In the movie, Rohan (Rajat Barmecha) has been abandoned for eight straight years in boarding school. Now he returns to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur and finds himself closeted with a strict and severe father and a younger half brother Rohan didn’t even know existed.
Rohan is forced to work in his father’s steel factory and study engineering against his wishes – not the life he had been dreaming of for the past eight years! And so Rohan does his best to create his own future out of his given circumstances and pursue his ambition of being a writer.
Talking about the story line, real-life writer Vikramaditya Motwane says he gave the first draft to director Anurag Kashyap to read. He gave it back to Vikram, went back to what he was doing, and said that one day he and nobody else would produce the film. It took time, effort and money, but the result is what the writer always wanted.
‘It is the journey of a teenage boy wanting to break free from his shackles,’ Vikramaditya. ‘Not surprisingly, it echoes parts of my life.’
The single word of the title literally means to take flight.
Vikramaditya says ‘It is a film that has been made with a lot of honesty and dedication by a fantastic crew who were willing to come on board because of the script and the film that I was trying to make.’
Udaan was officially selected to compete in the 2010 Cannes Film Festival ‘Un Certain Regard’ (A Certain Look). The category was introduced twelve years ago to recognize young talent and encourage innovative and daring work. ‘It is very humbling and encouraging,’ Vikramaditya says. ‘We hope it’s just the beginning of great things to come for us, and for independent filmmakers in India.’