Directed by: Amar Kaushik
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Yami Gautam, Javed Jaffrey, Saurabh Shukla, Seema Pahwa, Manoj Pahwa, Abhishek Banerjee
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Release date: 22 November, 2019
Running Time: 131 Minutes
Bala is an upcoming 2019 Bollywood satirical black comedy film directed by Amar Kaushik and produced by Dinesh Vijan. The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, and Bhumi Pednekar, with Saurabh Shukla, Javed Jaffrey, and Seema Pahwa playing supporting roles. Principal photography began on 6 May 2019 and ended on 1 July 2019. The film is scheduled for release on November 22, 2019.
The film tells the story of Bala (Ayushmann Khurrana), 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.
Bala Movie Production:
The cast of the film was announced by the producer Dinesh Vijan. The film to be directed by Amar Kaushik, is starring Ayushmann Khurrana in titular role, Yami Gautam as supermodel based in Lucknow and Bhumi Pednekar as a dusky small town educated woman. The film marks the third collaboration between Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar after Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017). It also marks the second collaboration between Ayushmann Khurrana and Yami Gautam after Vicky Donor (2012).
The principal photography began on 6 May 2019, and film was shot in Mumbai and Kanpur. Filming concluded on July 1, 2019, with a special party for the wrap up.
The film is set to release on 22 November 2019. The theme poster of Bala was released on 27 May giving release date. The official teaser of the film was released on 26 August 2019 by Maddock Films.
Bala Movie Trailer:
Bala Movie Review:
Ayushmann Khurrana delivers a hilarious film that is also empathetic. Yami Gautam, Bhumi Pednekar and a talented ensemble cast buoy up the Amar Kaushik film.
There is more to a good comedy film than dropping a few clever jokes. Director Amar Kaushik understands the mechanics well – something he displayed earlier in Stree, and Bala takes it a notch higher.
The film starring Ayushmann Khurrana as a prematurely balding man is outrageously hilarious and empathetic at the same time. It introduces a quirky subject and builds on it with a single-minded commitment without meandering towards needless subplots.
Ayushmann is in form, yet again, as he plays an ordinary man with an extraordinary problem. The actor has picked up taboo subjects in the past too, delivering films that are not just entertaining but give life lessons too. Bala, by far, is the funniest of them all and Ayushmann hits the ball out of the court. Despite not being your conventional hero, the actor manages to impress each time.
Set in Kanpur, the film narrates the story of Balmukund Shukla aka Bala (Khurrana), a stud in his school whose silky smooth hair make him the favourite boy in his class. Switch to his mid-20s and he has a bald pate. His childhood sweetheart has left him, any girl he meets him for marriage takes one look at his bald head and runs away screaming. He also gets demoted at his workplace where he sells Pretty You fairness creams and faces constant humiliation because he looks older for his age and hence can’t be in marketing.
Bala refuses to give up hope. After trying some 212 odd hacks in two years that range from wacky to obnoxious — standing upside down to ensure better blood flow to roots, rubbing raw onion on the scalp or applying a mixture of buffalo poop and semen – he finally decides to wear a wig and goes from being the joke of the town to the talk of the town. Soon he finds love in Pari Mishra (Yami). But what happen to Bala’s fate when his childhood friend Latika Trivedi (Bhumi Pednekar) lets the secret out? Will Bala’s wedding night turn into a nightmare? Will his happiness fade like his hairline?
The first half of the film is ridiculously funny with some fantastic one-liners and punches that evoke genuine laughter. Niren Bhatt’s writing deserves a standing ovation; it’s impressive how subtly he talks about baldness and mentions Anupam Kher and Rajinikanth in one breath without offending anyone.
Though you’d enjoy the endless humour and wit, you can’t miss noticing that in the garb of comedy, the writers have taken full liberty to crack insanely sexist, racist and some gross and crass jokes, too. However, in most of the scenes you won’t complain, but deep down the makes you uncomfortable with the overall tone of it. If you don’t find toilet humour funny, let me tell you there are quite a few references.
Second half is slower and on the preachy side, but never turns into a yawn-fest. Unlike last week’s Ujda Chaman on the same subject, Ayushmann isn’t shown as this sad, helpless guy who won’t do anything about his situation in Bala. Though he keeps on blaming his father for faulty genes, he goes all out to make his ‘selfie to self pity’ story believable, and how hair loss has led to an ‘identity loss’ for him in a rather funny way. From Rajesh Khanna to Ranbir Kapoor, Bala mimics everyone and looks good, too. But it’s Shah Rukh Khan who he worships and his posters adorning the walls of Bala’s room is proof. I can’t really recall a film from recent times that gave such a befitting tribute to SRK.
While content is the king in Bala, it’s the performances that further enhance it. Having Ayushmann as the hero, director Amar Kaushik makes the most of his acting prowess. It’s pleasant how Ayushmann makes the plight of bald men look relatable through his actions gestures, emotions and expressions. He doesn’t overdo it either and has embraced his look as a bald guy. Good job done there with the prosthetics.
