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“Udta Punjab” is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language crime drama film directed by and starring an ensemble cast including , , Khan, and . The film focuses on the drug abuse problem in the northern Indian state of Punjab.

“Udta Punjab” follows the lives of four individuals whose paths cross as they struggle with drug addiction in Punjab. Tommy Singh (played by ) is a successful musician who becomes addicted to drugs and is forced to confront his addiction. Dr. Preet Sahni (played by Khan) is a doctor who runs a rehabilitation center and is trying to help addicts recover. Mary Jane (played by ) is a migrant worker who gets involved in drug trafficking. Sartaj Singh (played by ) is a police officer who is trying to bust the drug mafia.

“Udta Punjab” received critical acclaim for its performances, direction, and social message. It was also embroiled in controversy as the Central Board of Film Certification demanded multiple cuts to the film, citing concerns about its depiction of drug use in Punjab. The controversy sparked debates about censorship in India and drew attention to the issue of drug abuse in the state.

“Udta Punjab” received several awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for , the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for , and the National Film Award for Best Background Score. The film was also nominated for Best Film at the Filmfare Awards.

Despite the controversy, “Udta Punjab” was a commercial success and gained popularity for its portrayal of a social issue that had been largely ignored by mainstream Hindi cinema. The film's impact was also felt beyond the entertainment industry, as it drew attention to the drug problem in Punjab and led to discussions about ways to address the issue.

Directed by
Produced by Shobha Kapoor
Ekta Kapoor

Aman Gill
Sameer Nair
Madhu Mantena
Screenplay by
Story by
Starring ,
Music by Original Songs:
Amit Trivedi
Background Score:
Benedict Taylor
Naren Chandavarkar
Cinematography Rajeev Ravi
Edited by Meghna Sen
Balaji Motion Pictures
Phantom Films
Distributed by Balaji Motion Pictures
White Hill Studios
Release date 17 June 2016
Running time 147 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget ₹40 crore
Box office est. ₹96.1–99.7 crore

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