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Ujda Chaman is a remake of
the Kannada film ‘Ondu Motteya Kathe’. Which means ‘story of an egghead’. Hair is only dead cells but so much of our
identity and vanity stems from it. In ‘Ondu Motteya Kathe’, director Raj B. Shetty,
who also plays the lead, captures the comedy
and tragedy of being bald. One of my favorite bits is a fabulously
choreographed dream sequence in which women declare that they prefer
loneliness over a hairless partner. Gently and affectionately, the film persuades
us to stop judging people by their looks. Debutant director Abhishek Pathak takes this
story from Mangalore to Delhi. Ujda Chaman is set in a middle-class
Punjabi home in Rajouri Gardens. In the original, Janardhan teaches Kannada.
Chaman Kohli is a Hindi professor. He’s only 30,
but most of his hair is gone. Chaman has spent the last five years
trying to get married, but no girl can get past his barren head. The family jyotish declares that
if Chaman doesn’t get married by 31, he will remain a bachelor. Which propels Chaman to go into overdrive. His attempts at finding a mate include
– and I’m not kidding – dating a 20-year-old,
first-year college student. At one point, he’s checking out
his housemaid’s cleavage. Abhishek and writer Danish J Singh who did
the adapted dialogue and screenplay, design this as a joke. But honestly, it’s not funny. Chaman’s behavior is creepy and gross. He indiscriminately tries to date his colleagues
and then finally gets on Tinder. Ujda Chaman is about
the ache of being ordinary. Sunny Singh, who plays Chaman, does
an adequate job of being a wallflower but the script isn’t sharp enough
to make a wallflower interesting. Chaman has the personality of a doorknob. In the original, Janardhan has
this grand passion for Kannada. There’s a wonderful scene in which he writes
a love letter with such complicated words that his confidante and advisor,
the college peon, suggests he sends
a dictionary along with it. But Chaman seems to have no life except his baldness
and his raging hormones. He’s a moping, crashing bore. Honestly, even with a head full of hair,
I doubt any girl would find him attractive. And Abhishek and Danish examine
his insecurities at a superficial level. We see him gaze longingly
at people with hair, but it doesn’t get
much deeper than that. The responsibility for keeping us interested
then falls on Chaman’s family who are the stereotypical
middle-class, over-excited Punjabis. The characters are wafer thin,
but they brighten up the screen, specially Grusha Kapoor as Chaman’s mother. She’s lovely as she tries to explain why
Punjabi ladkiyan should be hale and hearty. The other bright spark is Maanvi Gagroo
who plays Apsara, the overweight girl Chaman
meets on Tinder. She has spunk. The film fleetingly touches on the Delhi class
divides and DOP Sudhir K. Chaudhary captures the slice of middle-class localities
that we’ve seen in films like Do Dooni Chaar and Band Baaja Baaraat. But the writing is too thin to adequately
root the narrative in the city. Though we do get some
nicely lit shots of Delhi at night. The biggest problem with Ujda Chaman is that
the film wants to have it both ways. First make you laugh with cheesy jokes about sex
and virginity and then deliver an important social message about
why we shouldn’t judge people by their looks. But by the time this message arrives, we can
barely listen because we’ve been beaten senseless by the lackluster plot and the bizarrely
loud and intrusive background score. It’s too late to be woke
– literally and figuratively. ‘Ondu Motteya Kathe’ had a sweetness and poignancy
that has been lost in translation. In one scene, Apsara looks at Chaman and thinks – you look completely compromised. That, my friends, is pretty much
what this film is.

100 thoughts on “Ujda Chaman | Bollywood Movie Review By Anupama Chopra | Sunny Singh | Film Companion

  1. ಒಂದು ಮೊಟ್ಟೆಯ ಕಥೆ
    ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು

  2. Feminism zindabad….!!
    Can FC please watch some movie with a moto of entertainment?
    Bass ho gaya naa bhai, joke ko joke ki tarah le lo.

  3. To all those from Karnataka, watching this review, Happy Kannada Rajyotsava. ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು

  4. I attended Tanuja Chandra's (Anupama Chopra's sister) Aunty Radha Aunty Sudha screening in MAMI and found out that Tanuja also has the same hysterical laughter as her sister Anupama. The sweetness runs in the family.
    Anupama Chopra is a national treasure. 🙂

  5. Hey can u guys review Tom Holland's and Bennedict Cumberbatch's "current war" also releasing today?
    It seems really interesting but due to lack of marketing hardly anybody knows it exists .
    Pls pls review it

  6. Here's a trailer of a film where a man is trying to divorce a plant-

    I'm a 20 year old indie film maker trying to find news audiences! Sorry for the spam!

