Dream Girl 2019 Movie Reviews & Ratings
Dream Girl is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language comedy film directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa and co-produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor under their banner Balaji Motion Pictures. Dream Girl stars Ayushmann Khurrana as a cross-gender actor whose female voice impersonation begets attention from others. Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Manjot Singh, and Vijay Raaz feature in supporting roles. Principal photography began on December 2018. The film was theatrically released in India on 13 September 2019.
Through all its hiccups if there’s one thing that glues the Dream Girl 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 Dream Girl film work even when the script fails it repeatedly. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for the Dream Girl film, and an additional half star for Ayushmann’s performance, which makes it three out of five for Dream Girl.
Dream Girl 2019 Movie Review
From the time he is a kid, Karam does a fine job of imitating women’s voices. So while in school he makes proxy phone calls to teachers as his friend’s mom, when he is older, Karam (Ayushmann Khurrana) lands roles in local plays as Sita and Radha. And is often revered by the people in the small town of Gokul for his roles and mostly for the voice he is able to modulate.
But it’s not something either he or his father, Jagjit Singh (Annu Kapoor) are comfortable with. His dad wants him to find a regular job, where he doesn’t have to don the woman act and Karam is also very clear that he will play these roles only till he finds a regular job. Which he does soon enough, but the only hitch is it requires him to be ‘Pooja’ at a call center for sex chats. Soon enough, ‘Pooja’ has an assortment of men and a woman besotted by her. And each of them wants to either meet or marry her.
All this while Karam’s girlfriend Mahi (Nushrat Bharucha) is oblivious of his double life. ‘Dream Girl’ is positioned as an out and out comedy, so don’t expect any nuanced probe into crossdressing or exploring one’s sexuality. In fact, there is none of that. While the premise of ‘Dream Girl’ is an interesting one, to begin with, it doesn’t go beyond that idea. However, director Raaj Shaandilya manages to evoke some amount of laughter in this situational comedy.
But there is also a dollop of humor which treads into the bizarre, double entendre and at times offensive zone. As a variety of characters and situations are bunged in, the screenplay moves at an uneven pace. The songs, ‘Radhe Radhe’ and ‘Dil Ka Telephone’ add some of the peps to the wobbly plot.
The performances by an ensemble cast stay above board – Ayushmann Khurrana pulls off a commendable, self-assured act, despite working with a character which is not entirely well fleshed out. Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Bannerjee and Manjot Singh add to the comic element. Nushrat Bharucha and Rajesh Sharma are effective.
At the end of it, the Dream Girl film slips in a message on loneliness, social media friends and having someone to talk to. Despite the flaws, ‘Dream Girl’ attempts to show the leading man in a different light, and manages to entertain in parts.
Dream Girl 2019 Movie Story Based On
Karamveer Singh is good at impersonating the female voice from a very young age & hence keeps getting female lead roles in mythological plays since his childhood, although he protests every time & would settle for a much smaller but a male role. He is currently unemployed & gets to perform these roles because it fetches him good money. His friend Smiley runs a liquor shop & supports him in his every endeavor.
His father runs a shop & is sunk deep into loans he owes to various banks & is unable to pay the EMIs. One fine day while returning from an interview he sees an ad that promises Rs. 70,000/month as salary. He reaches the given address, but the employer ‘W Ji’ rejects him outrightly without asking a single question.
Karamveer pleads incessantly & finally, the W Ji relents & shows him his call center where only ladies work. The call-center is entertaining fantasies of callers who call them, mostly men who don’t have a partner in life. Karamveer is shocked, but quickly regains his composure & impromptu answers a call in female voice for Ms. Puja who frequently is on a leave.
‘W Ji’ is stunned with his skill & immediately hires him & gives him Rs. 25,000 as advance payment. Karamveer tells his father that he has got a job at MNC & hands him over the advance he received. His father is highly elated & he celebrates with his friend Smily. The next day while returning from his job, a drunk police constable Rajpal stops him & asks him to drop him home.
On the way, he recites a few couplets (Shayari) he has written which irritates Smily & Karamveer but they bear it because he is a cop. Later at the job, he garners a good fan base because of his sweet voice & sharp presence of mind. One fine day he comes across Mahi when he is about to deliver stuff asked by his father. He is smitten by her beauty & catches her attention with a few witty lines. Later they come across each other randomly at street & Karamveer further impresses her with his witty lines & love blossoms between the two. Over a while, they get engaged.
