Remember ‘Chachi 420’ or Govinda’s Aunty no. 1? No, this movie will not give you the same vibes but these references are a reminder that putting a leading man into a woman avatar never go in vain. Dream Girl has managed to pull off that with ease.
Ayushmann Khurrana starrer ‘Dream Girl’ is based on a man Karam (Ayushmann) who is in a desperate bid to find employment for himself and for that he picks up a job as ‘Pooja’ at a call center for sex chats while he has kept most people in his life in the dark about his nature of work.
Karam from his early childhood does a fine job of imitating women’s voices. While he was in school he used to make proxy calls to teachers as his friend’s mother. When he turns older, Karam lands roles in local plays as Sita and Radha, he is known by the people mostly for the voice he is able to modulate but it is something which he or even his father, Jagjit Singh (Annu Kapoor) are not comfortable with.
While Karam’s father wants him to find a regular job where he doesn’t have to act like a woman, Karam is also clear that he will play these roles only till he finds a regular job. He does find one but it requires him to be ‘Pooja’ at a call center for sex chats. Soon infatuated with his voice, men and a woman want either meet or marry her. Amid all the chaos, Karam’s girlfriend Mahi (Nushrat Bharucha) is not aware of his double life as Pooja.
Dream Girl will draw you towards it comedy aspect but don’t expect any nuances into crossdressing or exploring one’s sexuality because there isn’t any. The reason one might expect it because of the choice of films Ayushmann Khurrana has delivered so far.
The debutant director Raaj Shaandilya manages to evoke laughter in this situational comedy film but sometimes the humor gets bizarre and at times also offensive. The screenplay moves in an uneven pace at times because of the variety of characters in it.
On the performances front, Ayushmann is commendable and delivers stellar performance despite a not so well fleshed out character. Annu Kapoor, Manjot Singh, Vijay Raaz, and Abhishek Bannerjee adds the comedy quotient to the plot. Nushrat and Rajesh Sharma perform their given part effectively.
The film did deliver the message of loneliness, social media friends and having someone to talk to. Overall the film which is a bit flawed will manage to entertain you with its performances and peppy numbers. Ayush(Wo)mann Khurrana is surely not to miss!
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