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5 Gendered Beauty Stereotypes We Hope Ayushmann Khurrana Would Break With 'Bala'

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They say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder but truth be told, the eyes of the beholder are often cast in centuries-old, regressive and stunted standards of beauty. The journey to survive it and create an identity despite it has been a challenging one for women, but it would be equally unfair to leave men out from this conversation.

Gendered Beauty Stereotypes 'Bala' Must Break© Maddock Films

While the world is still coming to terms with the popularity of men's grooming, there still remains a long journey ahead of men when it comes to identifying and dismantling the many male beauty standards and stereotypes that dictate their lives.

With Ayushmann Khurrana's Bala releasing today, we hope the film will break these 5 important, gendered stereotypes that exist in our society.

1. Premature Balding Is The End Of The World

Gendered Beauty Stereotypes 'Bala' Must Break© Maddock Films

Ayushmann's Bala rests upon the theme of premature balding, an aspect of men's life that hasn't been explored previously by Bollywood. The havoc that hair loss and balding can cause to a woman's life is no hidden matter. However, even for men, it has been associated with the very understanding of their identity, which means that premature balding could be the end of it all.

So when Bala says, “I am not just losing my hair, I am also losing my identity”, he is actually voicing the dominant thought process of numerous men amidst us. We hope the film deals with this subject in a positive manner and shares a real, acceptable message by the end.

2. Skin Colour Will Fetch You The Ideal Life-Partner

Gendered Beauty Stereotypes 'Bala' Must Break© Maddock Films

Bhumi Pednekar's character in Bala as the dark-skinned woman Nikita deserves a mention here. We first see her sitting beside her mother who seem to be attending a product demonstration for fairness creams.

Going by the trailer it is evident that she is caught in the unforgiving cycle of trying to get over the curse that is being dark-skinned in India. Manhandled by the society and its diktats regarding standards of beauty, Nikita seems to channel the ray of hope who has it in her to challenge society's double-standards and injustice against certain individuals.

3. All Will Fail You In Life If You Don't Meet Standard Beauty Ideals

Gendered Beauty Stereotypes 'Bala' Must Break© Maddock Films

At one point in the trailer, a frustrated Bala can be seen breaking into a rant on how he has lost more than just his hair over the years. From facing demotion at work to losing his childhood sweetheart, his premature balding has turned his life into shambles and made him into a laughing stock.

This constant threat of a doomed life that comes with the failure to meet society's standards of “ideal beauty” seems to be the dominant theme of the film, and we are waiting to see whether Bala gives in to it, or fights back.

4. The Homegrown Sham That Is Divya Aushadhi

Gendered Beauty Stereotypes 'Bala' Must Break© Maddock Films

Most of us, at some point in our life have either visited or accompanied someone to a 'Baba' who promised to cure all ills through “divya aushadhi”. Back pain, pox or hairfall, these people seem to have a divine medicine for every ailment.

Bala too in his desperation, seems to have found his way to such babas and mausis and we hope the film shows him debunking the sham that are these fake fakirs and vaidyas.

5. The Tale Of The Wig

Gendered Beauty Stereotypes 'Bala' Must Break© Maddock Films

Another positive aspect of the film to look forward to is its treatment of wigs. Bala has tried to normalise the concept of wigs and shed positive light on the fact that choosing to wear a wig is as normal as wearing a shirt to cover one's nakedness.

The same goes for the idea of getting a hair transplant, which is often looked down upon and the interested people ridiculed. The film has brought these two important factors together, and the wait is to see how they have been tackled to support and uplift people suffering from premature balding.

Here's hoping Bala manages to shut up all the trolls and gathers the fight and courage to live his life on his own terms. 


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