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8 Nov, 2019
2 hrs 09 mins
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The film tells the story of Bala (Ayushmann Khurana) a man who is balding prematurely and how he copes with the situation. The film also narrates Bala`s relationship with two women played by Yami Gautam and Bhumi Pednekar respectively.
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Verdict: A well-rounded entertainer that shines through its writing. After Sunny Singh overcame his insecurities as a balding young man in Ujda Chaman, it is Ayushmann Khurranas turn to don the bald look in Bala. The actor has already established himself as a master of bold characters with a whole slew of off-beat box office hits and his new avatar is equally interesting. Directed by Amar Kaush... ...Read full review
The plot really is almost as scant as Balas mop, but packaged well enough with glib dialogues and smart tropes such as retro tunes playing on TikTok videos to keep the auds entertained. Given that Bala loves mimicking Bollywood stars (incidentally Khurrana is very good at it in real life too) you can be sure that there are enough laughter inducing moments in store. Good old B-town references like Kaka and Shah Rukh Khan or Ekta Kapoors legendary serials crop up frequently enough to regale the audience. A particularly fun scene is the trio of Abhishek Banerjee, Khurrana and Javed Jafferi channelling their inner Bachchan; superbly timed as Big completes 50 years in cinema. But then, theres only so far that you can go with gimmicks and gags. Niren Bhatts sharp dialogues work well but the story and screenplay falter. ...Read full review
Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar live up to expectations by delivering fine performances, and Yami Gautam as the somewhat frivolous professional model Pari Mishra displays a talent for comedy here that will hopefully be explored in future films. The trio are backed by a fabulous ensemble of supporting actors, each jostling with the other in the run-up to a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Every single one of them, including the lesser-known faces (Dheerendra Gautam playing Bala`s younger brother, Sumit Arora as his boss) is given space to shine and they chew up the screen in those moments. ...Read full review
Bala benefits no end from the quality of the performances as well as from its empathy for the idiosyncrasies of small town folk, but it is the writing that is its Samson`s hair: the film`s power flows principally from it. The screenplay is indeed King here. Yes, with a capital K. ...Read full review
But overall, `Bala` remains a light-hearted comedy with situations that are relatable. Just like the films message, `Bala` is beautiful even with its flaws, and never fails to entertain. ...Read full review
Supported very ably by his two leading ladies, Ayushmann Khurrana cuts a sympathetic figure as another not-instantly-likeable loser. Watch how he tears into his father for passing down the baldness gene. Never understating the troubling blackface of Bhumis character, the truth is that the film is consistently enjoyable. ...Read full review