flat?
Here is what the audience who went for the first day-first shot has to say:
3:42 pm: Neeraj Subhedar @NeerajSubhedar
“Hope #UdtaPunjab spreads the much needed awareness. Great performances by all; especially @aliaa08 and @diljitdosanjh. A must watch!”
3:30 pm: Siddharth Tiwari @Siddharth_stoic
“Udta punjab is free but couldn’t fly. Thanks to ppl dwnloading leaked link and acting like a pawn in someone else’s powerplay. #UdtaPunjab”
3:04 pm: Urging her fans to watch the film in theatres, she said, “I think this is a big tragedy. There is an incredible amount of work which has gone into the film. When you will see the film, hopefully in the cinema hall, you will appreciate
it. I would urge people to not watch it online.”
3:01 pm: Katrina praised the actors and said, “I thought it was a really outstanding film. Both Shahid and Alia have done an unbelievable job. Alia’s performance is
absolutely brilliant in the film. I think it is a beautiful
2:30 pm: K V Sridhar @kvpops
“Even if there is food at home we still prefer to eat out.Similarly with a million copies floating,we still want to the theaters #UdtaPunjab”
2:14 pm: Manoj Harishchandre @SirJad1
“Moving out of your comfort zone and attempting a #UdtaPunjab… Take a Bow @shahidkapoor @aliaa08”
2:01 pm: Shiv Sena workers protest against the movie ‘Udta Punjab’ in Ludhiana over “abusive content” (Courtesy: ANI)
1:42 pm: Anshul Gupta @a_for_all
“Wheather u watch it in theaters or laptops #UdtaPunjab , you ought to admire the performances
@shahidkapoor @aliaa08 @diljitdosanjh
1:37 pm: Actor Arshad Warsi cannot stop praising Diljit Dosanjh:
“@ArshadWarsi: In my list of effortless actor there is a new name added for his brilliant work in #UdtaPunjab @diljitdosanjh tussi great ho paaji”
1:31 pm: Urvi Parikh @filmykiida:
“@shahidkapoor returns after the unnerving Haider in a role that will shake you up”
1:24 pm: Actress Bhumi Pednekar had to say this:
Caught the 1st show of #UdtaPunjab & it was so worth it.Super hard hitting with super like amazing performances.It hits the right spot.”
1:19 pm: Nikhil @nikhilsince86
“Finally Saw #UdtaPunjab , now m craving for drugs ?
Thinking bad of Punjab ?
Laughing at #cbfc’s stupidity ? YES”
1:11 pm: Aditya Sharma @AADII009
“With this level of promotion #UdtaPunjab may cross 100 crore mark within 4 days”
1:06 pm: Don @DonJoeMartin
“Finally #UdtaPunjab is out and flying
Now let’s debate if it was really a publicity stunt”
1:00 pm: Pahlaj Nihalani said,”Want to congratulate makers and cast of the film. I hope it goes on to be a huge success.” (Courtesy ANI)
12:54 pm: I P Singh @ipsinghTOI
“Depicting reality, almost, but difficult to watch with families due to filthy abuses. General audience refrain. #UdtaPunjab.”
12:51 pm: While a few people did not seem to enjoy the movie.
Ashok kumar @Ashokelect
“#UdtaPunjab Today someone thinks shouting.. giving expletives and behaving like a lunatic is ACTING.. then God save BOLLYWOOD.. movies”
12:45 pm: MissMalini @MissMalini
“REVIEW: There’s no emotion that #UdtaPunjab won’t make you feel.”
12:38 pm: Casting director Mukesh Chhabra wrote:
You don’t know if it is @shahidkapoor or Tommy Singh really. Splendid! #UdtaPunjab”
12:30 pm: Raghuvendra Singh @raghuvendras
“#UdtaPunjab is a cinematic drug. Can’t able to get over of it. Loved it totally. @shahidkapoor you are mindblowing bhai. Kya kaam kiya hai!”
12:27 pm: Arshad Warsi tweeted:
I could taste the honesty & sincerity in #UdtaPunjab Kareena k,@aliaa08 @shahidkapoor Diljit D, Abhishek C, flawless film & performances.”
@ArshadWarsi : It was like a breath of fresh air to watch a film the way a film should be watched & made #UdtaPunjab. Phatom films & Abhishek Chaubey”
12:22 pm: Actress Aditi Rao Hydari wrote:
“@aditiraohydari : #UdtaPunjab FABULOUS! Period! Every single frame!
Ps- reality is even more brutal… Anyone censoring reality? #DrugsDiMaadi @FuhSePhantom”
12:19 pm: Neeraj Ghaywan the director of the critically-acclaimed Udta Punjab wrote:
“@ghaywan: For me, #UdtaPunjab is the antithesis of DDLJ for our current generation.
Well-observed, poignant & thoroughly enjoyable at the same time!”
12:14 pm: Meanwhile Alia Bhatt seems to have a surprise in store.
