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Inside Udta Punjab: This is how villagers are battling drugs

udtaaThe film Udta Punjab stars Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh in focal roles. Its trailer has hit Punjab hard, as it shows glimpse into the state’s drug problem. The story is about four people in the state, who fight drug addiction in different ways, the story includes- a rockstar, a migrant labourer, a doctor and a police officer.

With rising political slugfest and the constant brawl amid the makers of Udta Punjab and the Censor Board winning all the publicity, the film has apparently turned into an intense controversy. But the main purpose behind making the movie has been forgotten, that is solving drug problems and drug abuse issues.

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Punjab has a severe drug problem and no one can deny it. Almost 50% drug-related cases in the country are from Punjab alone, according to Narcotics Control Bureau’s reports. The village Maqboolpura near Amritsar, is distressingly named the ‘Village of Widows’ as almost every home there has lost a member due to drugs.

Punjab is not facing an easy fight. To end Punjab’s drug epidemic, everybody will have to come together and make it happen. Raising awareness is important, what Udta Punjab is doing, is just the first step in this fight.

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A government school teacher- Ajit Singh, has a tiny home in Maqboolpura. He runs a school, Citizen Forum Vidya Mandir, for poor children who are affected by drug abuse and whose parents are drug addicts. Ajit Singh is doing his best he can with the help of his humble school, in such a village where everyone is growing under the haze of drugs.

We hope more vigilant people like these come up with dreams to shun off the drug menace in the state.

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