“Khud ko kyun badalna hai?? Nehi Badlenge.”- Ayushmann Khurrana as ‘Bala’ asks a pertinent question to the society and thereafter gives a fitting reply of his own question while saying that he won’t change. Undoubtedly, This is the biggest takeaway from ‘Bala.’ The character unknowingly becomes the voice of all the those human beings who’re bald, black, fat, thin, short and many more. Have we ever thought Why do these people feel embarrassed and insecure of their look? As we make them feel embarrassed and insecure since their grown ups while poking fun at them, passing insulting comments, ignoring them like nobody. All these things make them feel down, bring their identity crisis with which they deal all alone with every passing day. Out of those only few people triumph like Latika Trivedi (played by Bhumi Pednekar) yet they become very hard and tough from inside due to the rejection from the society and some of the people like Balmukund Shukla (played by Ayushmann Khurrana) who try their level best to live a fake life while wearing a wig in order to get acceptance from their love and the society.
Now on the basis of all those differences from others, can we call them ‘Incomplete?’ As we are living in a progressive society which protests against racism, takes a stand against body shaming, gives heart melting speeches on inner beauty but when it comes to choosing your partner or the face of any fairness products, people go for fair skins. Isn’t it a mental blockage? Take the notes of famous Tik Tok star and wannabe super model, Pari Mishra (played by Yami Gautam) who got shockingly panicked after her wedding night while discovering, “Mera Pati Ganja Hai.” She clearly says, “My looks are all I have.” and that’s why she tries to find the same in her partner. And somewhat we are all like ‘Pari Mishra’ and ‘Balmukund Shukla’ in real life.
Pavel Bhattacharjee and Niren Bhatt’s story brilliantly portrays the characters of ‘Bala’, ‘Latika’ and ‘Pari.’ the narrative not only brings a sensitive issue into the front but also evokes genuine humor and hilariously funny moments throughout the film. Apart from the Three pivotal characters even the supporting to small characters shine like anything! And that’s the beauty of this film. Saurabh Shukla as Bala’s father, Hari Shukla delivers an earnest performance. In one of the heartwarming scenes of the film he told his son, he’s also a bald man like Bala but Bala’s mother never left him and hearing this his father in law proudly said that his daughter never ever do such an act. This clearly shows the culture, upbringing, teachings and purity of love.
Seema Pahwa as the adorable ‘Mausi’ of Latika, gives a sterling performance. Few of the craziest lines she speaks out with effortless ease. Abhishek Banerjee as Bala’s Barber friend, ‘Ajju’ delivers a knockout performance. Special mention for Dheerendra Kumar Gautam who is damn good as Bala’s younger brother in the film. Yami Gautam perfectly fits in her gorgeous looking avatar. She wonderfully resemblances with many fair skinned women in the society. Bhumi Pednekar as ‘Latika Trivedi’ is outstandingly brilliant! In fact her performance will be considered as one of her finest performances till date.
Ayushmann Khurrana is the new age Amol Palekar. He should be called now ‘Ayushmann Content Khurrana.’ ‘Bala’ is gonna be his 7th consecutive hits in a row and 9th smash hits of his career. Whatever the character he plays, whatever the subject he takes he completely emerges himself into it and ‘Bala’ is no exception to that. He’s exceptional in the film. Even ‘Outstanding’ is an understatement to define his performance here.
Loved the hilarious one liners as well as heartwarming dialogues which are wonderfully written by Niren Bhatt. With ‘Bala’ director Amar Kaushik proves that ‘Stree’ isn’t happened by chance and he’s here to stay! He’s having an eye for detailing and complete control over his craft as the captain of this ship.
On the flip side I find the music is average except the stunning BGM. In fact the ending song can be easily avoided which hardly adds any value to the film. Jaaved Jaaferi’s character deserves more attention and depth.
FINAL WORDS:- ‘BALA’ is a small film with a big Heart. It shows you how to respect yourself more, how to boost your Self-esteem and how to love yourself and others in its true sense. A big hug to the entire cast & crew. Go for it and come out wearing your smile with teary eyes.