The cast and crew of Udta Punjab launched the first look of the film, which highlights the rampant issue of drug abuse among youth in Punjab.
Abhishek Chaubey, Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor attend the launch of the first look of their upcoming film, Udta Punjab, in Mumbai. The film addresses the issue of rampant drug use in Punjab. Sachin Gokhale/Firstpost
Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh at the launch of the first look of Udta Punjab. The movie is expected to release on 17 June. Sachin Gokhale/Firstpost
Both Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor will be seen in deglamorous roles. Alia plays a migrant Bihari labourer while Kareena essays the role of a doctor determined to stop drug usage. Shahid Kapoor plays a high-on-drugs, long haired rockstar Tommy Singh, who sings with glee and abuses with impunity. Dosanjh, a singer, plays a police officer in the film. Sachin Gokhale/Firstpost
The stars of Udta Punjab pose with Ekta Kapoor, who has produced the film with her mother Shobha Kapoor under their banner Balaji Motion Pictures in association with Phantom Films. Sachin Gokhale/Firstpost
Apart from the lingo and her body language, Alia has decided to go for a darker skin tone to match her character of a Bihari migrant labourer. She will present a wheatish skin tone in the film. Sachin Gokhale/Firstpost
Kareena Kapoor will be seen essaying the character of Dr Preet Sahani, who leaves her cushioned life to move to the heartland of Punjab to tackle the drug menace in the state. Sachin Gokhale/Firstpost
"It's (drug addiction) an issue that needs to be addressed... for the parents and the children, it's a real issue. I think it was very courageous on Abhishek's part to dedicate almost three years of his life on something he felt needed to be spoken about," Shahid said. Sachin Gokhale/Firstpost