During my schooling days in Himachal Pradesh, a fellow student wouldn't long for the annual vacations in December, like all kids generally do. I often wondered why. Much later, I was told that his stern (and over-dominating) father called the shots with a cane in hand and my friend would literally shiver at the very thought of spending the next three months with his family.
We lost touch after we completed schooling and with the passage of time, I forgot all about him. Till I watched Udaan and his face loomed large at the very start of the film. Udaan does that to you!
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 and how he eventually breaks the shackles and frees himself from a world that's slowly suffocating him.
Udaan mirrors the real life and although the plotline is simple and uncomplicated, I must add that simple stories are extremely difficult to narrate. However, debutant director Vikramaditya Motwane remains faithful to the written material and handles the characters in the film with tremendous care, understanding and maturity. I genuinely feel that Udaan borrows something from everyone's life. And that's what makes it an absorbing watch, especially its defining finale.