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Udaan is a 2010 hindi movie directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, written in collaboration with Anurag Kashyap. I watched Udaan recently, having never even heard about it until the awards season began. After noticing that it was bagging awards left, right and center, my curiosity got the better of me and I has to see what it was all about. Udaan is a small budget movie with no star cast (most of the actors are from television or newcomers), no exotic locales and no song and dance routine. In other words, it is anything but your typical bollywood fare. That is exactly what makes the movie work! The lack of stereotypes and cliches makes it refreshingly different from all the run of the mill movies that are churned out every year. The simple and realistic approach that the film makers have taken in showcasing the story of an adolescent boy who attempts to break free of all the shackles preventing him from living the life he had always dreamed of is incredibly relatable and heart-warming.