Movie Review: UDAAN (2010)
There’s been a few times I’ve mentioned in my movies reviews that, I’m not a big fan of slow talky movies. I can appreciate and respect them for sure… but they make me want to nap… more so than usual. However, a recent watch was actually able to engage me in a way, that despite there being only all of maybe 3 scenes of actual excitement generating action… I was still hooked and couldn’t stop watching.
Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Stars
UDAAN happens to be the story of a youth that, due to a childish mistake, ends up having to live with his disapproving father who crushes all his hopes and dreams, and there doesn’t seem to be any way out. This doesn’t only apply to the storyline, but also the film itself. After most of the film is over, I still had no clue what the upswing of the film itself was; a chance meeting with a mentor who teaches the young man to rise up and follow his dreams? A turning point where he stands up for himself followed by a happy ending? Something… But nothing. The pacing of the film imitates the emotions of the main character… hopeless, desponded; every scene is a minute of dread, worrying about the possible horrible-ness that may ensue.
Debut actor Rajat Barmecha does such a soulful take of this boy who has such dreams of creativity, yet has to endure constant emotional beat down from his strict father. Sent back home from boarding school for a prank, the character of Rohan has to reintegrate his life with that of his strict father who hadn’t visited him in 8 years, and a 6 year old step brother he didn’t even know existed. Having his career path decided for him, at the expense of his own dreams, UDAAN is about this young man’s endurance into this life of constant emotional torture and humiliation. Despite having spoken up about his desire to be a writer, his father constantly puts down Rohan; his manhood questioned and condescended for not being more like him. A father akin to that of a drill sergeant, yet crueler is what the two sons have to deal with at home everyday.
The best thing about UDAAN is that the storyline is not in any way clichéd or contrived. The father, as a villain for all intents and purposes, is a very rounded character that truly does want the best for his kids… however goes about it in the worst way possible. Ronit Roy makes us hate him so much, yet some scenes make us almost sympathize for him, and others make us smile at his love for his sons. His complete back and forth in a way is the most realistic portrayal of a horrible father, as not all bad fathers are clear cut evil, as much the children may believe them to be.
As far as stories go, this film doesn’t give you anything you expect from a film of this ‘type’. However, the ending does leave one with a sense of closure, despite the craziness that precedes it. UDAAN is a very subtle approach to film making that doesn’t even rely on heavy dialogue or convolutes a script with too many scenes. The performances are honestly superb. The painfully slow slow scenes sans dialogue are very effective in enhancing the rest of the film that much more.
UDAAN is one of those once in a while films, that happen to come from makers that can be considered as commercially mainstream, however with no star power or anything else that this film had going for it, it still comes off as an incredibly strong film that portrays everything in such a realistic light, that one can’t help but smile as it’s eventual conclusion. The soundtrack does an awesome job of conveying the emotions of the main character on screen to the audience in sync with everything else. UDAAN is definitely a must watch for those who appreciate good cinema.