If you have ever watched Lootera and made this silent wish to meet Director Vikramaditya Motwane and laud him personally, you cannot imagine what you would end up feeling once you’re done watching Udaan.
This bewildering statement that I just made is assuming that you haven’t witnessed this gem of a film, yet. There’s a great chance the joke’s on me as unlike me almost everyone else has experienced it long back.
But since I have quite recently become part of it, here’s my obvious take on it: Masterpiece!
Before I expand on my comment, let me lay down the plot. Udaan is the story of a teenager named Rohan (Rajat Barmecha) who is a budding writer and is expelled from boarding school. To his dismay, he now has to live with his overly strict father Bhairav Singh (Ronit Roy), who not only rejects his dreams of becoming a writer, but instead forces him to pursue engineering.
This Motwane directorial encompasses the journey of a teenager in his prime towards breaking free and realising what true responsibility is.
Now, talking about the film in depth, Udaan isn’t just narration of a story. It is held together by so much more, the most important of which is Amit Trivedi’s background score and all the songs composed by him. The first song of the film, Kahani Khatam hai ya Shuru shows Rohan coming back to his town Jamshedpur post getting expelled, and it is so liberating to see him take that simple journey on a train, all because of this powerful song about life brimming with opportunities and choices in teenage years.
Jo lehron se aage nazar dekh paati toh tum jaan lete main kya sochta hun
Woh aawaz tumko bhi jo bhed jaati toh Tum jaan lete main kya sochta hun..– Rohan, Udaan
Anurag Kashyap co-wrote and produced Udaan alongwith Motwane and the writing is so impactful especially Bhairav Singh’s character, strongly enacted by Ronit Roy, who despite being of gray shade, leaves a potent mark on screen. Never have I ever experienced such brutality and sternness in a main character before.
In the final scene of the film, when Rohan escapes with his half brother Arjun, we see Bhairav the least affected, just like so many people we come across who are barely bothered by anything to change their stand point in life.
Even though such brutal and pathetic, Bhairav’s atrocities and stubbornness is so relatable at some level and that says a lot about being parents and children in a society.
Overall, Udaan in itself seems like a journey and not a film. Rohan’s liberation feels like one’s own.