Ujda Chaman movie cast: Sunny Singh, Maanvi Gagroo, Atul Kumar, Grusha Kapoor, Gagan Arora, Saurabh Shukla
Ujda Chaman movie director: Abhishek Pathak
Ujda Chaman movie rating: One star
Chaman Kohli, 30, teaches Hindi at a Delhi University College. He is in search of a life partner, and a full head of hair, but both are proving elusive.
This could have been the start of a working comedy with desired serious undertones. Is premature balding the death of self-esteem? For some people, it could be the end of everything, so sure, Chaman’s (Singh) strained face makes some kind of sense, at least in the beginning.
But to have to watch that strain play across a largely expressionless face for two interminable hours taxes all your patience. Not only is the protagonist’s approach to his receding hairline painful, his family, comprising of dad, mom and younger brother (Kumar, Kapoor, Arora respectively), is loud and annoying.
Which bunch of students jeer at their teacher’s state of hair, or the lack of it? Do undergraduate students at a premium DU college have nothing better to do? If the point of the film is to tell us that external appearances have nothing to do with our inner selves, it needed to have done it better. Much, much better.
The appearance of the sweet, plus-sized Apsara (Gagroo) makes you perk up a bit, but no, there are no insights to be had around body-shaming. Gagroo is a capable actor, and shows up Singh’s lack in that department. He’s been an adequate support in such films as Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, but to have to heft an entire project is beyond him.
The dialogues are questionable. ‘Ladka pure hai’ is taken to mean that the lad has had no sex, and repeating it several times over is meant to funny. ‘Virgin’ kya hota hai’, is another sample. If that kind of crass, tasteless stuff makes you laugh, well, here’s the perfect film for you.