Ayushmann Khurrana, the charming boy of the Bollywood is also spreading his love as the Dream girl for the audience. In the past few years, he made quite the statement that he can be the future face of Bollywood. From Vicky Donor to Subh Mangal Savdhan to Badhai ho to Andhadhun, he managed to touch different scenario and aspect of the society. He is working in a uniqueness that every time he comes up with a different kind of script or movie.
In Dream Girl, Ayushmann plays Karam, an unemployed young man, who takes a job at a call center. Women engaged in flirtatious phone banter with lonely and desperate callers in his call center. It’s not a big deal for Karam, because he had a gift for faking the perfect female voice since he was a boy. He used to play Sita in the local Ram Leela every year.
Dream Girl has little to say about the effect of female impersonation on men who specialize in it: everyone’s matter-of-fact about Karam’s gender-swapping on stage, and it seems to have had a little psychological impact on him.
There are a few things that work. The setting of Gokul, Mathura is nicely used; unlike some recent Hindi films, this doesn’t feel like a big city script relocated to a small town.
Through all its hiccups if there’s one thing that glues the film’s bits together, it’s Ayushmann Khurrana’s uninhibited, confident performance as Karam aka Pooja. He brings grace and dignity to the kind of role that has been reduced to a drag cliché on so many of television’s reality and comedy shows. He makes the film work even when the script fails it repeatedly.
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Banerjee, Nidhi Bisht, Raj Bhansali, Manjot Singh
Director: Raaj Shaandilyaa