Bala

The film opens in Kanpur in 2005, where 14-year-old students tease a balding teacher. Balmukund "Bala" Shukla, a popular kid who carries much pride for his hairstyle, leads the teasing. Bala borrows notes from the studious and dark-complexioned Latika Trivedi and passes them off as his own to the fair-skinned Shruti to impress her. When Latika calls him out, Bala berates her for being dark-skinned. The narrator describes how society values beauty and fair skin over other accomplishments, especially in marriage.

Director:
Amar Kaushik
Writer:
Niren Bhatt (dialogue)
Release Date:
7 November 2019
Run Time:
133m
Tagline:
When patriots become heroes

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