The release of ‘Udta Punjab’ completed 5 years, not Shahid Kapoor but this actor was the first choice of the film
The release of ‘Udta Punjab’ has completed for 5 years. The film’s screenwriter Sudeep Sharma has made an interesting revelation about the character of ‘Tommy Singh’ in the film. On the completion of 5 years of the film, Sudeep said, “Shahid Kapoor was our second choice for the character of Tommy Singh.
We thought of casting Pakistani British actor Riz Ahmed for the role of Tommy Singh in this film. Sudeep says, “I was so impressed especially after seeing Riz Ahmed’s acting in Nightcrawler that we were thinking of casting Riz in this film. We never thought that we will cast any Bollywood actor for the character of Tommy Singh in the film.
Talking to Film Companion, Sudeep says, “Riz is a great actor. And I love his movie ‘Nightcrawler’. He was not even such a big star at that time. So we could think of casting him in the film ‘Udta Punjab’. Ridge fits perfectly in the role of Tommy Singh. When you are casting the film, desires run like a horse at a high speed.’
Significantly, the story of the film ‘Udta Punjab’ revolves around a serious drug-related case of the young generation of Punjab. The songs of the film also became quite popular. However, the film had to face the wrath of the censor board and many scenes of the film were removed by the censor board as obscene. Directed by Abhishek Choubey, the film stars Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shahid Kapoor, and Diljit Dosanjh. appeared in the lead roles.