July 01, 2010
My First Flight
“Read the script of Udaan… So well written… I wish I were a part of this film.” - My diary entry dated 25th May, 2009.
“Congratulations Saty. You have been asked to write poems and a short story for Anurag Kashyap’s next production Udaan which is being directed by Vikramaditya Motwane.” – My brother’s SMS dated 8th June 2009.
“ Talked to Mummy. I hope they are glad. I don’t know…” – My diary entry, same day.
“Vikram gave me my cheque, signed by Anurag Kashyap. I do not have a Xerox copy of my first paycheque, but I’m definitely going to keep one of this.” – Diary entry, 28th June 2009.
“It was a strange feeling, definitely. I could feel goose bumps all over me as Rohan started narrating my poem on screen. Although I wasn’t satisfied with the way the poems appear, I liked the movie. I’m happy with the way it has shaped up. I’m satisfied with Vikram’s direction and impressed by the 16mm-sync sound he has used. And I would ask my friends to go watch the film.” – on Udaan’s rough-cut screening, 11th Jaunary, 2010.
“What a news! What a start!! Udaan has been selected for Cannes. Un Certain Regard. Vikram is so happy and proud. He must be. What a great beginning for him! It is competing with 18 other films, one of which is Godard’s!” – Diary entry, 15th April, 2010.
“Udaan doesn’t quite soar.” – a not-so-positive review by Gautaman Bhaskaran from Cannes.
“well made, involving…” – Roger Ebert from Cannes.
“… unlikely to secure widespread critical support but… even the most cynical might find it hard not to respond with a lump in their throat.” – Allan Hunter from Cannes.
“…a well told story that speaks from the heart and goes right through it.” – Fatema Kagalwala from Cannes.
“I complete two years in Mumbai today. What a journey it has been!” – Diary entry, 30th June, 2010.
‘UDAAN’ RELEASES ON 16TH JULY.
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