Ayushmann new comedy DREAM GIRL made dream light

Ayushmann Khurrana’s new film has been released, and there were more expectations as there are something new with the story that Bollywood has never tried before. But the film has so little wit and imagination that it turns all those ideas into a series of flat set-pieces.

Dream Girl movie cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Annu Kapoor, Manjot Singh, Rajesh Sharma, Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Bannerjee, Nushrat Bharucha, Nidhi Bisht, Raj Bhansali
Dream Girl movie director: Raaj Shandilya

In this, an educated and jobless Karamvir Singh (Ayushmann Khurrana) gets pulled into a friendship call centre that is run by women knitting sweaters or sifting through dhaniya in office for Rs 70,000. Equipped with the innate talent of impersonating a woman’s voice, Karamvir often finds himself dressing up as Radha or Sita in local plays. And this very gift lands him a job as Pooja in a call centre for chats.

Blessed with the gift of gab and a melodious voice, Karamvir aka Pooja soon finds a queue of men vying for his attention and love. From a poetry-obsessed police officer Rajpal (Vijay Raaz) to a lovelorn and Brahmachari Mahinder (Abhishek Banerjee), his clients are besotted by the charm of Pooja and her voice. But the situation gets tricky when all his clients fall head over heels in love with Pooja.

An entertaining screenplay makes for a fast-paced first half, which is followed by a rather long and slightly repetitive second half in which Ayushmann is only trying to get rid of this facade he has put on for long. How does he manage to do that without letting his love life go for a toss is what keeps you intrigued until climax unfolds. By this time, you feel the story could have ended a bit earlier.

Nevertheless, the director manages to hold your attention with some great comic punches and subplots. But, Nushrat Bahrucha, who plays Ayushmann’s love interest, makes an appearance as good as a cameo.

The director deserves credit for bringing something new to the table. However, his hesitation to delve deeper into the subject makes it scoreless on the report card. If you are looking for a light-hearted comedy this weekend, Ayushmann Khurrana’s Dream Girl should definitely be on your list.

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