Ayushmann Khurrana’s Movie is An Entertaining Joyride

Ayushmann Khurrana in a still from Dream Girl.

Ayushmann Khurrana in a nonetheless from Dream Lady.

In Dream Lady, Ayushmann performs Karam, an unemployed younger man in Gokul, Mathura, who takes a job at a name centre. Learn our evaluate of the movie right here.

Rajeev Masand

DREAM GIRL

Forged: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Banerjee, Nidhi Bisht, Raj Bhansali, Manjot Singh

Director: Raaj Shaandilyaa

Ayushmann Khurrana has performed a groom-to-be who discovers he’s affected by erectile dysfunction, a younger man whose middle-aged mother and father shock him with the information that they’re having a child, a lately married fellow who shuns his chubby spouse, and a scheming romantic who watches the lady he loves change into interested in the obnoxious proxy he recruited to interrupt her coronary heart. With each considered one of these characters he’s challenged notions of masculinity and upended the basic picture of the best Hindi movie hero. After all it was solely a matter of time earlier than he impersonated a lady.

In Dream Lady, co-written and directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, he performs Karam, an unemployed younger man in Gokul, Mathura, who takes a job at a name centre the place ladies interact in flirtatious cellphone banter with lonely, determined callers. It’s not an enormous stretch for Karam, whose present for faking the proper feminine voice has served him nicely since he was a boy, taking part in Sita within the native Ram Leela yearly.

Karam ‘turns into’ Pooja as soon as he’s on the cellphone, and he’s clearly excellent at his job. Earlier than lengthy a string of admirers have misplaced their hearts to Pooja, together with a shayiri spouting constable (Vijay Raaz), an obsessed Haryanvi teenager (Raj Bhansali), a virgin bumpkin (Abhishek Banerjee), and a lady whose dangerous experiences with males have turned her off the gender (Nidhi Bisht). It’s a premise that lends itself to a lot comedy, however the jokes in Dream Lady are of the broad variety. No downside with that, besides that they quick start to really feel overlong, repetitive, and tiring. Additionally the hassle to make the movie ‘household pleasant’ may be very evident, and it robs the movie of the grownup, risqué humour {that a} theme like raunchy cellphone intercourse organically lends itself to.

The second hour, nonetheless, is decidedly extra entertaining, not least as a result of it entrusts a number of the heavy lifting to Annu Kapoor, forged within the function of Karam’s father, who, in a hilarious twist, begins talking in fluent Urdu. The senior actor shines, bringing aptitude to his scenes, though all of the Muslim stereotypes that the movie insists on perpetuating are troubling.

The movie has moments of terrific, impressed comedy; there are scenes that fly. However in comparison with a few of Ayushmann’s current work – Bareilly Ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan or Badhaai Ho – this looks like a laboured effort. Director Raaj Shaandilyaa has nothing of any consequence to say about what makes some males (and girls) search refuge in cellphone friendships and intercourse. Twice within the movie Karam mentions the loneliness of his callers, however the movie doesn’t discover that thought even briefly.

The larger irony, I suppose, is {that a} movie whose subliminal message is about being comfy embracing one’s female aspect, has little use for its feminine characters. Karam’s romantic curiosity, performed by Nushrat Bharucha, has valuable little to do. The opposite ladies are strictly caricatures: the ball-busting lesbian journal editor, the booze-loving granny, and the poetry-loving policeman’s harridan spouse.

Via all its hiccups if there’s one factor that glues the movie’s bits collectively, it’s Ayushmann Khurrana’s uninhibited, assured efficiency as Karam aka Pooja. He brings grace and dignity to the form of function that has been lowered to a drag cliché on so a lot of tv’s actuality and comedy exhibits. He makes the movie work even when the script fails it repeatedly.

I’m going with two-and-a-half out of 5 for the movie, and an extra half star for Ayushmann’s efficiency, which makes it three out of 5 for Dream Lady. Go in with modest expectations and also you is probably not upset.

Ranking: 3 / 5

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