Among the ladies, Yami totally shines and how. Playing a small town model and a TikTok sensation, she remains in her character, looking over-dramatic at times, and even confuses you with her happy-sad expression. But her character very well explains the reason why she is obsessed with good looks.
Bhumi, on the other hand, plays a confident lawyer who has faced prejudices all her life due to her dark complexion. Though she makes sensible arguments, it’s still not understandable why makers didn’t cast someone who matches Latika’s skin tone, instead casting Bhumi and giving her a brown face that is nowhere close to natural. The makers highlight the stereotype when Bhumi goes to meet a potential groom and the song being played in the background is ‘Chandi jaisa rang hai tera sone jaise baal’. What a cliché!
While Ayushmann-Bhumi’s love-hate vibe makes for several funny moments, his TikTok scenes with Yami are undoubtedly the highlight. Quite an interesting way to weave in the 90s flavor with both of them dancing to some popular songs not only recreating the steps but also the looks and outfits.
In most of Ayushmann’s film, the supporting cast has always had a huge role to play and Bala is no exception. Saurabh Shukla as a devoted father, Seema Pahwa as a mustachioed neighborhood mausi, Abhishek Bannerjee as the salon guy and Javed Jaffery as a mentor stand out in their respective parts. Dheerendra Kumar Gautam as Bala’s brother is a great casting call and his monologue in front of the entire family earns him claps.
The film doesn’t end at only familiarizing us with the plight of balding men. It does let its message of ‘self-love’ come across, telling us how it is okay to feel perfect with your imperfections and why should one change to fit into the set norms. And all of this is done through a stand-up act.
Bala is a well-made film that stays true to its genre for most of the time. It makes right jokes at the time and leaves you in stitches more often that you’d expect.
Bala Movie Songs:
Song Title: Tequila
Lyrics: Jigar Saraiya
Singers: Divya Kumar, Jigar Saraiya
Music Composer: Sachin – Jigar
Song Title: Don’t Be Shy
Lyrics: Mellow D, Badshah
Singers: Badshah, Shalmali Kholgade, Gurdeep Mehendi, Sachin – Jigar
Music Composer: Sachin – Jigar
Song Title: Naah Goriye
Singers: B Praak, Swasti Jain
Music Composer: Harrdy Sandhu
Song Title: Pyaar Toh Tha
Lyrics: Priya Saraiya
Singers: Jubin Nautiyal, Asees Kaur
Music Composer: Sachin–Jigar
The bald & beautiful: Is ‘Bala’ the same as ‘Ujda Chaman’?
Some coincidences are too good to be true.
They say good things come in pairs and that seems to be true when it comes to Bollywood making films on male baldness. Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know that Bollywood has been taking hair loss problems a bit too seriously.
Bollywood’s latest offerings are two films, both of which are based on male baldness – ‘Bala’ starring Ayushmann Khurrana, and ‘Ujda Chaman’ starring Sunny Singh of ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ fame.
Based on the trailers, it seems that both actors have tried to essay the roles of two men struggling with insecurities that male baldness brings with it. However, on watching the trailers, one can easily figure out that they have an uncanny resemblance, one that cannot be attributed to mere coincidence.
Sure, coincidences happen, but some coincidences are too good to be true. For instance, both Ayushmann Khurrana and Sunny Singh play the roles of teachers.
And guess what? The previews show that both teachers are bullied by their students. Both men face difficulties when it comes to mingling with the opposite sex. Both men approach doctors to get their hair fixed at some point in the films.
Of course, the filmmakers are playing into cliches here, which is probably why there are so many similarities in the first place. While some of them can be excused, you have to admit that both men having the same occupation is too happy a coincidence.
So, the question remains – what’s cooking in Bollywood? Are the filmmakers running out of good ideas? Or are these coincidences intentional?
‘Bala’ Teaser Prompts Hilarious Warning From Uttar Pradesh Police
Ayushmann Khurrana’s ‘Bala’ deals with the theme of premature balding
The teaser of Ayushmann Khurrana’s Bala delighted viewers when it was released three days ago. Dealing with the theme of premature balding, the movie promises to be a fun ride. But even as social media users praised the teaser and made memes around it, Uttar Pradesh Police had an entirely different (albeit hilarious) take on it – they used it as an opportunity to talk about road safety.
On Monday, Uttar Pradesh Police tweeted a clip from the teaser. It shows Ayushmann Khurrana riding his bike in true Bollywood style as Koi Na Koi Chahiye Pyar Karne Wala plays in the background. But as he picks up speed, the wind blows his cap away to reveal bald patches.
“अगर हेलमेट पहना होता तो यह न होता… (This would not have happened if he had been wearing a helmet)” tweeted Uttar Pradesh Police from their ‘UP 100’ handle, underlining the importance of wearing helmets. “That is why, one must always wear helmet!” they added.
Take a look at their hilarious tweet below:
अगर हेलमेट पहना होता तो यह न होता…
That is why, one must always wear helmet!
— Call 112 (@112UttarPradesh) August 26, 2019