This weekend, Director Raaj Shaandiliya treats you with a totally ‘hat-ke’ comic rollercoaster, while exploring a man’s feminine side in a dangerously hilarious Ayushmann-Nushrat starrer!
Rating – 4 / 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
After pulling off a hattrick of super-duper blockbuster hits namely Andha Dhun, Badhaai Ho and Article 15, our dimpled cutie Ayushmann Khurrana has well established his eye for good scripts and a constant desire to experiment, so much so that in the very first scene of Dream Girl we see Mr. Khurrana dressed up at ‘Sita maiyya’ in a local Ramayana, wearing nothing but a draped mustard cloth and a long haired wig! What follows is 2-hours of some crazy ROFLing combined with some unerring dialogues, splendid underrated co-actors and a shockingly quirky story.
Set in a chirpy small town of Gokul, the plot is centered around Karam (Ayushmann Khurrana), who’s desperate to find a respectable high-paying job under immense pressure from his dad, Jagjit Singh (Annu Kapoor) and eventually joins a “friendly call center” as Pooja, whose honey-sweet voice wins the hearts of many. But for how long will he be able to keep this secret, that too without his love interest Mahi (Nushrat Bharucha) finding out…
Dream Girl was essentially a deadly combination of situational and dialogue-based comedy and thrived simply on its ability to make the crowd laugh and cheer right ’til the end credits. The first half was nothing short of laughter riot with some witty exchanges between Karam and his father along with a swift move into Karam becoming Pooja. Pooja’s hysterical interactions with her clients formed the crux of the pre-interval humour and the classic “Hello, main Pooja bol rahi hoon” conditioned a giggle each time it was said. The fluent transition from situational comedy to the post-intermission dialogue-based comedy ensured an intelligent lack of monotony and gripped in the audience well enough.
“ Dil kehta hai chal unse mil, dimaag kehta hai duty ke baad mil! “
The fresh, distinctly sketched out characters formed a strong foundation and fueled Dream Girl’s hilarity and the real winner here is writers Nirmaan D. Singh and Raaj Shaandiliya – all norms were broken when you had a cop aspiring to be a ‘shaayar’ (Vijay Raaz), a seemingly-conservative dad who turns Musalmaan for love (Annu Kapoor) and a big, tough, lonely probably-closeted woman who distrusts men (Nidhi Bisht). These personalities collectively gave layers to the underlying comedy – scenes involving Vijay Raaz and Annu Kapoor were to look forward to whereas those involving Raj Bhansali (aka ‘Toto’) and Nidhi Bisht maintained the overall uppity vibe.
We see our all-time crush Ayushmann Khurrana at his peak…again! But honestly, this time, the energy and zeal in his acting was so palpable and he truly made our hearts smile with his top-notch feminine expressions, particularly during the song ‘Dil Ka Telephone’, where Ayushmann’s freedom and confidence was oh-so-striking! The leading lady Nushrat Bharucha of course, fulfilled her purpose in the romantic angle but failed to be an actual part of the film as such, probably ‘cause she added no value to the film’s comic aspect, unlike the other supporting actors.
To sum it up, you simply cannot afford to miss this one. To all my Ayushmann fans, it’s your time to shine! Others, beware, you’re about to become a diehard fan after this one! Stay dreamy, stay filmy!
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