Description: Rom-com Movie, directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, stars Ayushmann Khurrana who plays a ‘dream girl’. In every love story, there is always one trying to win the heart of the other, who could be the ‘dream girl’.
Release date: 13 September 2019 (India)
Director: Raaj Shaandilyaa
Box office: est. ₹200.9 crore
Budget: 30 crores INR
The best joke in Raaj Shaandilyaa’s Dream Girl lands early: its hero is also the heroine.
Mathura resident Karam (Ayushmann Khurrana) has an unerring ability to impersonate female voices. He is the local favourite to play women’s roles in mythological stage productions. When Karam gets a job in which he has to pretend to be a woman at a call centre that runs a “friendship service”, he soon becomes the employee of the year.
The movie coasts along as a never-ending series of inchoate but also very funny vignettes up until the moment when a character embraces Islam to better impress Pooja, whom he believes is actually Zubeida. The character’s transformation into the henna-haired and Urdu-loving romantic produces some of the movie’s most difficult scenes and is about as sensitive and empowering as Karam’s ability to trump his hard-working female colleagues.
Like all rambunctious comedies, this film too is hardly nuanced. But, in the times when the idea of gender is being scrutinized and revised the world over, Dream Girl will surely entertain the film going audiences while sparking off an important conversation on gender constructs in Indian cinema.