Bala Movie Review: Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Bala arrived in theatres today, and we’re here with the live audience Bala Movie Review. Bala, which also features Bhumi Pednekar and Yami Gautam in the lead roles, is the story of a man, suffering from alopecia (a condition that leads to unpredictable hair loss) and how he goes on to accept himself despite the imperfections. Ayushmann is known for doing a different kind of roles and choosing unique scripts. Let’s see whether this film of the actor has managed to woo the audiences to the theatres.
Balmukund Shukla aka Bala (Ayushmann Khurrana) works all sorts of hacks to get back his silky soft hair but to no avail. Indeed, he finds a fix, but will that make him sound happiness?
Bala Review: “Hum aapki khubsoorti ka Raaz hai, aapke Sarr ka permanent taj hai.” Notice, this is ur hair talking, and this is how Bala begins. A quirky voice-over (Vijay Raaz) establishes the stage for a fun ride at the time of the film’s hero. He is all of 25 but seems way older, thanks to his diabetes and smooth pate that has restored what was once a fantastic crop of silky hair.
His childhood sweetheart has also given him, and he demon at his job as the salesman for a women’s fairness cream. But, Bala is not a sobering mess. Instead, he takes the challenge head-on (no pun intended). Bala grows up as a stand-up comic where he imitates Bollywood stars and is actively trying various treatments for his hair loss. These range from funny to bizarre. The situational comedy takes ample opportunities for the first half to be high on the fun with witty one-liners that will leave you in splits. Ayushmann owns every scene giving Bala’s plight look credible as well as hilarious. He gets the Kanpur pitch bang on with unambiguous body language and other differences. You can sympathise with him, but he never gets across as a pitiful figure even when his pieces are down. All thanks to the clever writing of story, screenplay, dialogues by Niren Bhatt.
Amongst the actresses, Bhumi Pednekar is impactful as the strong-headed attorney Latika, who has ever faced bias due to her dark coat. However, her make up doesn’t seem very likely. Yami Gautam (as Pari Mishra) looks nice and is quite impressive as Kanpur ki superstar, who is full of herself. Her character reflects the current trend of small-town influencers on social media and their increasing popularity. Among the original actors Saurabh Shukla, Abhishek Banerjee, Seema Pahwa and Javed Jaffrey lend excellent support and often take in the laughs. The film’s music often plays in the background and mixes well with the story. The reference to the different 90s tracks is appealing.
Director Amar Kaushik works to drive home the information about how our community challenges those who are many. The film tends to get moral in the second half with the news of societal prejudices struck down repeatedly. This takes away from the film’s fun quotient, but the story continues to engage the viewer, mostly due to Ayushmann’s stellar performance.
But overall, ‘Bala’ remains a light-hearted comedy with relatable situations. Just like the film’s message, ‘Bala’ is beautiful even with its flaws, and never fails to entertain.
Our overall critics’ Rating is not an average Movie of the sub scores below.