Here at his job he comes across a few fans who call him regularly. The first one is Toto, a rich spoilt brat. Second is the cop, Rajpal who calls him to recite his couplets which no one wants to listen to. Then there is Roma, editor of a magazine. She hates men because she had 3 break-ups earlier. The biggest shocker is that his father & brother-in-law Mahinder are also his fans. Over some time, these callers become obsessed with Puja, impersonated by Karamveer & everyone wants to marry Puja.
Karamveer is frustrated with such unsolicited requests & offers to quit. His employer rejects & blackmails him that he would expose his identity to his family which might jeopardize his marriage. Karamveer decides to tell everything to Mahi but fizzles out when he realizes her brother Mahinder is also a fan of Puja. He figures out that if he talks rudely with his callers they would automatically get along with their realities & stop calling him. This move backfires as everyone becomes more obsessed with Puja. Toto attempts to commit suicide, Rajpal threatens to abandon his wife.
Karamveer first threatens Toto telling him he is Puja’s brother. Later he visits Rajpal’s wife when he is not at home & gives her a few gifts telling her that Rajpal has sent her & she should dress to seduce him to reciprocate his love. He invites his father at a restaurant & reveals that Puja (dressed in Burkha) is a Muslim girl, tells Roma that she (Puja) is now engaged, convinces grandmother of Mahinder, that he has fallen for a girl of loose character.
This move further backfires. Toto gangs up his cronies to trash Karamveer ( assuming he is her abusive brother). Mahi convinces her grandmother that she should not judge the character of a girl on hear-say ( She is unable to recollect that it was Karameer who told him about Puja) & honor the love of Mahinder to which she agrees. His father transforms everything (home, language, clothes, etc) as per Muslim customs. Roma insists she meets Puja’s fiance & checks if he is an honorable man.
Karamveer meets Roma at a mall posing as the fiance of Puja & comes across Mahi who is also shopping at the mall. Roma who is already skeptical of Karamveer’s character tells Mahi that he is engaged to Puja when Mahi reveals that she is engaged to Karamveer & his duplicity is exposed. Mahi runs away from the scene when Karamveer is not able to explain the situation to her.
He chases her & takes her to his office & explains everything. ‘W Ji’ misbehaves with Mahi & she slaps him in front of his staff. Karamveer defends Mahi & leaves the office, further enraging ‘W Ji’. Mahi reconciles with Karamveer consoles him saying that everyone makes mistakes. They later go to play where Karamveer is playing the role of Radha.
In the end, Rajpal comes along with a few cops & ‘W Ji’ claiming he has killed Puja. While taking him away Karamveer recites one of his couplets & Rajpal is taken aback & believes that Karamveer has been impersonating Puja. Later Roma comes with the real Puja & exposes the treachery of ‘W Ji’ & everything ends well when Toto, Mahinder & his father learns that he has been impersonating Puja all the while.
Dream Girl 2019 Movie Cast & Crew
Directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa
Produced by Ekta Kapoor
Written by Raaj Shaandilyaa
Screenplay by Nirmaan D. Singh
Starring Ayushmann Khurrana
Music by Songs:
Cinematography Aseem Mishra
Edited by Hemal Kothari
Production company Balaji Motion Pictures
Distributed by Pen Marudhar Entertainment
Release date 13 September 2019
Running time 132 minutes
Positive Points Of The Movie
- The performances by an ensemble cast stay above board – Ayushmann Khurrana pulls off a commendable, self-assured act, despite working with a character which is not entirely well fleshed out.
- Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Bannerjee and Manjot Singh add to the comic element.
- Nushrat Bharucha and Rajesh Sharma are effective.
Negative Points Of The Movie
- At the end of it, the Dream Girl film slips in a message on loneliness, social media friends and having someone to talk to.
- Despite the flaws, ‘Dream Girl’ attempts to show the leading man in a different light, and manages to entertain in parts.
Dream Girl 2019 Movie Final Verdict
At the end of it, the film slips in a message on loneliness, social media friends and having someone to talk to. Despite the flaws, ‘Dream Girl’ attempts to show the leading man in a different light, and manages to entertain in parts.