Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Rajesh Sharma and others
Karam (Ayushmann Khurrana) is jobless. Despite all his efforts, the only job he has is with the local Ram Leela performers. It is a fixed role, but nothing he can write home about – he plays Sita or Radha’s role in the skits. How can a young man play the role you ask, well - Karam has the unique ability to speak in a woman’s voice. This unbelievable gift lands Karam a job at the adult call centre. All he has to do is speak to lonely men as a girl. There comes Pooja! Hidden behind the façade of the call centre, Karam as Pooja becomes a sensation. Despite being a faceless voice, Pooja becomes a dream girl for the neighbourhood and its uncles. Amongst the many who would love to marry Pooja are police personnel, politicians, Karam’s father, his girlfriend (Nushrat Bharucha)’s brother and others.
While ‘Pooja’ is a well-kept secret, the audience along with Karam are thrown in a tizzy thanks to the relentless madness onscreen. There chaos, confusion and double entendres are galore. Given the premise of the film, the situations are almost always risqué but the film has nothing that makes you cringe. Which is precisely how cinema should be. Without selling themselves short, the team of Dream Girl has got the story and the humour across perfectly. Something an Ayushmann Khurrana film can ensure.
Like his previous films Badhaai Ho or even a Shubh Mangal Savdhaan, Dream Girl and Ayushmann Khurrana both ensure entertainment, entertainment, entertainment. The actor is certainly the most promising artist in Bollywood today and as aforementioned, most of his success is courtesy his choices in cinema. The man has been constantly defying tradition and changing the definition of a Hindi film hero. What’s interesting is how with this film he has changed the perception of a Dream Girl too. Once Hema Malini’s moniker, now Ayushmann’s turf. The man has slowly and steadily changed the tide. But film making is not a one-man job and Raaj Shaandilyaa certainly had some great helpers onboard. To begin with Nirmaan Singh and Niket Pandey who have worked alongside Shaandilyaa on the script and the dialogues – they are the people who deserve the credit for the success of the film as the script and the dialogues are really the strongest points of Dream Girl. Yes, there are moments when there is a dip in the screenplay but the next laughter is almost always around the corner.
While the cinematography by Aseem Mishra is to the tee, the art director Nilesh Chaudhari insists on keeping the frame too colourful, but it still manages to endear you to the film. Niharika Khan’s costumes are efficient making the cast come together beautifully. But Shaandilyaa’s key players are his cast. Each and every actor associated with the film brings a fresh laugh or at least a smile. The chemistry between Annu Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurranna is terrific, leaving Nushrat to take the second place. Vijay Raaz, Rajesh Sharma, Manjot Singh, Abhishek Banerjee and others are effective in the supporting roles. Each ensuring Raaj’s first film is an astounding success. The calibre of Dream Girl ensures that the debutant director Raaj Shaandilyaa will have a grand welcome from here on… so let us be the first to say - Welcome to Bollywood, Mr. Shaandilyaa we are already looking forward to your next.