REVIEWA Hindi professor in Delhi University, Chaman (Sunny Singh) is going bald at the age of 30, looking more aged and mature. His life isn’t easy as from his students to friends to his own family, makes fun of his baldness. However, his parents are eagerly trying to find him a bride before his 31st birthday, since an astrologer (Saurabh Shukla) predicts that if he isn’t hitched by his 31st birthday, he’ll walk into the life of celibacy. Because of the family pressure, he goes only to be rejected every time. He even tries his luck at finding love in weddings and college but to no luck. He, at last, try his luck on an online dating app “Tinder” where a girl, Apsara (Maanvi Gagroo) fell in love with him but he doesn’t count her as his “type”.
Differences occur but thanks to an encounter with a colleague(Sharib Hashmi), Chaman, at last, sees the light of the day. Sharib says, “Dilon ki baat karta hain zamaana lekin mohabbat aaj bhi chehre se hoti hain” while trying to explain how true love is all about embracing each other along with their shortcomings.
Sunny Singh throughout the movie keeps the same expression and negative aura around himself. His character, Chaman, not only lack hair but also personality. On the other hand, Maanvi is a delight every time she comes on-screen – full of life and believe is destiny. She has accepted herself in spite of her many insecurities and is the more mature one of the two. She is natural and engaging as the character.
The loud, Punjabi family and background will always keep you distracted. The writing, by Danish Singh, could have been snappier and more smoothed out. The sub-plots are drawn out a little too much and the main plotline does not get enough time to breathe. The music (songs like Chand Nikla) is passable but forgettable. The 2-hour movie felt long and longer each passing minute.
But the message of the film about one’s inner beauty is something we all, in our life, need to understand.
While Sunny Singh’s ‘Ujda Chaman‘ has its intention in the right place, it’s the bleak screenplay and direction which fails to make it a memorable watch. For me, the film is 2.5/5 stars.