Dream Girl Movie Review – The Hero Becomes The Heroine – Ayushmann delivers yet again in this hatke comedy of errors. This time he has again nailed it. His growth has been steady for quite a while now and has been doing a great job. In the movie, since his childhood to the time, he becomes Karam who is desperate to find a job and then lands into working in a call centre mocking women’s voices. In the movie, it is shown that since he was a kid he used to mimic the voice of his teachers to save his friend. He also becomes Radha and plays ram-Leela in his childhood. And is often respected by the people in the small town of Gokul for his roles and regularly for the voice he can accentuate.
But his father, Jagjit Singh (Annu Kapoor) wasn’t happy with this. His dad needs him to find a steady job, where he doesn’t have to don the woman act and Karam is also very clear that he will play these roles only till he finds a regular job. Which he does soon accept, but the only glitch is it compels him to be ‘Pooja’ at a call centre for sex chats. Soon enough, ‘Pooja’ has a variety of men and a woman besotted by her. And each of them craves to either meet or marry her. All this while Karam’s girlfriend Mahi (Nushrat Bharucha) is unaware of his double life.
‘Dream Girl’ is placed as an out and out comedy, so don’t demand any nuanced probe into cross-dressing or investigating one’s sexuality. There is none of that. Possibly, one has been plundered by Ayushmann Khurrana’s choice of films so far, which always succeed to push the cover. Nevertheless, director Raaj Shaandilya contrives to provoke some significance laughter in this situational comedy. But there is also a blob of humour which tramps into the eccentric, double centred and at times attacking zone. As a variety of characters and circumstances are bunged in, the screenplay moves at a leftover pace. The songs, ‘Radhe Radhe’ and ‘Dil Ka Telephone’ add some of the peps to the wavering plot.
In 2018, Bollywood’s off-beat hero Ayushmann Khurrana took over the box office with two back-to-back hits Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho. The fan-favourite actor delivered another blockbuster Article 15 that won viewers over with its socio-political message. Ayushmann is reverting to the big screen now, this time as the hero as well as the heroine in Dream Girl. For me, it was a worth watching movie. You will come laughing out loud from the theatres.
The director has put his writing expertise of years indicting scripts for noted comedians to its maximum use, and consequently, the overtly funny dialogues and comic one-liners give life to this ardent drama. The sanctimonious climax, though, with a message that won’t inevitably register in your mind looks a bit off-track. But Dream Girl, overall, is a winner for sure.
My Ratings: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Banerjee, Nidhi Bisht, Raj Bhansali, Manjot Singh
Director: Raaj Shaandilyaa
Music by: Songs: Meet Bros; Score: Abhishek Arora
Produced by: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Nachiket Pantvaidya