When I saw the trailer for Ujda Chaman the first time, I wasn’t quite excited about the film as the issue of premature balding did not seem to disturb me on a personal level, maybe because I still have a whole bunch covering my top… or maybe because bald, shaved scalps are a legit and fashionably acceptable look nowadays!
But I was excited to see Sunny Singh flying solo and taking the lead he deserves. Quite ironically, the film met my expectations but Sunny couldn’t. Neither did much of the technical aspects. The team of Ujda Chaman Movie has missed a shot that could’ve defined their careers and society’s perspective of looking at certain social issues. Scroll down for more as we analyse the good and bad aspects of the film for you in our Ujda Chaman Movie Review.
Ujda Chaman Movie Review- The Plot
The Ujda Chaman in this film is 30-year-old Chaman Kohli (Sunny Singh) from Rajauri Garden who’s the subject of much mirth and ridicule courtesy his balding pate. To make things worse, Chaman has been rejected on countless occasions by prospective brides because of being follically challenged. Shallow Janes you’d say.
Matters aren’t helped by the family astrologer’s (Saurabh Shukla) predictions that if Chaman does not get married by the age of 31, he will remain unmarried for the rest of his life. Fortunately, an hour or so later, Chaman finally finds a potential match. Apsara (Maanvi Gagroo). But there’s a twist –she’s plump. There is some biting irony here that two hopeless candidates right at the bottom of the dating food-chain, turn up their nose at each other for the obvious physical quirks. Until finally, they fall victim to cupid’s arrows.
Ujda Chaman Movie Review- On The Upside
As far as performances are concerned, the supporting cast has done a better job than the leads. Gagan Arora as Chaman’s younger brother does justice to his character, with whatever screen time provided to him. Saurabh Shukla, with his earnest performance, is able to bring genuine laughter. But the stars of the show, hands down, are Grusha Kapoor and Atul Kumar playing Chaman’s hapless parents.
The two have played the average middle-class parents with such conviction they barely allow you to believe that these are characters and not real people. Manvi Gagroo as Apsara shows promise but gets very little to work on.
Ujda Chaman Movie Review- On The Downside
The film mainly lacks in the writing department. It could have been a fun, slice-of-life film which could have brought a serious issue into general discourse, but loose writing makes it rather bland. Sunny Singh as Chaman is just a bald version of Titu from Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. But he can’t be blamed entirely as the script doesn’t quite allow him to explore.
A popular face on TV, Aishwarya Sakhuja as Chaman’s colleague doesn’t leave any impact on the big screen. Ujda Chaman has four songs with none of them being remarkable. Plus the blaring background music and sound effects which overpower even the dialogues. The “Hoye Punjabi” effect every time a Delhi character utters a quirky line is not helpful if the line itself can’t be heard due to the sound effects.
Ujda Chaman Movie Review- All In All
So if you have nothing better to do in life this weekend and want to go out with friends and family, you can give Ujda Chaman a try. Delhiites have an extra excuse to watch the film as they will be able to see their beautiful city sans the post-Diwali fog and pollution. And the most important reason, watch Ujda Chaman compare it with Ayushmann Khurrana’s next film Bala, which also talks about premature balding and is out next week. Find out for yourself if the film is worth the controversy it created right before its release. We’re going with 2 out of 5 stars for Sunny Singh starrer missed the opportunity.