02 Hours 00 Minutes
Star Cast: Sunny Singh, Maanvi Gagroo, Saurabh Shukla and Karishma Sharma
Directors: Abhishek Pathak
Producer: Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak
In Theaters: 1 November
"Bad Hair Day"- Once more, let’s lament the lack of writing and filmmaking skills.
Once more, let’s lament the lack of writing and filmmaking skills.
The story of 30-year-old Hindi professor Chaman Kohli whose receding hairline is ridiculed by all and rejected by every girl in town could’ve been a crackling comedy with a substantial core.
Director Abhishek Pathak does start off well with the portrait of a typical Punjabi family that’s overt with its emotions and anxious to see Chaman get married before he’s doomed to remain a celibate.
But Pathak plods with his story telling and packs it with an in-your-face predictability. The unrelenting taunts about Chaman’s premature balding are too tediously exaggerated to be witty. The sudden interest shown in him by a student is so obvious that you know where it’s leading and the choice of an outdated, overloud background score makes you want to tear your hair.
When Chaman and Apsara first meet each other, he sees only her excess weight and she sees only the lack of hair on his head. The final point made about body-shaming and looking beyond the external makes a worthy story. But what a laborious route the screenplay takes to get to the point.
There’s also convenient writing with a pretty colleague at Chaman’s workplace making blatant overtures to him. And the love story of another staffer which has an expected outcome. Two tracks that make Chaman wake up and realise what an ideal marriage should be all about. But the gradual build-up to where his heart is pointing him goes missing from the screenplay.
Perky Maanvi Gagroo makes the heavy Apsara a rather likeable character. Unfortunately, the focus is on the hero who doesn’t exude the basic quality that irrespective of his flaws, he must be endearing.
The bald truth is that a promising storyline ends up as cheerless because of uninspired writing, an unsubtle background score and an unanimated performance by Sunny Singh. His sullen, dull one-expression face makes Chaman Kohli quite a tiresome hero to watch.
Verdict: For a comedy on relationships that doesn’t draw laughter or tug at the heart, Ujda Chaman gets a 2* rating.
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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