Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar starrer Bala has hit screens on November 8. The film, which also features Yami Gautam in a pivotal role, deals with the subject of premature baldness.
Since the film was announced, the Amar Kaushik directorial has been surrounded by controversies. Earlier, the Ujda Chaman (whose plot revolves around the same issue) makers had filed a case of plagiarism against the makers of Bala. However, they withdrew the charges.
Bala, which also features Javed Jaffrey, Seem Pahwa, Abhishek Banerjee and Saurabh Shukla among others in supporting roles, has been shot primarily in Mumbai and Kanpur.
Yami Gautam, who plays a Tik Tok star in the film, recently spoke to indianexpress.com about her character.
“She is a small-town model, a Tik-Tok star, energetic, filmy and dramatic. Everything is larger than life for her. She lives in her bubble. Her relevance in the film comes from society’s beauty standards. So, she brings together both worlds. The arc of the character from where it begins to where it goes is beautiful. I have never played such a character before. All the characters are so unique,” the actor said.
Ayushmann Khurrana feels passionately about the subjects the movie deals with.
Speaking to indianexpress.com, the actor said, “We are challenging age-old notions of beauty in the film. We are questioning the notion. Bhumi is playing a dark-skinned character but she is extremely strong. In fact, in the film, I am the one who is insecure because of the receding hairline. She is the one who is confident and inspiring. At the same time, there is an equation of love towards Yami, who plays a Tik-Tok star. She is funky and filmy. We share common interests and get drawn to each other. So, that is my journey with these two characters. It is beautifully woven.”
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Indian Express' film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote in her review, "Ayushmann Khurrana’s playing of the once- plentiful-now-scarce-sar-ki-kheti Balmukund Shukla is so spot-on that you forget the man ever had any hair on his head. And on his chin, arms, chest, and err, presumably, nether regions: all those body parts usually covered with a healthy, glossy, manly pelt. Amar Kaushik’s film is both loud and subtle as it tracks Bala’s journey from a boisterous chick-magnet adolescence to a craven manhood."
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Bala to become Rs 100 crore grosser?
Film trade analyst Sumit Kadel shared, "#Bala in all probability would be @ayushmannk career 3rd ₹ 100 cr nett grosser, that too in a span of 13 months. Bala shall also be Ayushman 7th consecutive HIT, and overall 9th HIT of his career. This man is a having a dream & HISTORIC run at the BO."
Yami Gautam on signing Bala
When we asked Yami Gautam to describe her character and asked what made her say yes to Bala, she replied, "She is a small-town model, a Tik-Tok star, energetic, filmy and dramatic. Everything is larger than life for her. She lives in her bubble. Her relevance in the film comes from society’s beauty standards. So, she brings together both worlds. The arc of the character from where it begins to where it goes is beautiful. I have never played such a character before. All the characters are so unique. A good film is an amalgamation of a brilliant team. Why would I not take up an opportunity to work with Dinesh Vijan, Amar Kaushik, Ayushmann and Bhumi?"
Bala is Ayushmann Khurrana's biggest release
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared on Twitter, "#Bala screen count...#India: 3000 #Overseas: 550+ Worldwide total: 3550+ screens ⭐ Ayushmann Khurrana's biggest release to date."
Milap Zaveri on Bala
Milap Zaveri posted on Twitter, "Congrats in advance to team #Bala Looks like @amarkaushik you have hit it out of the stadium! @ayushmannk you are becoming legendary for your choices! Wah! Looks like @bhumipednekar u will hit the Saand Ki aankh again! best of luck to
@yamigautam. Dinu, @MaddockFilms"
'A funny, quirky and endearing film'
Ileana D'Cruz tweeted, "Go watch #Bala! @ayushmannk @yamigautam @bhumipednekar @saurabhshukla_s and the rest of the entire cast are absolutely lovely in this funny quirky endearing film ♥️ come fall in love with yourself! @amarkaushik what a film."