  7. To know the difference between bollywood and mollywood just watch both these films ujda chaman and thamasha(malayalam remake)

  8. What's the problem with 30 year old dating 20 year old oh god you are so stupid i am 19 years old and my girlfreind is 28 if you are 18 plus age doesn't matter samaj ki thekedari lena band karo

  9. Thank you for Pronouncing "KANNADA" correctly, Happy Kannada Rajyotsava to everyone 🙏

    Mother and Motherland are above Heaven

    #Jai Hind 🇮🇳

  10. What I would say is, I don’t know about the fate of the film- however, we are seeing an account of one who is battling hair loss. The constant gazing at others with hair and desperation with the opposite sex’s attention is definitely a possibility.

  11. I won't be watching this movie. But one thing is sure, Anupama Ma'am should have English battle with Shashi Tharoor 😊

  12. Madam actually u pronounced wrong abt Ondu motteya kathe….so plz next time pronounce correctly if u mentioning Kannada movies plz

  13. Great and proud, Anupama chopra had watched Kannada film!!! Happy Kannada Rajyotsava. ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು

  14. It is 'vandu' Motteya Kathe and it is one of the best movies on body shaming. I have no interest in watching it's copy since the original is done so well. I am glad you have started watching regional movies!

  15. FINALLY ANUPAMA YOU'RE BAAAAAAAACK!! And back with a bang ! That was an amazing review..Remakes especially in Bollywood can go nowhere but in the dustbins of criticism..

  16. Glad most ppl in Indian hinterlands don't watch YouTube film critics before going for a movie..or there wouldn't be a film industry for the critics to review! the critics need to improve themselves in the way they critique films.. I encourage ppl to watch tried&refused productions video on Indian critics..

  17. Another biased review.. actually she will give great reviews to bala. Guys movie is great …. Don't believe her go and just watch and remember she gave jab tak hai jaan 3 stars

  18. I watched the film today, cringed a little after the interval but it is what I feel is quite relatable
    . I think that review on both Bala and Ujda Chaman are going to be a bit partial, but I do suggest to go out and see this film just because the concept is quite different and is less-filmy/dramatic!

  19. Films after films y yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy do we have soooooo loud background score in our films?? I think Hollywood though not all but many of them have perrrrrrrfect backgrounds which elivate the film.

  20. This is awesome that Anupama took time to mention and appreciate the original "Ondhu Motteya Kathe"! 😁 sad that the remake makes it a mess!!

  21. Its a very honest review. One correction, its not ondu (not du as in dusk). It pronounced as One du . Du as in Dubai or Du as in Daadu. Ondu means numeral 1 in Kannada.

  22. I love how Anupama uses a dialogue from the film to define the film as a closing statement…..too smart 👌👌

  23. This jyotshi is a father in Bala ….and they both movies people say we don't about copying of each other movie…all publicity

  24. 30 year old dating 20 year old girl is a creep? Shahid Kapoor is a Creep? Rich and good looking hai to chalta hai.

  25. At least if they were going to compete with Bala, it should’ve been a good movie. Now this movie will flop, and less people will go to see Bala

  26. Totally agree with you Anupama.. I watched your review in the morning from where I got to know that this is a remake of the Kannada movie 'Ondhu Motteya Kathe'. I immediately turned to Netflix to check if it was there, and it was. The movie made me emotional on so many levels and I absolutely loved the potrayal of each and every character of this movie. Ondhu Motteya Kathe is a gem. This shows how remaking doesn't mean retaining the essence of the original. And as always, Bollywood does such a shitty job of adapting films from other regions (looking at you, Dhadak and Ek Deewana Tha).
    Just watch the trailers of the two movies and you will clearly see the difference. The background score of Ondhu Motteya Kathe is so subdued and beautiful.. The songs too are beautiful. Sometimes you should just let the words and emotion speak for themselves instead of hammering us with loud BGMs to tell us how we should feel for a particular scene or character. Don't miss the original. I watched a beautiful film today and I have Anupama to thank for it!!

  27. So a 30 year old guy dating a 20 year old girl (10 years gap) in a Movie is not cool.
    But "Vidhu Vinod Chopra" marrying "Anupama Chopra" (15 years gap) in Real life is okay.
    . . . . .
    Logic died painfully today …🤕🤕🤕

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  29. Oversmartness at its best. Typical feminazi spotted. U should rather give ur review than throwing personal remarks over the character.

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