After the masala belching treat that was Dabaang, next comes an unpretentious Udaan in my movie queue and it was beautiful/poignant/delightful from the first frame of kanti shah ke angoor to the ‘run forrest run’ types final chase.
Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane (also the screen writer for another of my favorites Dev-D) + lilting music by Amit Trivedi (another favorite) + lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and Anurag Kashyap (anything with AK’s involvement is pure win, at least for me) + Rajat Barmecha (he’s awesome as the protagonist with a pocket full of sunshine/mind full of poems/bottle full of anger; reminds me of a certain Shreyas Talpade)
Lots of my personal life experience references are trying to pop up as I type so I’ll try to keep it short : an authoritative father (check) + getting caned a lot (check) + writer dreams (check) + drab mechanical engineering spent day dreaming (big check) + mauj/masti (small check) + rebellion (small check) + breaking free in a moment of clarity (cross) + balls (cross)
And pure Hindi dialogues with little bit of English here and there; how long has it been since something like this has happened.
bottom line : if you had to watch only one Hindi film in 2010 let it be Udaan.
ek udaan kab talak yun kaid rahegi
Roko na chod do isse
ek udaan hi sapno ko zindagi degi
Sapno se jod do isse
p.s. yet to see Nagesh Kukunoor’s Aashayein. Heard good stuff about it too.