May 19, 2010

Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan to Cannes

Who is Vikramaditya Motwane? Everyone seems to be asking this question.

Someone, who has scored big time at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, his debut film Udaan, produced by Anuraag Kashyap
- director of the cult hit Dev D, along with UTV productions, is selected to be screened in the Un Certain Regard category at the festival. Udaan is not only the sole Hindi film to be featured in this category; it is also the only Indian film to make it to the prominent list in the last 7 years. The last movie that made its presence felt in the category was Murali Nair’s Arimpara way back in 2003.

Vivek Bhatia

Udaan marks a prestigious moment in the history of Indian cinema and is surely a dream debut for Motwane as Bollywood movies showcased at Cannes have been few and far between.

According to the official synopsis released by UTV motion pictures, Udaan speaks about Rohan (played by Rajat Barmecha), belonging to a small industrial town of Jamshedpur, who is abandoned for eight years in boarding school. Rohan finds his life being closeted with an authoritarian father and a younger half brother who he didn’t even know existed. Rohan is forced to work against his dream of being a writer and is instead made to study engineering and work in his father’s steel factory. The movie showcases how Rohan tackles the innate struggle of handling family responsibilities or chasing one’s own passion. Would he give in to a future decided by his father? Or would he forge his own life out of given circumstances and pursue his dream of being a writer?

The cast also includes Ronit Roy, Aayan Boradia and Ram Kapoor. The film’s music is composed by Amit Trivedi (from the Dev D fame) and lyricist is Amitabh Bhattachharya.

Motwane has earlier assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali in his earlier projects such as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Devdas (2002). He also has been the screenwriter for Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007) and Dev D (2009). Motwane has heavy experiential knowledge rolled up his sleeve. Undoubtedly his directorial debut film is already being spoken in high regard by the film critics and is enjoying rave reviews in its hometown. With an official screening at the international front, the team of Udaan can surely expect a grand homecoming. Most importantly, no one would now dare ask “Who is Vikramaditya Motwane?”