UdaanJuly 16, 2010
Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father.
Release Year: 2010
Rating: 8.2/10 (6,521 voted)
Stars: Sanjay Gandhi, Manjot Singh, Rajat Barmecha
After being abandoned for eight straight years in boarding school, Rohan returns to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur and finds himself closeted with an authoritarian father and a younger half brother who he didn't even know existed. Forced to work in his father's steel factory and study engineering against his wishes, he strives to forge his own life out of his given circumstances and pursue his dream of being a writer.
Writers: Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap
Khushkeran Singh Sandhu
Boy Carrying Trunk
Boy Carrying Trunk
(as MD Nizam)
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Release Date: 16 July 2010
Filming Locations: Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India
Opening Weekend: $2,715
(18 July 2010)
(1 August 2010)
Did You Know?
Was scheduled to go into production in late 2005 as a bouquet of four films from producer Jhamu Sughand. The others were Anurag Kashyap's Gulaal, Sriram Raghavan's Johnny Gaddaar and Abbas Tyrewala's Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. All four films subsequently got stalled and were finished by other producers.
When dreams give you the ability to fly
Udaan must be one of the best Hindi films I've ever seen – realistic,
simple, engaging, riveting, inspiring and deeply moving. Vikramaditya
Motwane's direction deserves the highest of praise, and the script,
written by Motwane and the great Anurag Kashyap, is superbly written.
The film looks authentic and is easy to relate to and yet it has an
impressive larger-than-life quality to it that makes wonders. This
poignant story is brought out exceedingly well on-screen, and the
depiction of the subject matter is brutally honest, at times disturbing
and excruciating and yet totally encouraging. Made with sheer
graciousness and sincerity, Udaan perfectly captures the adolescent
days of a young teenager named Rohan, and it follows his dreams,
desires and growing maturity.
After being in a boarding school for 8 years, Rohan is expelled and is
forced to return to Jamshedpur to live with his terribly authoritarian
father and a younger half-brother about whose existence he never knew.
The story follows Rohan's life with his domineering father, who
maltreats him and disapproves of his dreams to become a writer by
forcing him to study engineering and work at his steel factory, by
treating him like a recruit, by abusing him physically and emotionally,
and by scorning his writing skills. But life there actually causes
Rohan to mature. His pain inspires him to write and he gradually grows
to love his poor and helpless young brother Arjun, who, orphaned from
his mother, equally yet quietly bears the brunt of his father's cruelty
and is intimidated into silence by his despotism.
Udaan is about chasing your dreams and living your life as fully as
possible despite everything. It, in a sense, celebrates the power of
the human spirit, showing us that we can fly very high and fulfill our
most impossible dreams if we only believe in ourselves and summon up
the courage to fight for our happiness. All that is presented through
the character of Rohan, which is incredibly well written. He is smart,
talented, compassionate and he does not spend time feeling sorry for
himself for having a true monster of a father. On the contrary, it
gives him the strength to create and write more, never letting his
father's attempts to morally abuse him into submission deter him, lose
his sense of life or stop writing. That's what makes this movie so
The narrative style is exemplary. The movie is amazingly realistic and
intense and while some may say it is a bit slow in pace, according to
me it's thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating and it kept me on the edge
of my seat. Not even once does it lose its consistency and integrity.
Every scene is brilliantly shot and directed and is important to the
film's proceedings. The portrayal of relationships is also aptly done
here. Rohan's friendship with his schoolmates is portrayed
exceptionally, despite the minimal screen time it's given. You just
feel it's always there. Where its technical aspects go, Mahendra
Shetty's cinematography is fantastic and so is Dipika Kalra's effective
editing. Amit Trivedi's music is absolutely spot on for this movie. The
songs bring the film to life and are truly uplifting and fun.
The acting is roundly excellent by one and all. Even the tiniest roles
look believable and genuine and they greatly contribute to the film.
Rajat Barmecha debuts in this movie in a role that young aspiring
actors can only dream of. He is one of the most promising actors of the
current breed of fresh talents and although he clearly is going to have
a great career, this is probably the role he will be most remembered
for. He acts with complete understanding of the character, making it
very convincing and relatable by naturally displaying Rohan's anguish,
vulnerability and compassion, and later on his coming-of-age, courage
and determination to do it his way.
Ronit Roy is excellent as the merciless father. He manages to be as
hateful as possible, yet at times he shows sparks of regret and
humanity, which may be very few and barely noticeable to some, but are
enough to understand that it is his own weakness and struggle that made
him act as he did. Ram Kapoor in a relatively small part leaves a mark
as the kind uncle of the kids, who is the complete opposite of his
hot-blooded brother. The same can be said about Manjot Singh, who makes
his second film appearance after a memorable performance in Oye Lucky!
Lucky Oye!. His ten-minute role here as Rohan's best friend is so
likable and well-played that you feel like having watched him there
throughout the entire movie.
The film's brightest spot is undoubtedly Aayan Boradia. He is simply
outstanding as Arjun and is easily one of the cutest kids in recent
movies. This is a strikingly convincing portrayal; he smiles very few
times throughout and conveys so much of his loneliness and pain through
his innocent eyes and touching silence, without ever overdoing it. His
quiet suffering and heartbreakingly accepting attitude of growing
without a mother and without the care of a loving parent, on top of
that having a merciless and violent father instead, make you really
feel for him. It's almost impossible to believe anyone could harm such
a poor creature. This is according to me one of the finest performances
by a child actor, up there with the unforgettable Jugal Hansraj of
Udaan does not work because of what it 'has' but more because of what
it 'is', and that's why it's so great. The ending is extraordinary, and
it brings forth the long-awaited catharsis. The climactic sprinting
scene is a triumph on its own – exhilaratingly exciting and hauntingly
memorable. A magnificent song called "Aazaadiyan" perfectly concludes
this terrific story, effectively presenting the film's ultimate 'udaan'
(flight). Udaan is an ineffable cinematic experience and to put it
simply, the best Indian film I've seen in years. Truly one gem of a