Film Review: Udta Punjab
Terrific performances anchor this film about Punjab's drug woes
Udta Punjab glamorizes drugs about as much as Saving Private Ryan glamorizes war. Every conceivable negative outcome of drug addiction is laid out in the plainest possible terms: penury, familial divide, self-abasement, violence, apathy. Here’s another thing: those obligatory shots of smoke being luxuriously exhaled, or a junkie’s face subsumed with ecstasy as the needle enters their arm? I can hardly remember any.