07 Nov 2019 ● Hindi ● 2 hrs 13 mins
Rating: U/A (India), 12A (United Kingdom)
Release Dates: 07 Nov 2019 (India), 07 Nov 2019 (New Zealand), 07 Nov 2019 (Singapore), 07 Nov 2019 (United Arab Emirates)
Hindi Name: बाला
Producers Dinesh Vijan's Maddock Films & Jio Studios' Bala is about inherent beauty where any physical flaw seems immaterial if one has the heart to identify real beauty. It is surely not-to-be-missed! Brilliant!
Bala works so well because it takes its subjects seriously enough to also be able to gently laugh at them. So all of the characters are played with a heartwarming sincerity that makes them genuinely likeable & relatable. There are very few times when one gets to laugh, cry & experience other emotions as the tale unfolds onscreen. Director Amar Kaushik has achieved that in this bittersweet comedy. Double thumbs up for him! The people & the settings are real which makes the message of Bala even more relatable.
Niren Bhatt's story has apt & simple ingredients which makes for an impressive tale. Dialogues, also by Niren Bhatt, ensure one feels with the characters. The film Bala laughs with, rather than mocking those who are unluckily rated low because of their appearance. What transports Bala into an exemplary film are the wonderfully light touches with which director Amar Kaushik unpacks the story. It also benefits from perfect & gimmick-free cinematography (Anuj Rakesh Dhawan) and instantly likeable BGM/soundtrack (Sachin-Jigar). Bala has been shot beautifully and the terrific background score supplement the tale. Director Amar Kaushik has ensured that Bala never seems made up. His direction is terrific.
Ayushmann Khurrana knows how to crack the code of the right script every time. Flawless act! Bhumi Pednekar makes sure her issues & predicaments seem relatable & she plays the part with consummate grace. Yami Gautam portrays her part with elan & she is a delight to watch as a girl obsessed with constantly looking good. Abhishek Banerjee is simply outstanding. Jaaved Jaaferi's comic timing is impeccable. Saurabh Shukla and Seema Pahwa's appearance, mannerisms & dialogue delivery are exemplary.
On the whole, Bala is brimming with solid content with a relevant message. Watch it for the heartfelt spirit it is made in. Bala will be Ayushmann Khurrana's 7th consecutive success in a row. Super-hit!