Friends, here is my translation of Daljit Ami’s much appreciated review of Udta Punjab. A lot of friends had asked for a translation. All errors in the copy are mine. Please comment on the note itself. Helps us understand your views in context.
Archive for June, 2016
Friends, drugs are a huge aspect of mental health of the society. When we have a movie on drug addiction, I also see the film as a social act: what does it do to solve the society’s issues? Here is my comment piece on Udta Punjab in The Hindu Business Line.
The movie raises a great question: What is Punjab? Is Punjab a land? Is Punjab a bond? Is Punjab a vision for which Sartaj is willing to let go of his brother, even implicate himself?
The film also compromises a fundamental weapon in the real war on drugs the people are fighting on the ground in Punjab.
Friends, Scroll.in has been kind to ask me to elaborate my yesterday’s post. I discuss how the Badals tame Punjab and what they should have done instead of perpetuating denial. The task is still ahead of anyone who wants to come into power in Punjab in the next elections.