“While we’re on #UdtaPunjab mode.. Something fun and special coming up for you guys very soon. stay tunedddddddd @diljitdosanjh”
12:10 pm: Karan Singh Grover @imksg
“Just finishd watching #UdtaPunjab Excellent Film 4.5* Brilliant performance by everyone @shahidkapoor #KareenaKapoor @aliaa08 @diljitdosanjh”
12:06 pm: Arshad Warsi praised actor Diljit Dosanjh on Twitter
In my list of effortless actor there is a new name added for his brilliant work in #UdtaPunjab @diljitdosanjh tussi great ho paaji ”
12:00 pm: Even Alia Bhatt fans are not disappointed.
“One of the best performance of @aliaa08 As Pinky in #UdtaPunjab She Potrayed a Brilliant Performance! ! Can’t realise she was Bubly Aalia !”
11:52 am: Shahid Kapoor fans seem very happy wth his performance.
Jay Patel @jaypatel07
“@shahidkapoor no one could have portrayed Tommy Singh the way you did, work of a genius. #DrugsDiMaadi #UdtaPunjab”
11:46 am: Yogesh Parashar @ParasharzBoy
“2nd half is getting better than 1st. #UdtaPunjab”
11:36 am: Actor Ashwin Mushran pointed out
”@ashwinmushran : Read a few vicious #UdtaPunjab reviews yesterday from people who ‘accidently’ saw it & read the opposite today… Will go with today’s”
11:28 am: Mayur Mutha @MayurWebHero
“Movie tickets booked for #UdtaPunjab. Films are made with hard work & passion of everyone involved in creating them. DO NO SUPPORT PIRACY.”
11:21 am: Pranay Tiwari @pranayom
“The world will now be divided into 2 – those who liked #UdtaPunjab & those who liked Udta Punjab because it is the ‘in vogue’ thing to do.”
11:15 am: Rohit Singh Raikwar @RohitRaikwar
“I must say every youth must watch #UdtaPunjab its all about our future it clearly showing Drugs harms.”
11:09 am: Taran Adarsh, a well-known reviewer, tweeted:
“#UdtaPunjab is bold, brave and brilliant with bravura performances. Watch it!”
11:10 am: Sumit Khatri @sumitsamkhatri
“#UdtaPunjab honestly its a week movie.except daljit no one was required in the movie.Politcial mess will make it hit else its an average.”
11:06 am: Rasika @RasikaShiledar
“Wanna get high?? Get high on filns like #UdtaPunjab I cant get enough,gonna watch again.. @shahidkapoor”
11:01 am: Fanzwood @Fanzwood
“What a good measure is that using phones isn’t allowed during the #UdtaPunjab movie show. Probably to avoid any more #UdtaPunjabLeaked”
10:54 am: Mayur Mahajan @i_am_Mayur
“@aliaa08 Wowwww what an amazing acting
Everytime I see her movie she tends to improve alot
10: 49 am: Rj – Notty by Nature @Theravijain
“#udtapunjab #review Movie is completely based on drug affair in Punjab. Neither solution nor revolution, nothing shown in the movie
10:42 am: Prateek Shanatic @ShahidsSuperFan
“Alia has done what Kangana did in Queen. Damn this girl! #UdtaPunjab”
10:44 am: Prateek Shanatic @ShahidsSuperFan
“90 minutes into movie and its every bit is honest, positive & sends out real message. WHAT WAS CBFC SMOKING? But Thank You #UdtaPunjab”
10:38 am: Arundhati @TheBongBox
“Gritty, fast and sharp.. Alia and Shahid in perhaps their best performance so far.
Interval update #UdtaPunjab”
10:34 am: Rajarshi Malaviya @rajarshi_m
“#UdtaPunjab really gripping intrigued truthful effort.amazing soundtracks & tremendous acting by each of them.totally #psychedelic 10/10”
10:29 am: Ranger Guy @RangerGuy2000
“@anuragkashyap72 @diljitdosanjh @shahidkapoor @aliaa08 thanks for showing the way it is. Really hope and wish things change. #UdtaPunjab”
10:25 am: Sandip Pawar @SachinistSandy
“Overwhelming reviews only means #UdtaPunjab is worth the struggle in last 3 weeks. Can’t wait to watch. @shahidkapoor @aliaa08”
10:22 am: Sidhu @sidhuwrites
“#UdtaPunjab: Hard hitting film which brings an important topic to the table and pricks you with it. Quite an eye-opener. Liked it.”
10:20 am: Director Mahesh Bhatt wrote:
“@MaheshNBhatt: Abhishek Chaubey’s UDTA PUNJAB is an outstanding film. Shahid & Alia are the bravest actors in tinsel town.”
10:16 am: Actor Arshad Warsi wrote:
“@ArshadWarsi: It was like a breath of fresh air to watch a film the way a film should be watched & made #UdtaPunjab. Phatom films & Abhishek Chaubey”
10: 12 am: Sidhu @sidhuwrites
“#UdtaPunjab Interval: So far so good. Four intertwined stories, each engrossing in its own way. Up to date and relatable.”