When Bala’s teaser was first launched, viewers were impressed and excited that a movie on premature balding was being launched. The fact that Ayushmann Khurrana, who has played in movies with “unusual subject,” was in the main role had us made dream about the movie.
By the time the producers came to launching the movie trailer, the movie was involved in a strange hullabaloo—was it a carbon copy of Ujda Chaman, the trailer for which was launched before the trailer of Bala? Both the movies were on a similar subject, and seeing the trailers, seemed to be strikingly the same in their topic’s treatment.

Now that we have seen both the films (which launched within a week’s gap), here are the similarities that are impossible to ignore:
In both films, the main lead suffers from premature balding. And in spite of being aware of his insecurities is quick to judge females who do not meet the accepted beauty standards by the society.

In both films, in the end, there is a long monologue where the hero provides an insight into his own knowledge of obsession by the society with looks.

Both films display that the hero suffers from a heartbreak, which is brought on by a predictably beautiful woman, before falling for the women with eccentric looks.

In both the movies, the protagonist uses different techniques for hair growth, before eventually declining hair transplant and making a decision to go with a wig.

On the other hand, that is where we come to end with the similarities. And while Ujda Chaman is absolutely a romantic comedy, Bala has romantic elements but is eventually a comedy-drama.
In simple words, the former aims on the hero’s love life, whereas Bala focuses on its theme—a man’s journey of compromising with premature balding. And in this contest, Bala certainly seems to be the winner.
It is not just the genres where the movie is different. It is also in its treatment of the main topic. Ujda Chaman seems to be a rushed documentary, which appears to have trapped to the brief of adding a preachy climax, delivering the punches, and ending it up with a strong splash of body-shaming dialogues.

With Bala, remarks on the appearance of a person are fraction of the movie, and not a character peculiarity of the hero. In addition to this, the females in the movie are separate characters, which do not exist just to transform or hurt the hero.

Also, the “happy ending” of Bala essentially lies in his appearance’s acceptance, and not in discovering love. Moreover, in the end Bala’s monologue, unlike Ujda Chaman, is supported very well by the examples shown in the movie earlier.
In our opinion, both movies do not do complete justice in showing the flawed beauty standards of society. But while Ujda Chaman generates more problems than it solves, Bala at least approaches in the correct direction. Hence, Bala is the ultimate winner in this competition.

By Sagar Shrinath

For years, Sagar Shrinath dreamed of writing Movie Review sector news the way he thought they should be written: complex, multi-genre stories with unique plots that ‘move’. Sagar has a more than 4 years of experience in writing a Latest Movie Review of Bollywood, Hollywood and Regional. Email: [email protected]

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