Ever since the trailers of Ayushmann Khurana‘s led Bala, and Sunny Singh‘s ‘Ujda Chaman’ were released in the public domain, the two films have grabbed the eyeballs of the audience for their strikingly similar subject, the plot of the story and even posters. A mere look at the trailer reveals that both movies deal with the daily predicaments of the protagonist’s early onset of male pattern baldness. What is even more interesting is the fact that both movies now release in the same week, a day apart from each other. With the matter of clash of release dates listed before the Bombay High Court to decide, the battle between the two films has just got more intense.
It is believed that both the films are inspired by the 2017 Kannada film Ondu Motteya Kathe which interestingly also happened to be the first film to delve into the subject of premature baldness affecting men and was received well by critics and audience alike. Apart from a young man coming to terms with his baldness, an equally exciting theme to watch out for in Bala would be the character of Bhumi Pednekar who plays a dusky complexioned girl in the film. Ujda Chaman, on the other hand, also has an equally compelling subject that of fat and body shaming girls based on their physical appearance.
Though the actual fate of both the movies will be decided in the cinema halls on the D day, for now, we can take delight in the fact that Bollywood is finally addressing and dealing with issues that have a direct bearing on society. Both Bala and Ujda Chaman take a hilarious view of the ordeals that individuals go through daily. In a generation which is obsessed with perfectly angled selfies and projecting themselves in a manner that will garner them most likes on the ubiquitous social media, Bala and Ujda Chaman are indeed refreshing stories that deal with the human folly of attaching undue importance to physical appearance over other factors.