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Uda Aida Movie Review: Linguistic lessons delivered right

Uda Aida Movie Review: Punjabi Mania presents before you full movie review of upcoming Punjabi movie named ‘Uda Aida’.

Cast: Tarsem Jassar, Neeru Bajwa, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Karamjit Anmol and BN Sharma.

Director: Ksshitij Chaudhary.

Producer: Rrupaali Gupta, Deepak Gupta, Ksshitij Chaudhary and Naresh Kathooria .

Music: R Guru and Gurcharan Singh.

Genre: Comedy, Drama.

Running Time: 136 minutes (U certified).

Given the names involved, ‘Uda Aida’ had promised a lot since Day 1. Right from its director to the lead pair to the subject, the movie had given the impression of being liked by the audiences. Upon its release, it would not be wrong to say that Uda Aida has ticked most boxes of expectations.

The movie starts with the wedding scene of the lead pair – Tarsem Jassar and Neeru Bajwa. Soon, they have a son who grows up and the parents want nothing but the best for their kid. Fascinated by English, Bajwa badly wants her son to learn the language even if it comes at the expense of unlearning one’s own language (Punjabi, in this case). It is her desperation which becomes the motivating factor behind her changing her son’s school, an English medium one at that.

The change in her son’s schools has severe ramifications on the whole family. In a bid to fulfill the demands, the pair is seen making significant changes to their lifestyle. The fact that they themselves enroll to learn English speaks highly about the sacrifices which parents make for their children.

Talking about the actors in the movie, Jassar once again stood tall on the expectations bestowed upon him. In his fourth movie as a lead actor, he seems to have been dwelling well into the craft, something which is highly likely to yield fruits for him in the times to come. Jassar’s speech in the end is arguably one of the highlighted moments of the film. In what is both well written and well enacted, it has high probability of leaving the audiences’ eye moist.

On the other hand, Bajwa put on display an outstanding performance. For someone who belongs to Canada, portraying a role of a villager (who doesn’t know English) without letting it being visible on the silver screen calls for approbation.

In Gurpreet Ghuggi, BN Sharma and Karamjit Anmol, Uda Aida is carried along well with the presence of three eminent names in the Punjabi film industry. In their respective roles, all the three actors convulse the audiences with laughter. The best part about the same is that none of it happens in a forced manner. Poppy Jabbal, who made her debut in ‘Mahi NRI’ (2017), made optimum use of her meaty role.

Director Ksshitij Chaudhary, who is mostly known for directing comedy movies, has put a coup under his belt in Uda Aida. The movie will go down as an exemplary effort when it comes to making movies on societal lines. The intelligent attempt encompasses comedy and the vital subjects beautifully.

The highlight of the movie is how Chaudhary has induced jocularity from children. Despite having outstanding comedians in the cast, Chaudhary resisted the temptation of overusing them. Instead he ended up giving them restricted roles, finding comedy from other organic sources.

Much like Chaudhary, writer Naresh Kathooria also deserves a lot of admiration for penning down the script in a way that the movie nor becomes a documentary neither ends up as a mere laugh riot. Kathooria appeared to have taken care of how both the things remain balances and neither of them surpasses the other one.

Music of the film is good enough to see the film through. While the title track ‘Uda Aida’ is being already liked by the audiences, the Halloween-based song named ‘Disco’ is sure to tickle the dancer in you.

There’s a small line in the film which says, ‘Angrezi sikho, par Punjabi na bhullo’. Uda Aida will make you realise the importance of one’s mother tongue and how efforts should be made to save it. This one is a Must Watch for all ages and I am pretty sure that the Punjabi in you will feel proud of being a Punjabi after watching the movie.

Ratings – 4/5.

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