In just 27 months, Ayushmann Khuranna has had 7 releases. And not only have I seen all those 7 films, but also enjoyed watching them. It is not without reason that not only is he the most watched star by me, but also by all Bollywood patrons. In each of his last 7 appearances (since August 2017), Ayushmann has played a different character and has done enormous justice to the role. BAREILLY KI BARFI, SHUBH MANGAL SAVDHAN, BADDHAI HO, ANDHADHUN, ARTICLE 15, DREAM GIRL have all been movies worth watching and now BALA gets added to the list. And I am saying this despite my observation that BALA is the weakest of his last seven films.
Why is that so?
That is because, both the writer Niren Bhat and director Amar Kaushik seem more than keen to make sure that the sermons don’t get lost in the otherwise delightful entertainment package. Contrast this with the earlier movies, which were also laden with messages, but which seemed cleverly couched in the script.
Even with this handicap, Ayushmann Khuranna and Yami Gautam come across in flying colours. Bhumi Pednekar’s character comes across as a forcible inclusion so that the message doesn’t get lost. BALA is still an enjoyable watch, but for those who want to see a better made movie on the same theme of premature baldness and its toll on the affected person, I will recommend the Kannada movie ONDU MOTTEYA KATHE. It is available with English subtitles on Netflix.
RATING : 3.5 out of 5
November 8th, 2019