Release Date: 13th September, 2019
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha
Writer/Director: Raaj Shaandilyaa
Producer/s: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Aashish Singh
Dream Girl Movie Review Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars!)
Star Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Manjot Singh, Nushrat Bharucha, Abhishek Banerjee, Nidhi Bisht, Rajesh Sharma
Director: Raaj Shaandilyaa
What’s Good: It tests the limits of how hard can you laugh in 2 hours! Did I say Ayushmann Khurrana was in this film? That makes a by default addition to this section
What’s Bad: Many will miss this in cinema halls, to watch it on television and regretting of why did they skip it
Loo Break: YES! Will come naturally to you by laughing hard
Watch or Not?: That totally depends on whether you read this review until the end or not!
Karamveer Singh (Ayushmann Khurrana) has this unique talent of talking in a girl’s voice. He’s talked into playing the role of Sita in the annual Ramleela since his childhood. Burdened under multiple loans, he’s not financially stable. This quest for good jobs tumbles Karam into a call centre which uses girls to attract the guys on phone calls. The owner W Ji (Rajesh Sharma) persuades Karam to turn into Pooja and talk to his callers.
This transformation to Pooja solves all the problems in Karam’s life. His papa Jagjit (Annu Kapoor) is loan-free, he meets his dream girl in Maahi (Nushrat Bharucha) and he earns well to settle down in life. But, he realises this bitter truth of how so many people are alone in their lives and need someone like Pooja to complete it. It’s when each of Pooja’s top-most callers starts to join the dots Karam falls in trouble.
Dream Girl Movie Review: Script Analysis
Raaj Shaandilyaa (script, screenplay and dialogues) and Nirmaan D Singh (script) are the Dream Boys of this film. It’s a start-to-end rollercoaster ride of humour & hilarious one-liners. They both leave no gap to fill in anything else. Even if a certain scene isn’t making sense, you’ll find it coming with ROFL-worthy dialogues. I missed many of them just because the roaring laughter was loud all over the cinema hall.
Yes, I don’t remember what was the last film in which I’ve laughed my heart so loud. There are clever moments where Raaj just plays with the expressions. There’s a funny line, and the camera pans straight towards a straight-face or a quirky expression. Apart from some required-yet-awkward brand placements, Nidhi Bisht’s sub-plot didn’t work for me.
Dream Girl Movie Review: Star Performance
I wonder what Ayushmann Khurrana must be thinking before signing every film, it surely could be “My next will be my best.” Good actors get into the skin of a character, but brilliant actors are those characters. Half the battle was won when Ayushmann decided to make us believe he can still maintain the tonality in a female’s voice. He’s the literal example of a ‘complete package’ in today’s generation of actors.
Annu Kapoor & Vijay Raaz are the two pillars on which the entire film is standing tall. Annu Ji just goes all out, surrendering himself to the director’s vision and he comes out as what he is – a legendary performer. Vijay Raaz’s physical humour is as good as his comic timing. He’s so effortless when it comes to delivering dialogues, you give him anything, even a plain simple line and he will turn it into something which will make you go ROFL.
Nushrat Bharucha’s Mahi backs the sweet little romantic track in the film. It’s a relief, to see her out of the Punchnama series, to explore this ‘darling’ side of her. Manjot Singh plays the perfect peer to Ayushmann, and he gets the moments which are purely owned by him. Finally, someone brings in Abhishek Banerjee and he nails it yet again. Nidhi Bisht is just about okay, but that also is because her character isn’t sketched well enough.
Star Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha, Manjot Singh, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Banerjee, Nidhi Bisht, Rajesh Sharma, Raj Bhansali
Director: Raaj Shaandilyaa
Producers: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Aashish Singh
Ayushmann Khurrana‘s name has become quite trustable in the industry as well as among the audience thanks to the kind of work he has been doing recently. It all started from Dum Laga Ke Haisha in 2015 and is continuing till now when he is hitting the bull’s eye with every single film. The best part here is that he is not following any specific formula and is offering variety to the audience by coming out with unique concepts and fresh yet interesting stories.
Dream Girl since the release of its first promo excited the audience. Ayushmann promised an honest entertainer packed with a brilliant performance; almost everything that paying public wants from a Bollywood film.
Ayushmann’s last film Article 15 did 60 crores plus business despite being an intense one so this one being an entertainer is expected to do far more business. Interestingly, his last entertainer Badhaai Ho was a 100 crores grosser as it did a total business of 136.80 crores in India.
Apart from Ayushmann, the film’s rest of the team – actress Nushrat Bharucha (Pyaar Ka Punchnama series and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety) & director Raaj Shaandilyaa’s (wrote Comedy Circus, Comedy Nights With Kapil, The Kapil Sharma Show, Welcome Back) work has been admired by the public.
Dream Girl‘s biggest plus is that it delivers everything that it promised to the audience, in fact, it delivers that in abundance. The film is a laugh riot since its start till the ending and credit goes to the writing laced with genuine humour, witty dialogues, stunning performances of Ayushmann Khurrana, Vijay Raaz, Annu Kapoor and Raj Bhansali. These four guys have ensured that you laugh like crazy in almost every scene. While we all know the talent of the former three actors, note Raj Bhansali as Toto especially post interval where he has some of the most hilarious scenes.
Big Cheers for Raaj Shaandilyaa here who has nailed it as a director in his debut. He has offered what the Indian audience was craving for a long time – A good comedy film. No doubt, they will lap it up strongly at the Box Office. I can say that because I’ve absolutely no doubt about it.
Dream Girl will take a good start at the Box Office despite competition from holdover release Chhichhore. While a double-digit start for the film is pretty much ensured and there’s no major competition in the future until the release of War on Oct 2, I’ll be surprised if this film doesn’t enter the 100 crores club in two weeks.