Ujda Chaman movie ,Humour hits a bald patch

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“Ujda Chaman”; Cast: Sunny Singh, Maanvi Gagroo, Aishwarya Sakhuja; Direction: Abhishek Pathak; Rating: * * (two stars)

All that glitters is not gold, not certainly a shiny balding pate in the marriage market. Thus realises the film’s 30-year-old virgin hero, early on in the film.

He is an unassuming Hindi lecturer at Hansraj College, and the friendly neighbourhood misfit among the loud, spirited Punjabi populace of Delhi’s Rajouri Garden. Students shout “takla”, girls snub his arranged marriage bids, the family astrologer warns he just might die a celibate, and his father is egging him to join Tinder.

“Ujda Chaman” starts off on that rather unusual note for a mainstream Bollywood comedy, introducing its plot and protagonist with slice-of-life quirk.

If well begun is half done, Abhishek Pathak’s debut directorial feature had that advantage. The problem is the film remains half done. After starting off on a breezy note and managing to establish its intention, the narrative shows no signs of tapping the full potential of an interesting subject. Worse, the film loses focus midway.

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