Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Yami Gautam
Amar Kaushik

Ayushmann Khurrana has made it his business to bring the common man issues up on the big screen in the most entertaining ways. The fact that he has consistently made a different kind of cinema, shows there is on a dearth of good scripts, just a lack of foresight. After films like Article 15 and its polar opposite, DreamGirl – Khurrana is back with a comedy (once again with a message). With the help of director Amar Kaushik, Ayushmann is weaving a story about acceptance and loving oneself.

Balmukund Shukla is amongst the popular boys in school. He has a sense of humour that brinks at offensive but enjoying popularity is more important than being kind, right? So without much thought, he teases his dark-skinned classmates or even his teacher who is bald. His mimicry skills and his lush hair make him rather attractive to the school populace, but times change. Balmukund aka Bala (Ayushmann Khurrana) might still be the funny man who can make you laugh, but with his receding hairline, his confidence has taken the boot. He tapes the mirror when he looks at himself because he cannot come to terms with his premature hair loss. We all know that the fun at school will not last us a lifetime but for Bala the change hits an all-time extreme. He is demoted at his work, he is not being able to find a girl who will accept him or who he feels confident enough to approach. And life is a mess.

His family and friends are very sympathetic towards his desperation to beat his alopecia. They try everything under the sun and even under the bull to grow some hair, but nothing really works. When wigs are the only option, Bala succumbs. With the puff of hair on his head, his confidence comes back and lady love shines upon his. But how long can he live that lie? What happens when it comes out in the open? When we tease people, we don’t realise how it is to be on the receiving side of the humiliation…. When we are being so conscious about our looks, is it right to judge someone who is equally smitten by the idea of being perfect… There are many things that Bala tries to discuss or at least brush by in the script in its 133minutes screentime. Some interesting, some obvious but it does get the viewer a teeny bit anxious to get on with the script. 

With Ayushmann Khurrana doing what he does the best, there is little scope for others to shine, yet Bhumi Pednekar and Yami Gautam manage to steal some limelight for themselves. Bhumi does need a good makeup person, she lost points in Saand Ki Aankh and now, even this because her make up pulls down her talent. Her skin tone changes with each frame, making it distracting to the eye though she is playing her part perfectly. Her scenes with her aunt, Seema Pahwa are lovely, though.

Yami, on the other hand, doesn’t have too much to do, Bala is once again going to be one of those good films she hitches a ride on without really being the reason for its success but she is good in the part she is given.

Other than Ayushmann Khurrana and Amar Kaushik if anyone deserves praises for Bala it is writer – Niren Bhatt. Bala is one of the better scripts this year, despite its pitfalls. The length of the movie, the music of the film and even the prosthetics in the film could have been way better but in the small-budget movie scene – Bala might turn out to be the Badshah of Bollywood.


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