Movie Review: Bala
Producer- Dinesh Vijan
Director- Amar Kaushik
Star Cast- Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Yami Gautam, Saurabh Shukla, Seema Pahwa and Javed Jafery
Light hearted and Exemplarily Brilliant!
The best thing about the film Bala is that it drives home a [poignant message subtly that we must stop caring about what others thinks of our looks and once we begin valuing ourselves, the world will too. The first half of the film is not only zany but also rip-roaringly funny, simultaneously poignant and insightful as it takes us through the protagonist Bala aka Balmukund Shukla’s journey after he loses his luscious hair in his teens and becomes prematurely bald in his 20s. Balmukund Shukla aka Bala (Ayushmann Khurrana) tries all sorts of hacks to grow back his silky smooth hair, but to no avail. Not only does he lose his hair when he turns 25, but also the only girl Pari (Yami Gautam) who he falls in love with and marries, when she is rudely in for a shock to know that her husband is bald.
Ayushmann Khurrana is excellent as the bald young guy who is pining for a girl as his match and scores in his emotion al as well as mimicry scenes. He plays a real character and the best thing about him is that he never wallows in pity and you can empathize with him easily and connects to you while Yami Gautam is a bit of a letdown in the sense that her character lacks depth and she is seen merely as the puppet of her domineering mother. Incidentally, Dipika Chikalia who had essayed the role of Sita in Ramayan three decades ago puts in a decent and well rounded performance as the greedy mother of the model with credibility.
Bhumika Pednekar walks away with all the accolades in her role of a lawyer which embodies women empowerment as she plays a girl who is confronted permanently with her black complexion. Saurabh Shukla impresses while Seema Pahwa has been wasted in an inane role. So has Javed Jafery been wasted in a role of no consequence.
Where Bala scores over Ujda Chaman is in the department of story, screenplay as well as writing by NIren Bhatt. He pace is quite fast but occasionally the tempo tends to drop and the plot becomes soggy but overall the director succeeds in keeping you engrossed to your seat with the way he has directed the film.
To sum up, I’d say without any doubt that despite its flaws, the film Bala is a light hearted comedy with a difference and is definitely a winner.
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