Udaan starts its flight in the dark of night. As soon the invigilation of the warden passes away, the life forces jut out of the walls of the boarding to find the vent in sexual purgation as hoped to get promoted in the cinema hall, both from the movie, as well as from the cupid-struck audience. But the mazy night creeps in with all its darkness, knighted by the teachers, fathers, mothers, seniors, and many more. Crippled youth staggers to find its way out of the maze, till fresh air greets at the end of the movie as the new day starts dawning out of the crazy night.
The theme is very rare, as the cinematographic history of India is concerned, though the problem is recurrent at our homes, schools, colleges, offices, bazaars, public transports, parks and even in the cremation ground too. People associated with the film must be very brave in calling a ‘spade’, ‘spade’.
The collage of different situations, characters and their reactions are so neatly woven that you rarely find the time to relax. Sometime it seems that the use of light is so less that you get more suffocated and feel claustrophobic amidst inhuman people. The music and lyrics may not be mind-blowing, but surely play the part of enhancing the different moods. Camera positioning at the staircases is simply superb, as it makes you feel to be really present at the situation. Superb acting and smart editing added the rest to the movie.
However, a number of questions still haunt my mind as I leave unsatisfied. If I have praised the team for their social-responsibility, I mustn’t avoid raising the questions also. Hence, for the team:
Rahul’s father has been made the dark character [I am restraining the use of the word ‘villain’] of the movie. Rarely audience will remember his own difficult childhood configuration to have some sympathy for him. As the man has been portrayed, he seems to be a paranoid, why there is no effort to cure him out of his mental imbalance?
Why not the ladies in the life of Rahul’s father are blamed more overtly? Is it not a riddle that still a man like him manages to get ladies whenever he wants? Or is it still the real portrayal of educated urban Indian ladies?
Why ‘chachu’ was not made responsible for the length of the ‘darkness’ as brought upon by his own brother? Being meek and genteel is not always praiseworthy. Society needs our chachus to be a bit more of ‘mardaana’ or machoism.
The character of Rahul seems to be a bit incoherent to me. The boy from the very first scene seemed to be a bit different from the lot. The fact, that the principal says sorry only to him while expelling the lot of four, shows that he is in some way, a respectable man deserving some honour. He seems to be a sensitive poet, and not just a teen getting indulged in the adolescent trivialities like his other friends. Still, as the movie rolls on, I miss the original charm of his sensibility, especially in the pub scenes making a fool of him. Were the seniors and their shares of experience at the pub really necessary for Rahul to differentiate between real family and inherited family? And he seems to be very late at striking the blow at his father’s face. A sensitive guy like him, befooling himself at the pubs at his father’s expenses in a very critical juncture of his life seems a bit improbable. Though he gets matured at last, he seems to be late at it. Does man has to walk such a long way to get called a man?
Last, but not the least, I do not really believe that children like Arjun would not prefer boarding schools than being with people like his father. For what good reason Arjun was made to say that he did not prefer going to hostel? Hostels are not always crammed with ‘Rathod’s, and what is most important, you meet ‘Maninder’s and other friends there, who in cases, put up a better support than our ‘chachu’s.