Certificate: U/A

Director: Raaj Shaandilyaa

Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor

Written By: Raaj Shaandilyaa, Nirmaan Dsingh

DREAM GIRL is the story of a man who pretends to be a woman to earn a living. Karamvir aka Karm (Ayushmann Khurrana) is an unemployed man, residing in Mathura, who is desperately looking for some work. His father Jagjeet (Annu Kapoor) runs a shop that sells funeral items and has taken a huge loan. The recovery agents are harassing Jagjeet over the unpaid dues which just makes Karm even more desperate for work. Karm is known locally for playing female roles in plays, something his father disapproves of. One day, he comes across an ad for a call centre job, and he decides to give it a shot. Upon reaching there he finds out it’s a Friendship club involving women calling men and talking with them seductively. The owner of the place W Ji (Rajesh Sharma) decides to hire Karm because of his ability to talk like a woman convincingly. So Karm develops his alter ego, Pooja through which he talks to men and also women calling the friendship line. He does so well in this work that he gets paid handsomely and his boss even gifts him a car. While this is happening, he also meets & falls in love with Mahi and then gets engaged with her. Once his father’s loan is repaid, he decides to resign. But W Ji, who doesn’t want to lose his golden goose, blackmails him by saying he’ll tell everyone about what he does. Hence he continues the work, but the troubles don’t stop for him here as four of his customers – Mahendar (Abhishek Banerjee), coincidentally his to be brother in law, a hot headed teenager Toto (Raj Bhansali), a cop-cum-shayar Rajpal (Vijay Raaz) and a man-hating journalist Roma (Nidhi Bisht) are crazily in love with him or in their heads, with Pooja. To add more to his troubles, even his Dad starts talking to her and wants to marry her. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

The premise of the film is certainly quite interesting but the movie as a whole, feels a little rough around the edges. The film does however manage to evoke laughter among the audiences. In the climax of the film everything just comes together, something like a Priyadarshan film but it just doesn’t make a similar impact. There are a certain things in the film that seem a bit rushed and hence it gets a bit less convincing. However, the dialogues, the funny one liners and the performances from Ayushmann Khurrana make this film a good watch.

Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Aseem Mishra is quite decent. Editing by Hemal Kothari is fine. The story is interesting, but the screenplay could have been more crisp. The production design is great and so is the costume design. The music is good and works with the film Radhe Radhe and Dil Ka Telephone are the pick of the lot.

Performance wise, the film is great. Ayushmann Khurrana definitely steals the show with his act in the film. His performance was just effortless in the film. He was great to watch. Nushrat Bharucha had a comparatively smaller role in the film but she was great as well. Annu Kapoor Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Bannerjee and Manjot Singh add to the comic element of the film and were simply hilarious. Rajesh Sharma was dependable as ever. The rest of the cast offered good support.

Director Raaj Shaandilyaa, in his debut film has done more than a decent job. He was great with one-liners and was able to get a commanding performances from his leads.

3.5

At the box-office

The film has taken a great start and will be a major HIT for certain.

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