Ujda Chaman movie review: Bald & Beautiful

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UJDA CHAMAN movie review is here. Directed by Abhishek Pathak the movie stars Sunny Singh, Maanvi Gagroo, Saurabh Shukla, Karishma Sharma and Aishwarya Sakhuja. Does the official remake of the award winning 2017 Kannada movie ONDU MOTTEYA KATHE, recreates the same magic?!, let’s find out in the movie review of UJDA CHAMAN

Immediate reaction when the end credits rolls
A feel good rom com with a rare melancholic air that probes at the general outlook towards imperfection, body shaming and the prejudices associated with it.

The stereotyping of bald people and an evocative comment on the quintessential feel good Bollywood rom com, its pairing and the understanding of love.

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The story of UJDA CHAMAN
Chaman (Sunny Singh) a Hindi professor in a Delhi college. The 30 year old has everything in his resume to impress a girl – would be wife, a family and a secure job. It’s his photograph in his resume that is creating the problem – he is losing hair and going bald. Chaman dreams of getting married to a ‘beautiful’ girl. His younger brother Goldy (Gagan Arora) is good looking and is constantly busy with his girlfriends on phone.

The complex ridden Chaman is getting under the shelf and ruled by the feeling of self pity. Series of rejections on the arrange marriage front forces Chaman to take up to things like tinder etc to find a suitable match. A match in Apsara (Maanvi Gagroo) is found but Chaman posses a typical male chauvinistic approach towards his mate and finds it difficult to accept an oversized Apsara as his life partner. What happens next finds the crux of this rare rom com.

UJDA CHAMAN movie review
Taklu, takla, shakal, sannata, baldness in the world and Indian cinema is either evil or a laughing stock. Abhishek Pathak’s Hindi remake of Raj B. Shetty’s award winning 2017 Kannada movie ONDU MOTTEYA KATHE, succeeds in getting the theme, message and emotions right finally.

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The start is shaky but slowly and surely the quirky take on body shaming, imperfections, the prejudices and stereotyping of bald people, the growing fascination of looking cool and urban and the receding level of acceptance, tolerance like the receding hairline of Chaman gets registered with the sensible audience. The last half an hour makes a decisive sweep and the movie is sprinkled with moments that give weigh to the debate. For example the incident at the school principal’s office is a gem. The humour over here is understated with at times gets melancholically subtle. The Delhi milieu is convincing and performances are shudh, pure, natural and pious.

Sunny Singh gives a winning portrayal of Chaman. The actor is successful in establishing an instant connection with the audience. A controlled and sensitive portrayal.

Maanvi Gagroo is apt as Apsara and is amazingly natural. The actress adds extra charm to her pious and lovable character.

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Chaman’s parents, played by Grusha Kapoor as Chaman’s mother and Atul Kumar as father are fabulous. Gagan Arora as Chaman’s brother leaves a mark. Karishma Sharma is pretty and gives justice to her role. Aishwarya Sakhuja is fine.

Sharib Hashmi springs a major surprise and is simply outstanding. The scene just before the climax is a major highlight.

Saurabh Shukla can never go wrong and he proves it yet again.

Flaws
UJDA CHAMAN is a good movie, a different rom com that could have been a great movie, a major game changer. The shaky start and its surprise omission of the magical ‘Dr. Raj Kumar’ factor from the Kannada original are unbelievable.

The ‘Dr. Raj Kumar’ factor could have been thought upon in the Hindi version and no doubt that would have made a decisive contrast between fact and fiction and swayed with its magic. The makers also lose the golden opportunity to comment on the way the language Hindi is treated in educational institutes.

Final words
UJDA CHAMAN has flaws and so do we, nobody is perfect. The greatest USP of Abhishek Pathak’s directorial is its ability to lend a shoulder to the tears caused by the narrow minded mindset that discriminates people on looks. The movie also points a finger on the right and authority of people who gets judgmental, have prejudices – be it hair, body, skin etc.

Plus the movie also makes an attempt to make an evocative comment on the quintessential feel good Bollywood rom com, its pairing and the understanding of love. Going with an extra for having the ‘open mind’ to explore such themes in mainstream.

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