'Amar Kaushik is one of the best filmmakers of our generation'
"Loved loved Loved ‘Bala’!! In such a simple and funny way it tackles some really pertaining issues. The way @amarkaushik built the world of ‘Bala’ reminded me of the beautiful Hrishikesh Mukharji films. He is undoubtedly one of the best filmmakers of our generation. The dialogues written by @nirenbhatt were the funniest I have heard in recent times. Each and every actor be it @ayushmannk @yamigautam @bhumipednekar @saurabhshukla_s #SeemaPahwa etc was fantastic. For me it’s undoubtedly @ayushmannk and @yamigautam best performance till date. Hats off to @MaddockFilms for consistently backing such beautiful and important subjects and telling them in such entertaining manner! Guys please go and watch ‘Bala’. Films imparting such crucial messages really deserve to work. ❤ #Bala," Uri director Aditya Dhar said via Twitter.
'Terrific work by Amar Kaushik'
Filmmaker Raj Kumar Gupta, who has helmed films like Raid and India's Most Wanted, wrote on Twitter, "#Bala is engaging, entertaining and heartfelt. Terrific work by my dear @amarkaushik writer @nirenbhatt and producer Dinesh Vijan. With each performance @ayushmannk keeps proving he is fearless, versatile and a class apart. Excellent performances by @bhumipednekar, @yamigautam, Saurabh Shukla, Seema Pahwa,
@nowitsabhi, Javed Jaffery, Dharmender Gautam and the omnipresent Vijay Raaz. Congrats to the entire team of Bala!"
Ayushmann Khurrana's take on Bala
Ayushmann Khurrana shared his thoughts on Bala in an interview with indianexpress.com. He said, "We are challenging age-old notions of beauty in the film. We are questioning the notion. Bhumi is playing a dark-skinned character but she is extremely strong. In fact, in the film, I am the one who is insecure because of the receding hairline. She is the one who is confident and inspiring. At the same time, there is an equation of love towards Yami, who plays a Tik-Tok star. She is funky and filmy. We share common interests and get drawn to each other. So, that is my journey with these two characters. It is beautifully woven."
Bala expected to open well at box office
The film trade analyst Girish Johar believes Bala will have a good footfall in the theaters courtesy Ayushmann Khurrana’s goodwill among the audience. He pegged the film’s opening day collection at around Rs 8-10 crore.
'Breaking Bollywood conventions'
Filmmaker Abhishek Jain tweeted, "#Bala does not only breaks stereotypes of the society, but proves to be breaking the bollywood conventions also. Congratulations @ayushmannk @bhumipednekar @yamigautam and hamare pyare @amarkaushik @nirenbhatt @MaddockFilms."
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Tahira Kashyap watched Bala twice
Tahira Kashyap watched Bala for the second time and wrote on Twitter, "Watched #Bala for the second time, grinned even wider! Ab aage kya bolun, bas ek bahot hi achi aur imaandaar film hai, dekhni toh banti hai"
Raveena Tandon on Bala
Actor Raveena Tandon watched Bala and she found the movie "Hilariously fantastic!" She tweeted, "Hilariously fantastic! Another feather in your hats ! Congratulations you all !@ayushmannk @amarkaushik @bhumipednekar @yamigautam @balathefilm #bala #7thnovember."
Film trade analyst Sumit Kadel tweeted, "#BALA - ACE ENTERTAINER, it delivers pertinent message via top-notch blend of comedy, emotions & dialogues. @ayushmannk performance is STERLING, @bhumipednekar & @yamigautam shines. Director @amarkaushik, writer Niren-Karan are Heroes of the film. Rating- 4 stars #BalaReview."
'Super performance by Ayushmann Khurrana'
Filmmaker Shashank Khaitan watched Bala and shared his views about it on Twitter. He wrote, "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."
'Enjoyed every bit of it!'
"What an Amazing Film #bala is!! Thoroughly Enjoyed every Bit of it! Maaza Aagaya!Matlab Kya Film hai! Has such a Relevant message with wholesome entertainment!! #Amar bhai kudos to and the entire Team @ayushmannk. Paaajiii you have nailed it and how!❤️ Chakkteee Fatte paaji," wrote actor Varun Sharma after watching Bala.
'Entire cast is amazing'
Varun Dhawan watched Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Bala at a special screening. After watching the film, he tweeted, "#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 ."
Bala: Our verdict
Ayushmann Khurrana’s Bala is an achievement. He’s perfected the art of playing people who are not instantly likeable, and he works the characters’ kinks to the point where we can see them, and yet sympathise.
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