Monday, June 20, 2016

An abrupt ending or a new beginning? #udtapunjab

And then every morning I think of a new beginning when in deep of my hearts, I know there is nothing such to begin with. Where we are so engrossed in resolving our small trivialities we often come across the harsh realities like #udtapunjab and overlook them to again let our regular chaos overtake the big issues.
I am in a regular boring meeting when I am writing this, people talking and laughing over irrelevant stuff around, discussing over their sunday vows and shopping tales, waiting for the meeting to begin, I just looked at each face for a moment and even heard some talking about the abrupt ending of the movie I watched the previous day. Although among too many informal meetings and ‘hellos’ to the irrelevant people on a busy Sunday, I didn’t get time to go deep inside the cruciality of the matter I came across yesterday, yet I couldn’t get the film and the character out of my mind for a moment. The most apparent reason for this could be ‘I am from the same state’ damn man! That’s right. And a thought about it leaves me drained to the deep inside. 

Over the reviews with such an earnest desire, I made plan with a friend on Saturday itself and so we reported on time for the show. We heard pre-views of the ramblers outside the cinema hall, some of them were already feeling gauche due to the overrated reviews regarding the foul language used in the film. All right guys!!! There is no foul language in the film first because that is something very common in the ‘sacred’ Punjab. Pun Intended. People actually talk like that here and I can assure being the native. I am still not getting something the censor board wanted to put a ban on. I actually went through the list of 94 effective cuts censor board proposed before the movie release and felt scared of the left out cinema I were to watch if this would’ve happened in actual. The censor board wanted to take away the reality of the characters to leave it to no other than a commoner. 

The script is woven with characters so intricately that you don’t feel any stardom like while watching the film. You just feel that you are roaming in the streets of Punjab and moving with the lives of the four characters fighting and trying to understand the system and its faults. You feel helpless at many times when you see a migrant girl from Bihar gazing at a street hoarding to lead her fantasies about the holiday at Goa more engraved. She thinks that a perfect life. You feel determined with Dr. Preet Sahni and a regular inspector Sartaj to welcome a change by bringing the issue in limelight and helping the state to get rid of the drug menace. You feel empathize with Tommy Singh when he portray as someone who didn’t have any idea of the influence he had made over million lives and ruined them over times. You just feel to become the part of their journey. You just feel helpless about the abrupt ending of the movie but somewhere knows that it’s the real Punjab, where issues like that have been discussed and given a full stop just like that. 

This took me almost half the day when meetings are over, works done, promises made, food eaten, stories shared, reviews shared but the question is still the same- Where and when will the change happen? When and how will we put a stop to our regular worries and realize the gravity of the issue?
Its time for the change. Be the part of it. Support the cinema like #udtapunjab.

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