Ujda Chaman Movie Review: Easy-Breezy And Watchable, The Film Is Noble, But Not Very Novel

    Ujda Chaman Movie Review: Easy-Breezy And Watchable, The Film Is Noble, But Not Very Novel

    Ujda Chaman Movie Review
    Ujda Chaman Movie Review: Easy-Breezy And Watchable, The Film Is Noble, But Not Very Novel
    Updated : October 30, 2019 07:43 PM IST

    Whether it’s the first or real kahaani of takla or not, Ujda Chaman makes for a fairly watchable film. The story of the film is exactly what is shown in the trailer and obviously we know where the film is headed. A shy, timid guy suffering from premature baldness, women not paying him attention, a parents worried about not finding a girl for his marriage, a few pretty women who take advantage of his insecurities and finally an overweight girl who not only makes him deal with the bullying society but also makes that looks and love are really not connected.

    Director Abhishek Pathak is not really dealing with something extremely novel. The idea of premature balding might be a new element, but the story is pretty akin to that of Dum Laga Ke Haisha that tugs at our tendency to judge people on their looks and how it basically becomes a vicious circle. The mark of a first time feature filmmaker is pretty evident, having said that he has not done a bad job at it.

    The  Delhi lingo, typical Delhi culture and some genuinely funny moments make for a really breezy first half despite us knowing where things are headed. Given this is a young person making a film about his peers, the segue of WhatsApp, Facebook and especially Tinder feels relatable and very real. The constantly bickering family and especially the scene where the father tries to give a sex-talk to the son, although highly derivative of Stree , lands mostly on the spot. Of course, films like Khosla Ka Ghosla or Vicky Donor are bound to come in mind because of the setting and the lingo but that is more of a compliment than an accusation.

    What does not land, however, is the love story between Chaman and Apsara played by Sunny Singh and  Maanvi Gagroo. It is simply a little too hurried and actually pretty conflicting for Apsara’s character who is this confident and sorted woman who does not care two dimes about what people have to say about her being overweight and her sudden decision to get married to Chaman. After that happens, the film becomes a dragged out version of Dum Laga Ke Haisha and of course, it is no fun. A Sufi track, a preachy monologue, and a superbly corny and cliché ending do not help the matters either. Also, there is nothing bad to say about Sunny’s bald prosthetic head, but Maanvi’s body suit to make her look overweight…nope…doesn’t work.

    Coming to the performances, Sunny Singh is doing some serious heavy lifting in the film. He is there in almost every shot and is playing a character that is not too far from that of Titu of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety . Chaman, of course, because of his insecurities a little more into his shell and Sunny Singh’s constant sad puppy face would have been a tad bit annoying had it not been perfect for the character. Maanvi Gargoo as always is dependable and Atul Kumar and Grusha Kapoor as Papa Kohli and Mummy Kohli nail their dyed-in-the-wool Delhi parents act. Even Gagan Arora as Chaman’s younger brother Goldie gets his job done.

    Talking about the messaging of the film, it is trying to say something that Instagram and Facebook posts have been telling to do us for a while, which is not to judge someone by their looks. It is noble but definitely not novel. I mean deafening background music for almost the entire running time, ‘toing’ sound effect during a funny scene or the ‘Punjabi’ shout-outs in the background when ‘santa banta’ level of jokes are going on are not  only  bad and dated filmmaking but also somewhat stereotypical which is a little ironic for this which in it core has the intention to bust some stereotypes.

    Come to think of it. in trying to make amends with stereotypical ways, the film establishes another stereotype which is pretty women who are interested in someone less attractive are all conniving shrews with less than pure intentions. But then again there is Luv Ranjan’s name in the special thanks credits, so this much leniency ‘to banta hai’. But it probably also puts forward the argument that good looking people are bad news for less attractive people and they should really stick to someone in their ‘own league’, but you know what, let us not get into that but it is something to think about for sure.

    Whether it is Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Pyaar Impossible , Dum Laga Ke Haisha and other such films where ‘tan ki sundarta’ is at war with ‘mann ki sundarta’ things are bound to get a little touché and risky and there is no way to tend to such stories without offending someone.

    If Delhi lingo and setting, a few funny moments and an easy-breezy film sound like a good weekend plan for you then the film is absolutely watchable but even if you give it a miss it is not really the end of the world.