Ujda Chaman Movie Review: Bold Concept With A Bald Execution
Ujda Chaman, directed as well as produced by Abhishek Pathak marks as his directorial venture after directing a National Award winning Short Fiction Film, 'Boond'. The film has been mired in controversy picturizing the same core concept as 'Bala,' also releasing after a week. The film tackles premature balding and the social stigma attached with this problem afflicting men.
The protagonist of the film, Sunny Singh plays Chaman Kohli, a 30-year-old Punjabi college professor from Delhi who teaches Hindi in Hansraj College. As he is a victim of Premature Balding, all his marriage proposals are rejected. After a priest cautions him to get married before turning 31 to avoid celibacy, Chaman starts finding the love of his life.
In the process of women hunting, Chaman experiences certain ups and downs in his love life and meets his potential wife Apsara Batra played by Maanvi Gagroo. Apsara is overweight due to a weak metabolism. To know more about the twists and turns in the chemistry between this imperfectly perfect couple, you need to watch the film.
The first half of the film moves at a very slow pace with overemphasis on Sunny Singh been ridiculed by the society. Even though the story picks up its pace in the second half, the climax and conclusion becomes predictive. The story with the bold concept lacks proper execution and a crisp screenplay.
Sunny Singh fared quite well to get into the skin of his vulnerable character who gets easily affected by the societal remarks, but definitely needs improvement in dialogue delivery. The actor's vulnerabilities are well balanced with the headstrong character of Maanvi Gagroo. As a couple, both of them share a funny chemistry which is very relatable to all of us.
The scenes have been entirely shot in Western Delhi. The makers of the film could have done a better job in choosing a better location as it wasn’t unique and failed to give the best visual tour to the viewers. The film's dialogues are amusing and its music tracks have a North Indian flavour which keep you grooving throughout the film.
Ujda Chaman is definitely a one-time watch entertainer and an eye opener for people judging other's inner beauty due to their flawed outer beauty. Taking all these points into consideration, I give this film a rating of 2 out of 5 Stars.