Dream Girl takes a formulaic approach at storytelling (of a man forced to use his feminine voice for employment) climaxing as a comedy of errors that is borderline sexist and discriminating at one point and liberal and pathbreaking at others, I was confused where the interests of director Raaj Shaandilyaa lay, but the one thing that I'm sure is about the comedy that he and his writers manage to generate. TN.
I entered the theater with little expectations from Raaj Shandilya and many expectations from Ayushmann Khurrana for the film 'Dream Girl'. How can someone have low expectations from someone who always manages to pull off a standout performance in each film, and has always chosen a slick script? And how can you expect too much from a filmmaker who was the scriptwriter of some of the worst Hindi films cinema ever got, like 'Happy New Year' or the most recent, 'Jabariya Jodi'? But honestly, when I left the theater, I came back smiling, with both the performer and the story-teller impressing me in equal measure.
The film has a hilariously interwoven story, given already into the trailer itself- that there is a young unemployed man called Karam who gets the job of a call girl. And because of his sweet and seductive voice, he has in room many 'aashiqs', ranging from a police chaukidar to a Mumbai based lesbian 'all-men-are-dogs'. But he himself is an 'aashiq' of a random beauty, and thanks to only one romantic song, his fiance as well.
The film is garnished with mindless comic humor, and Raaj is clever enough to add funnier, lighter, sillier jokes to cover up the bumpy script, something he has always managed to ace in 'Comedy Nights with Kapil', something he never managed to get well in his Bollywood films like 'Bhoomi'.
And Ayushmann Khurrana's performance as Karam and the sexy Puja are one of the best performances by an Indian actor this year. With a satisfying quotient and with non-stop dialoguebaazi, the actor still gets away with the expressiveness. Nushrat Bharucha, throughout her small role in the film, tries to suck some air in a dumb love interest character. The others from the ensemble cast do have fun and they are fun.
But the film is really very clunky in the execution. The thing sings, but in a voice which is crass. The film too doesn't go beyond the fundamental structure we saw in the trailer. The film, tackling the issue of loneliness, has little to say about the issue. These work as major loopholes in a script that doesn't hold together in an evident manner.
But as I went on watching the film, I accepted these flaws because it was a bumpy road which led to an exciting destination that might be a little predictable, but it is all the way a very fascinating one. I embraced the film as a joyous, positive crowd-please that isn't marred down by its 'feel-good family entertainment' intentions. The styling of the film's characters also is so on point: I loved Nushrat in her sexy ethnics and wavy hairs. The comedy in the first half and the second half, both are flat-out hilarious. Also, its no 'Luka Chuppi', where every shot is almost insignificant, unimportant to the script.
The film is a terrific comedy which is fun in both the halves, and thanks to Ayushmann Khurrana's good performance, the film satisfies. But keep your expectations a little under check, you'll have extra bunch of fun.