IMDB Rating: 7.8 out of 10
Koimoi Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Duration: 2 hours 13 minutes
Bala Movie Release date: 7 November 2019
Bala Movie Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Bhumi Pednekar, Saurabh Shukla, Abhishek Banerjee, Jaaved Jaaferi, Seema Pahwa, Dheerendra Gautam
Director: Amar Kaushik
Producer: Dinesh Vijan
Editor: Hemanti Sarkar
Cinematography: Anuj Rakesh Dhawan
Music Director: Sachin Sanghvi and Jigar Saraiya
Ayushmann Khurrana, who has conquered the business when it comes to impersonating flawed, vulnerable men with self-confidence concerns, maintains his winning streak with Bala. In this instance, he’s impersonating a young man dealing with premature balding, and the movie employs that premise to build a case against judging people based on their physical appearance. The Bala movie review has crowned Ayushmann as the Midas of Bollywood.
Anchored in Kanpur, the movie depicts the tale of Balmukund Shukla (in short ‘Bala’), a stud in his school whose silky sleek hair makes him the popular boy in his class. Shift to his mid-20s, and he has a bald pate. His childhood sweetheart has forsaken him, every girl that meets him for matrimony catches one glimpse at his bald head and runs away shrieking. He further gets demoted at his workplace where he sells ‘Pretty You’ fairness creams and endures relentless humiliation because he looks older for his age and therefore cannot be in marketing.
Bala seeks innumerable treatments to get his self-esteem back but to no advantage. In his complete struggle, he has a solid backing of his beautiful family, his parents, his brother, and friends.
After numerous disappointing efforts at growing new hair, Bala settles with fastening a patch of hair on his head gifted by his father, Bala accuses of his defective genes. Next springs the love story between Bala and Pari (Yami Gautam), the face of the fairness cream he markets and a TikTok sensation. Bala then takes you through multiple twists, turns, and rolls out to be laughter uproar.
Ayushmann’s impression of the Bollywood actors is just spot on and demonstrates well, yet again, why Mr. Khurrana deserves another National Award. Nowhere through the movie does it seem that he is doing something extra. He understands where to put salt, where sugar is required, and how much volume of the rest of the spices are needed to make it a well-balanced event.
While Ayushmann knocks the ball out of the court with his depiction of Balmukund, Yami is astute as Pari. She is convincing as a small town ‘TikTok sensation’, and she doesn’t have to go out of her way to portray it.
Bhumi Pednekar impersonates Latika, a dark-complexioned lawyer, who is confident in her skin. She is the embodiment of feminism and doesn’t compromise on her beliefs no matter what. However, her aunt, stupendously acted by Seema Pahwa, is hell-bent on seizing her a man by making her photographs many tones fairer on Instagram. From Abhishek Banerjee and Saurabh Shukla to Jaaved Jaaferi, each artist has performed their role with an essence that is unparalleled to themselves. Vijay Raaz, as the storyteller, warrants special notice.
From the societal symbol of beauty to gender stereotypes, Bala challenges several forbidden issues and that too without negotiating on the laughter. The creators have made the movie with the compassion it needs to deal with such problems without being cumbersome and harming anyone’s predilections. The writing by Niren Bhatt is astute, creative, and modern.
There are numerous moments in the film, which reveal the hard reality of our society. One instance where Bachchan Bhaiya (Jaaved Jaaferi) shows Bala that ours is a patriarchal society where the imperfections of a man are overlooked but women are ridiculed for their faults their whole life, intrude right into the heart.
Bala movie review, however, has pointed out some trivial flaws in the otherwise excellent cinematic delight. While it accomplishes for most parts, the way, the makers managed Bhumi Pednekar’s persona Latika is a tad disappointing. Converting a fair-skinned girl into a dark-skinned one, which doesn’t look steady in the movie, is inexcusable. The makers should have opted for a cast whose semblance resembled the character requirement.
The music of Bala is produced by Sachin-Jigar, and the movie has five tracks. As per the Bala movie review, every song correlates well with the story, the controversial Don’t Be Shy song begins in the end and has no consequence in the whole movie.
Bala, which opened with a stupendous ₹ 10.15 crore on its 1st day at the theatres, went on to collect ₹ 43.95 crores and ₹ 72.24 crores on its 1st weekend and by the end of the 1st week respectively. The final Bala box office collections stand at ₹ 116.38 crores and it was declared super-hit by the critics.
Bala is not just an ode to the Bollywood industry but also its valuable critique, which challenges the stereotypes established by the cinema about beauty. As per the Bala movie review, the film oozes a feel-good warmness you were expecting for so long.