"Dilon ki baat karta hain zamaana lekin mohabbat aaj bhi chehre se hoti hain," quips a character while trying to explain how true love is all about embracing each other along with the shortcomings. It's a bittersweet moment in 'Ujda Chaman'. Sadly, there are very few such scenes in this Sunny Singh starrer.
What's Yay: The concept of male-pattern baldness is pretty interesting
What's Nay: Direction and screenplay
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Iconic moment: None
Chaman Kohli (Sunny Singh) is a 30-year-old Hindi lecturer at a university in Delhi. He often finds himself becoming a butt of jokes because of his receding hairline. Right from his students in the university to his friends, everyone ridicules Chaman's baldness and calls him names. On the other hand, Chaman's parents want him to get hitched as early as possible. While our hero dreams of marrying a beautiful woman, things take a dramatic turn when an astrologer predicts that Chaman has only a year to find a suitable match, else he would have to be a celibate.
A hapless Chaman tries every trick in the book to find his woman of dreams. In the process, he comes across a sly first-year student, an alluring economics teacher and an overweight make-up artiste. Will Chaman finally find his life partner?
For those who ain't aware, Sunny Singh's Ujda Chaman is based on the Kannada film, 'Ondu Motteya Kathe'. While the latter received rave reviews for its strong narration and profound thematic premise, its Bollywood counterpart fails to tick all the boxes. Despite an interesting concept, it's the weak screenplay and direction which make the film fall flat.
As a balding man, Sunny Singh tries to make you feel for his character. Unfortunately, he is let down by the faltering script. The actor simply fails to get his shining moment in the film.
Maanvi Gagroo is impressive in her role. Karishma Sharma as Aaina and Aishwarya Sakhuja as Ekta make their presence felt. Sharib Hashmi also puts up a good show.
Sudhir K Chaudhary's cinematography goes well with the film. A little tighter grip on the editing scissors by Mitesh Soni, especially in the second half, could have lifted the film a bit.
Barring 'Bandeya' which has some beautiful lyrics, the other songs rarely leave a mark.
While Sunny Singh's 'Ujda Chaman' has its intention in the right place, it's the bleak screenplay and direction which fail to not make it a memorable watch. I am going with 2.5 stars.