U/A Movie 02 Hours 09 Minutes English 2019


Star Cast: Bhumi Pednekar, Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam and Javed Jaffrey

Directors: Amar Kaushik

Producer: Dinesh Vijan

In Theaters: 8 November 2019

Ayushmann Khurrana holds the fort once more, never once losing his sense of timing whether he’s angry, at his wits’ end or being romantic or comic.

8th November 2019 | 06:16 AM (IST)

Last week, the story of a sullen, prematurely balding young man had felt like a bad hair day. But the same premise in the hands of an efficient story teller makes you feel so satisfied.

Amar Kaushik who crafted a well-rounded thriller called Stree last year, does it again. Brimming with humour, there’s the ultimate social message that it doesn’t matter whether you’re short, dark, balding or fat. There are other elements that define who you are.

But it takes a few home truths for Bala to come to terms with it.

Bala’s pride even as a schoolboy was his head of beautiful wavy hair which he’d toss around, flinging his arms wide like Shah Rukh Khan and mimicking every known actor. Making fun of a dark classmate or a balding teacher was part of his swagger.

But by the time he’s 25, he loses much of his hair and his cocky confidence with it. ‘Hair loss is identity loss,’ he rues. At one point of frustration he blames his balding father for the bad genes. But Bala’s desperation, his efforts to sprout hair and the many options he toys with are narrated with much mirth. Romance blooms too but hiding the bald truth comes with a hefty price tag.

Bala is blasé as he peddles a range of fairness products in the strong belief that fair is beautiful. That also takes a while for him to realise that embracing who you are, as you are, is real beauty.

Niren Bhatt and Ravi Shankar Muppa’s writing sparkles. They sprinkle wit, warmth and wholesomeness all over like detailing every member of Bala’s family and their equations to create a lovable unit. The witty dialogues sometimes turn naughty too.

Undoubtedly, Ayushmann Khurrana holds the fort once more, never once losing his sense of timing whether he’s angry, at his wits’ end or being romantic or comic. Gorgeous Yami Gautam manages to make Pari the ravishing model for whom looks do matter, come across as vulnerable and not like a vamp. Bhumi Pednekar who opts to go dark is feisty as required. An assortment of actors like Seema Pahwa and Saurabh Shukla make relationships strong even as they add to the general fun.

Verdict: For a film that packages a substantial message with non-stop entertainment, Bala gets a 4* rating.

Direction: 4*

Story: 3.5*

Screenplay: 3.5*

Dialogues: 3.5*

Music: 2.5*

Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.

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