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Ujda Chaman Movie Review: Comes across as a missed opportunity at best

CAST: Sunny Singh, Maanvi Gagroo, Saurabh Shukla, Karishma Sharma
DIRECTION: Abhishek Pathak
GENRE: Comedy
DURATION: 2 hours 0 minutes

Sunny Singh’s Film Is ‘Hair, There & Everywhere.

Chaman (Sunny Singh) is going bald at 30 and as a result, looks more mature than his age. He’s got a steady job as a professor of Hindi in a reputed college but his students make life hell for him by constantly joking about his lack of hair. Thanks to his receding hairline, he’s far behind in the dating game. He doesn’t have a good self-image and when all else fails, he decides to trust Tinder. Strangely, he finds a match in Apsara (Maanvi Gagroo), who has faced rejection in her love life because of being overweight. They come close thanks to an accident. Apsara feels he’s just right for her but Chaman dreams marrying a beauty and isn’t ready for what he thinks is a compromise. Differences occur but thanks to an encounter with a colleague, Chaman, at last, sees the light of the day.

The film is a remake of the Kannada hit Ondu Motteya Kathe (2017). It does serve you a platter of plausible situations but the seasoning of Chaman’s extremely over-the-top Punjabi family turns off your appetite. And what’s with the loud background score which overwhelms the on-screen action and breaks your attention constantly. Director Abhishek Pathak see-saws between pure comedy and drama, making his effort a bit lopsided. He does fill it with quirky characters like Saurabh Shukla’s Babaji, who can’t withstand tears or Sharib Hashmi’s character, who is an office boy with a golden heart.

The film is centred around the fact that we all want the world to like us for our looks. Body image is important to us and those without a hang on their feelings related to their image do suffer all their lives. Body shaming is something that isn’t addressed on a scale it merits. And true love looks beyond the obvious. The film does make these relevant points and should be lauded for it but the execution has let the subject matter down.

Karishma Sharma, who plays Chaman for a sucker has played her role well. And so has Sharib Hashmi, the sole pillar of restraint in this OTT comedy. Maanvi Gagroo is a screen stealer as the good-hearted girl who hasn’t let life’s disappointments get to her. Sunny Singh gets his first solo comedy. He has given his all to come across as a man touchy about his looks and his performance is definitely a plus point for the film.

What’s Good: The fact that I came out of my audi with all my hair intact!

What’s Bad: Loud, at your face, half-baked (just like Chaman’s hair), a very-long short length (120 minutes turning into ages)

Loo Break: Three songs, few of the sequences, climax, the entire movie

Watch or Not?: Only if you’re getting paid for it!