Director: Raaj Shaandilyaa
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Bannerjee, Manjot Singh, Nidhi Bisht, Rajesh Sharma.
Ayushmann Khurrana is back with his latest entertainer 'Dream Girl'. The quirky comedy film stars Nushrat Bharucha as the female lead; but the real attraction is returning of Ayushmann-Annu duo after 'Vicky Donor' (2012).
Karam Singh (Ayushymann Khurrana), a young, good looking guy from Mathura, is the only son and of no financial support to his father Jagjeet Singh (Annu Kapoor), a widower, who runs a small shop from home. Karam's one of many talents include impersonating a woman's voice which has led him to play Sita in Ram Leela performances ever since he was a child. Desperate for job, luck brings Karam to Mr W (Rajesh Sharma) who hires him at his 'friendship call centre', where Karam becomes Pooja -- the lady who can charm any man with her nubile voice. Karam hides details of his new job from everyone, except his childhood friend Smiley (Manjot Singh). A comedy of error ensues as everybody - From the local cop Rajpal (Vijay Raaz) to a young Haryanvi boy Toto (Raj Bhansali), to heartbroken woman Roma (Nidhi Bisht) and Mahendar (Abhishek Banerjee) - fall for 'Dream Girl' Pooja and her charming voice. Meanwhile, Karam finds his love interest in Mahi (Nushrat Bharucha), a pretty girl, who happens to be a sister of Mahendar. Soon the hunky dory world of Karam comes crashing down because of his secret.
A still from the film.
What make 'Dream Girl' a genuinely funny film are Raaj Shaandilyaa’s quirky dialogue and a wonderful ensemble cast that delivers that dialogue at the right pitch.
The entire production hangs on the talents of Ayushmann Khurrana: he's versatile, energetic, improvisational, and hugely entertaining. Centrally as a film it is what it is, a chance for Khurrana to dress up in drag and act the goof, but does he do it really well. He previously combined his dramatic and comedic talents in other films such as 'Vicky Donor', 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' and more recently 'Badhaai Ho' and does the same here. It's the kind of talent that seems natural, not studied or forced. The rest of the cast orbits Khurrana, but does so effectively. There's not a weak casting link in the bunch. Neither one tries to outdo their role, making sure that the limelight stays on the lead actor.
A still from the film.
At the end, 'Dream Girl' is surely delightful but the humour in it will not be everyone's cup of tea. You have to give the film wide latitude. You will laugh, not only at Ayushmann Khurrana, but also at the dialogues and the plot's improbable situations. After all, a sense of the absurd is what comedy is all about.
Watch 'Dream Girl' trailer here: