Dream Girl movie review: A must-watch for Ayushmann Khurrana’s laudable performance and a heavy dose of laughter to break free from your boring and busy lives
As Hindi film micro-genres go, “Ayushmann Khurrana Chips Away At Masculine Tropes” is a stellar one. It may have become a formula of sorts – there’s one about hair loss coming up, and another built around a gay character – but the films have by and large been smart, funny and unusually perceptive about middle-class insecurities.
You don’t need to take your brain with you while going to watch a comedy film- Ayushmann Khurrana
Unfortunately, this makes matters worse for Dream Girl, a film that’s slight, to begin with, and which looks even slighter in comparison to Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, and Badhaai Ho. Writer-director Raj Shandilyaa has tried to narrate a different story with a few punch lines and a message, but the film doesn’t fair in some areas. Here’s us presenting this week’s Movie Review of Dream Girl.
Dream Girl Movie Review- The Plot
Desperate to repay his single father’s debts, Karam (Khurrana) glimpses a flyer promising employment at 70,000 a month. It turns out to be a “friendship call center”, which pairs lonely men with seductive female voices. Karam, whose cooing falsetto has landed him in stage productions as Radhas and Sitas since childhood, senses an opportunity. He answers the phone, improvises a coquettish character named Pooja. By the end of the day, he has a strange, if well-paying, job.
Soon, Pooja has attracted a host of admirers: a cop (Vijay Raaz), an ardent teenager (Raj Bhansali), a misandrist editor (Nidhi Bisht) and a buffalo-rearing virgin (Abhishek Banerjee). Their conversations make for a lot of low comedy, and though Khurrana sells everything that’s saleable, the hit rate isn’t high enough to keep scenes from dragging. It’s not surprising that writer-director Raaj Shaandilyaa once worked on Comedy Circus: there are silly sound effects and many of the gags are built around broad stereotypes.
Dream Girl Movie Review- On The Upside
The setting of Gokul, Mathura is nicely used; unlike some recent Hindi films, this doesn’t feel like a big city script relocated to a small town. Shaandilyaa has a way with flowery comic phrasing – the conversation between Vijay Raaz and Khurrana are hilarious. Performance-wise, the ensemble cast is spot on.
Raaz, Bhansali, and Bisht have a perfect comic timing Nushrat Bharucha, though given little to do, attempts her best and proves that she deserves more projects than just Lun Ranjan’s films. Kapoor and Khurrana are a warm pairing, and Banerjee is fast becoming one of Hindi cinema’s defter comic actors.
Dream Girl Movie Review- On The Downside
Dream Girl has little to say about the effect of female impersonation on men who specialize in it: everyone’s matter-of-fact about Karam’s gender-swapping on stage, and it seems to have had a little psychological impact on him. Neither does Shaandilyaa have much to say about the act of phone sex (or friendship).
Karam has a revelation early on about how lonely all his callers seem. A platonic client might have added some depth, but none of the callers is just seeking a friendly ear; they’re all in love with Pooja. Dream Girl’s unnecessary preaching and moralizing are unearned – it upbraids the call center’s proprietor for not respecting his employees, but doesn’t bother giving the women anything to say, let alone distinct personalities. This is a film about female impersonation with no sympathy for its one queer character, which talks about loneliness but brushes off a suicide attempt.
Dream Girl Movie Review- Our Final Word
Dream Girl would be able to continue Khurrana’s streak of commercially successful films but would fail to leave an impact as strong as his previous works. There are a lot of ROFL moments in the movie executed perfectly by the cast, but the social message at the end seems sloppy. We’re going with 3 out of 5 stars for this week’s Dream Girl. It’s a one time watch compared to Khurrana’s other gems like Badhai Ho and Shubh Mangal Savdhaan.