Udaan - External Reviews

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

Udaan is not justAnurag Kashyap or Vikram Motwane 's life story. Udaan is the story of generations and generations conditioned into thinking that the suffocating expectations their parents endowed on them should be passed on as heritage, if not genetic code to their children. As if, entire lives were ancestral property or an old-old wristwatch - a super-conditional gift that comes with free emotional baggage.



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42 reviewers have given Udaan an average rating of 4.6/5.0 (?)

37 yays
2 nays
3 so-so

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So-So by Usha Lakra, Apun Ka Choice ...amidst all this heap of praises, the movie’s creeping second half can test your patience... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, Asian Age ...director Motwane and his mentor Anurag Kashyap have played their respective roles brilliantly.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...First of all the film is not preachy as it may seem to be from its look and promos.... full review

Thumbs up by Roshni Mulchandani, Bolly Spice ...The film belongs to the actors and in particular Rajat Barmecha... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Poignant, unsettling and disturbing, UDAAN is a brilliant take of an adolescent who has stepped into his teens and how he faces a tyrant father, a step brother he never knew existed ... full review

Thumbs up by Bollyfan, Cinemaa Online ...Rohan’s bottled angst and rebellious streak is brought out very effectively through the opening sequence... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...the father’s weird character remains unexplained and somewhat incomplete... full review

Thumbs up by Priyanka Ketkar, DearCinema ...The movie is brilliantly shot and the scene transition is also pretty smooth... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Film Impressions ...At some point one began to see why the father said, 'Before you fly learn to walk.'... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Motwane gets everything right, from the characterisation, casting, locations and dialogue (the dialect of small-towns in Central India seems perfect) to the dynamics of individual moments... full review

Thumbs up by Vivek Bhatia, Filmfare ...Courtesy Amit Trivedi the music is another high-point of the movie.... full review

Thumbs up filmi cafe ...Ronit Roy makes us wonder where he was for so many years and why he was wasting his amazing acting talent in Saas Bahu serials... full review

Thumbs up by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com ... its simple yet heartrending & relatable story... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, Gomolo.in ...Cinematography by Mahendra Shetty was good, especially in all the Ronit Roy’s scene, Dipika Kalra’s editing was also good... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...Very few films manage to have such effect on their audiences; fewer audiences still prefer such violent checks on their own reality.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...The film's dialogues by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane are sharp and mesh in well with the scenes... full review

Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...dysfunctional families rarely make an appearance in Bollywood... full review

Thumbs up by Mihir Fadnavis, india.com ...the empathy with this apathetic hero is unmistakable and deeply felt.... full review

Thumbs up by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...But the proceedings keep you riveted because the routine is as much unusual to the viewer as much to Rohan. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij Mehta , J.A.M ...Udaan is a sensitive ride that all must experience.... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Amit Trivedi’s music is excellent. ‘Azaadiyaan’, ‘Geet mein dhalte lafzon mein’, ‘Kahani’ and ‘Naav chadhti’ are both, meaningful (lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya) and melodious. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...A dense energy of rage and resentment hang in this home.... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar Joshi , MiD DAY ...Fortunately, he doesn't have to play an annoying screechy kid who acts older than his age. Ram Kapoor impresses... full review

Thumbs up Mixed Bag ...the fine-grained screenplay and the effortless acting made every single moment of the movie deal an emotional equation with the audience. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sid, More Than Films ...tinged with the bitter-sweet emotions of life as we know it... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ... The greatest strength of the movie, despite its rough ends, is its lack of artifice and the director's unrelenting pursuit of his story without taking recourse to any kind of escapism in order to make the bitter pill more palatable. ... full review

Thumbs up by IANS, NDTV ...Udaan will not only resonate with those who had a troubled childhood, but with anyone who has faced oppression, or ever nurtured dreams.... full review

Thumbs up by Kaushik Chatterji, No Quarters ...Very different from the usual and a purely multiplex release, but mainstream nonetheless... full review

Thumbs up by Ajit Duara , Open Magazine ...The empathetic bonding that then takes place between the teenager and the six-year-old, linked by the umbilical cord of a monster father, is the stuff that good cinema is about.... full review

Thumbs up by ~UH~, Passion for Cinema ...Udaan is an in-your-face film about adolescent aspirations and conflicts of tier-2 India... full review

Thumbs up by Magik, Passion for Cinema ...After watching Udaan, I can understand my dad’s predicament much better... full review

Thumbs up by Neeraj Ghaywan, Passion for Cinema ...In that momentary pause you see eight years of his angst... full review

Thumbs up by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema ...The film makes it too easy for you to hate the father and sympathize with the son... full review

Thumbs up by Arati Raval Pandey, Passion for Cinema ...But as the reels unraveled, at it’s own leisurely pace, we were gripped. The usually chatty girls weren’t blinking.... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma , Rediff ...refreshingly distinct and unyielding... full review

Thumbs up by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...How Rohan deals with his dreary life and comes of age is the crux of “Udaan”, but there is so much more this film has to offer... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...some sensitive and humourous moments... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...The kid never allows the more seasoned actors to dominate him.... full review

Thumbs up by Nova, The World As I See It ...The character of Ronit Roy in the movie has sooo many different layers to it that it leaves you baffled!! ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...He has more substantial (read realistic) problems than to find a girlfriend and discover sex, even though his dad does ask him -- in a delightful sequence ... full review

Thumbs up by filmbear, Upper Stall ...Shot on 16 mm, the film struggles technically at times but its flaws are very much in sync with its theme.... full review