Ayushmann Khurrana is again back on the big screen with another promising movie – Bala. Getting released after a week of Ujda Chaman, which is based on the same concept of baldness, Bala is being expected to be more impressive. The reviews from critics also talk positively about the film.
Directed by Amar Kaushik, the comedy-drama features Ayushmann as a bald man, who struggles to get a girl due to the defect. Every girl he tries to impress rejects him as soon as they see his head. He also faces a lot of embarrassment and humiliation on a daily basis for the same reason.
Finally, his father gifts him a wig, following which he is able to impress a very pretty girl, played by Yami Gautam. However, he soon realises that wig cannot be a permanent solution, and hence, the drama continues.
Makers of Bala held special screenings of the movie, following which, some highly positive responses have been coming in on social media. A number of celebrities have been praising the movie, claiming it to be loaded with laughter.
"Bala is a beautiful world created by @amarkaushik. Entire cast is amazing @ayushmannk sirrrrr superb @bhumipednekar is effortlessly cool and @yamigautam lets make a tik tok soon loved u go catch it. Dino don't be shy now congratulations [sic]," Varun Dhawan tweeted.
"Watched #Bala last night. Its such a wonderful film, with a great message... @amarkaushik amazing job man... @ayushmannk once again great choice and a super performance. @bhumipednekar such a courageous role... hats off ... @yamigautam u were terrific... #dinovijan congrats man [sic]," wrote director Shashank Khaitan.
Critics verdict out
Gulf News: Director Kaushik has also painted a colourful picture of middle-class Kanpur with seasoned actors such as Saurabh Shukla and Seema Pahwa showcasing impeccable comic timing. While the comedy takes a bit of time to grow on you, it's the characters that collectively endear. You have seen Khurrana attempt to play the small town bloke before in hits such as 'Dream Girl', but he still manages to bring something new to each role. Khurrana is wonderfully flawed, yet you root for him as he learns to accept himself — baldness and all. And that's the bald truth. (3.5*/5*)
Khaleej Times: Overall, Bala is a feel-good, highly entertaining movie that will definitely make you laugh out loud, though we are not sure if the message of self-acceptance and being comfortable in your own skin is something that comes through convincingly. But one thing is guaranteed - you will walk out of the theatre with a feeling of empathy for those who are inflicted with this condition and a smile on your face. (3.5*/5*)
Bollywoodlife: Watch it for another delectable performance by Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar. You'll have lots to laugh at and with. (3.5*/5*)
Times Now: Overall, Bala is an out and out entertainer with its heart in the right place. Watch it for its interesting narrative, brilliant performances, and hilarious dialogues. (4*/5*)
Times of India: But overall, 'Bala' remains a light-hearted comedy with situations that are relatable. Just like the film's message, 'Bala' is beautiful even with its flaws, and never fails to entertain. (4*/5*)