There are few people in the world who had the privilege of being raised by responsible parents while few faced the hardship, trouble and pain as they fell into the wrong hands. Released in 2010, Udaan talks about the later part. Let us find out why it should definitely be there on your watchlist as it completes 11 years today.
Udaan released on 16th July, 2010 and clashed with much hyped film, Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu starrer Lamhaa. Based on the story written by Vikramaditya Motwane in 2003, there were hardly any takers for Udaan who would want to invest in film like this as it did not have any commercially-viable actor. The film was stuck for almost 7 years until Anurag Kashyap stepped in and decided to produce the film along with Sanjay Singh and Ronnie Screwvala from UTV.
Set in a beautiful city of Jamshedpur, Udaan is a coming-of-age story of Rohan (Rajat Barmecha), who has a troubled relationship with his abusive father, Bhairav Singh (Ronit Roy). He wants to break the shackles and live a free-spirited life but does not have the guts to leave his father.
First time directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, Udaan focuses on typical issue of teenagers in India, who have gone through severe pain inflected by their alcoholic and oppressive father which has left their dreams shattered. Many teenagers hope of doing something in life but their dreams are always hacked down into pile of dust by the captain of the ship who thinks their child are not capable of doing anything. Very few have guts to go out of way and chase their passion and even achieve glory. This is where Udaan earned brownie points.
The songs of Udaan is beautifully penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya only to be further enhanced with brilliantly composed by Amit Trivedi. You will fall in love with the city of Jamshedpur as it is skillfully captured with the cinematography of Mahendra Shetty. Coming to the performances, Udaan stands on the shoulders of two actors – Rajat Barmecha who will surprise you with frustrated-yet-full-of-hope, Rohan, and Ronit Roy, who probably has given the best performance of his career as a stubborn and selfish father. Ram Kapoor is yet another under-rated actor who deserves to respected for the talent he hones. Anand Tiwari shines in a small role while the child actor, Aayan Boradia, was superb.
According to the Boxofficeindia.com, UTV produced Udaan was released to just 225 screens to Rs 28 lakh. Udaan collected Rs 1.28 crore in its first weekend and went onto collect Rs 2.04 crore in its first week. Udaan ended its theatrical run with Rs 3.06 crore against a budget of Rs 4.50 crores and turned out to be “Flop” at the box office, unfortunately.
Nevertheless, Udaan gained cult status among the viewers for last 10 years, holding a rating of 8.2 from 41k users in IMDB.com