Verdict: A fun Bollywood comedy that also carries substance.
The official remake of debutant actor-filmmaker Raj B Shetty’s Kannada film Ondu Motteya Kathe, Ujda Chaman tells the story of a 30-year-old balding bachelor who’s looking for a bride. The Bollywood comedy stars Sunny Singh in the lead role and is director Abhishek Pathak feature debut.
What’s Ujda Chaman About:
30-year-old bachelor Chaman Kohli (Sunny Singh) is on the hunt for his future bride but seems to be low on luck because of one major roadblock – he’s balding. His loving yet concerned parents (Atul Kumar & Grusha Kapoor) are eager to support him through multiple failed marriage proposals. Then arrives another concern. After consulting an astrologer they fondly call Guru ji (Saurabh Shukla), he and his family are told that if he isn’t married before he turns 31, he’ll remain celibate his entire life. So the hunt becomes frantic and Chaman tries everything he can to find love, including dating apps. He encounters a girl named Apsara (Maanvi Gagroo) on Tinder and their blind date turns south leading to a whole chain of unexpected events. Chaman is finally forced to confront his insecurities and embrace his inner beauty.
Director Abhishek Pathak and writer Danish Singh successfully ride the wave of more uniquely relatable concepts in Bollywood movies with Ujda Chaman. You’re guaranteed to sympathize with Sunny Singh’s Chaman because you’ve either experienced his struggles with baldness firsthand or know someone who has. Along with portraying that credible picture, the films also treats us to some hilariously relatable bits about arranged marriages, blind dates, and liberal Indian parents. Speaking of, Atul Kumar & Grusha Kapoor as Chaman’s parents are a memorable delight in this film. Meanwhile, Maanvi Gagroo is another unexpected surprise. This satire rises above just comedy into a commentary of society’s obsession with outer beauty once her character joins the plot. With the addition of that element, Ujda Chaman becomes a well-rounded entertainer that moves further than its premise and gives you something to think about.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Sunny Singh’s performance may seem a bit dreary but that only makes you feel more empathetic to Chaman’s plight. Meanwhile, Ujda Chaman begins to get monotonous towards the ends of the film’s first half but really picks up with more substance in the second half.
Why You Should Watch:
Watch Ujda Chaman to be treated to a good laugh and also some insights. It’s a convincing satire that does justice to its rare premise.
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