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Posted By Ritesh Chhajer on Thursday, September 30, 2010
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UdaanWhat's real worth of an existence that is deprived of freedom? Freedom to happiness is not an easy path. It takes a lot of courage and sacrifice to do what you really want to do. At the age of adolescence, most us don't know what to do with our lives. Digression Alert: Remember the book "The Catcher in the Rye".

We just get sucked into following a set pattern of seeking security first through job, then marriage, then children and so on. And by 40, we realize we were perhaps better off doing what we actually wanted to do during those teenage days.

"Udaan" is the journey of a teenager who wants to break free from his shackles. On his journey, he has to confront his authoritarian father, empathize with his step brother and above all overcome his fears and deal with all the hardships life throws at him. Beauty of this movie lies in it's simplicity and simplest stories are sometimes most difficult to narrate. This one is a beautiful depiction of how a story should be narrated and is a rich experience for connoisseurs like me to satiate their ever hungry appetite for quality and yet entertaining cinema. It literally feeds to that craving for fascinating movies.

Some movies are special and become personal favorites not just for their sheer brilliance but somewhere we identify ourselves and the celluloid experience is powerful enough to transport us right into the characters' lives and empathize with them. "Good Will Hunting" is one such movie which I don't have real count of how many umpteen number of times I would have watched it. Every time I watch it, there are so many subtle nuances that can be appreciated. "Udaan" belongs to that category.

Rohan (Rajat Barmecha) is expelled from his boarding school after being caught watching an adult movie with his friends and has to return to his small town home where he finds a young brother whom he never knew existed and a father who has not seen him for 8 years and takes pride in being called as "Sir". The story is all about Rohan's aspirations, his father's dominance and his relationship with his brother, friends and his uncle.

All relationships are so poignant without any melodramatic tear jerking moment. There are no cheap thrills used for titillation nor does it boasts of a big star cast. It's totally devoid of any razzmatazz or purportedly slick camera tricks. Yet, it works and leaves a long lasting impression. That's the beauty of it. The screenplay is so well crafted that it's able to capture every little moment and the catharsis the protagonist goes through. There are moments of silence that can still keep you engaged. Emotions are warm and high but sans any melodrama.
The vulnerability of a teenager is beautifully captured. I have always believed that good actors and directors never depend on histrionics. A person's eye can reveal so many emotions. Emotions that feel real and not deliberate. Here too, the eyes and expressions of the two brothers says it all keeping it real and still making the impact.

The poetry and music used in the movie deserves a special mention. Kudos to the team of Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya. Since "Ijaazat", this movie has made best use of poetry I reckon. For instance, the one used in the beginning sets up the tone for rest of the movie.

छोटी छोटी चित्राई यादें
बिछी हुई है लम्हो की लॉन में
नंगे पैर इन पर चलते चलते
इतनी दूर आ गये है
कि भूल गये है जूते कहाँ उतारे थे

(While walking bare feet on a lawn of moments littered with sprinkles of tiny little memories, I came so far that forgot where the shoes were launched)

Songs by Amit Trivedi truly encapsulate the movie's real essence taking the story forward.

"Udaan" means taking a flight like in a bird's flight and the rich cinematic experience ensures that the viewer can experience the wind beneath his own wings.


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    Adil Friday, October 08, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Very well written - True triumph of adolescent aspirations. Why didn't you yourself try becoming a full fledged writer instead of working on Oracle databases?

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      Ritzy Friday, October 08, 2010 at 6:53 PM

      Thanks for your kind words Sir.
      Well, I'm too moody to become a full fledged writer.
      Just being good enough with databases at least helps me to earn a livinghappy

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    Piyush Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Fly dear bird high...beyond the miseries of life...
    fly free...away from the apathy of society...
    fly towards the infinity...using the energy of your soul..
    Let the world see your majestic glide... above and beyond the
    mediocrity of day to day life...
    giving them hope and dream that someday...someday... they may also
    take THE UDAAN...


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      Ritzy Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 8:03 PM

      WOW - kya likha hai aapne - aur kitne teer tarkash mein chipa ke rakhe hai

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