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Review of the movie Dream Girl 2 In the most recent comedy by Raaj Shaandilyaa, Ayushmann Khurrana plays Karam/Pooja.
Ayushmann Khurrana’s transformation from Bollywood’s poster boy to its Dream Girl must have been challenging. You must commend him for taking such a chance and depicting “Pooja” without allowing it get out of control. What matters is whether or not it succeeds. Dream Girl 2 is daring, unrepentant, and enjoyable on the surface. I particularly dislike labelling a movie a slapstick or a no-brainer, though. Even when laughing, one needs to think.
After first introducing Pooja in Dream Girl (2019), director Raaj Shaandilyaa brings her back in a more audacious, blatant, and flamboyant persona. She spoke her way into everyone’s hearts in the first installment, and in the second, she emerges from the phone as a real, breathing “woman.” Dress Girl 2 doesn’t quite live up to its predecessor, despite all the style and sass Ayushmann displays as Pooja.
Ayushmann’s Double Act: A Review of Dream Girl 2’s Comedy Delight
The plot is good and well-intentioned. It makes you laugh out; it has some amusing one-liners, brilliant gags, and allusions to other films, some of which work and others of which don’t. When Ananya says, “Mujhe dancing, singing aur painting ka kitna shaunk hai,” you can’t help but think of young Anjali from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Similar to how Babuji Amrish Puri’s photo of Raj and Simran flies into his lap, a character in another scene tosses a pregnancy test kit from the balcony and it lands right in someone’s lap.
One line in particular disturbed me because it implied that mental health was a problem just for the wealthy: “Yeh ameer hai… tune kabhi kisi gareeb ko depression mein dekha hai.” Makers need to be a little more careful and supportive while crafting such inappropriate sentences in the times we live in.
Mixed Elements in Dream Girl 2: Laughs, Praises, and Some Missed Opportunities
Back to the story, Dream Girl 2 offers you a feast of performers, some of whom are masters of the craft, some of whom strain too much on screen, and others who are simply wasted. Even if I tried to keep the plot a secret, just stating this cast of people would expose around half the story.
Shaandilyaa tells the tale of Karamveer, also known as Karam posing as Pooja (Ayushmann), who want to wed Pari (Ananya Panday), but is subject to one condition from her father (Manoj Joshi). In addition to repaying his father Jagjit Singh’s (Annu Kapoor) loans, Karam has to have a large bank account and a secure future. On the suggestion of his father and best friend Smiley (Manjot Singh), Karam changes into pub dancer Pooja in an effort to get some fast money. But that’s insufficient. In a parallel universe, Smiley wishes to wed Sakina, the daughter of a Muslim patriarch played by Paresh Rawal, whom he first wants to marry his unhappy son Shah Rukh (Abhishek Bannerjee). Unexpectedly, Smiley convinces Karam to become a sex therapist without providing any justification, and the next second, We see Pooja’s union with Shah Rukh. The situation keeps getting worse.
There’s more, hold on! Along with the random bank employee (Ranjan Ranjan Raj), who hasn’t even met Pooja yet, pub owner Sona Bhaiya (Vijay Raaj) also wants to wed her. Some outrageous characters, like as Sakina’s adoptive brother Rajpal Yadav, her grandpa Asrani, her three-times-married aunt Jumani (Seema Pahwa), who falls for Karam while his father Jagjit lusts after her, all contribute to the mayhem. The comedy of mishaps then gets started.
There is never an uninteresting moment in Dream Girl 2, which lasts little over two hours. It’s hardly a joyride from beginning to end, though. The writing is weak at times when Pooja isn’t being Pooja, and the pace varies from incredibly quick to really slow at points. But never so much that it makes you fall asleep. Together with Naresh Kathooria, Shaandilyaa co-wrote a narrative that consistently veers towards the ridiculous.
Ayushmann is too good to be true, whether in the roles of Karam or Pooja, and that fact hasn’t changed throughout the entire movie. Thankfully, he has a lot of scenes where he plays Pooja. He is simply stunning in those scenes. He just charms you with everything he does, including his body language, makeup, dancing, and ability to speak in a feminine voice. I’m glad he doesn’t make crossdressing offensive, with the exception of a few scenes that were poorly written but were still performed well. Despite the fact that it may not be one of his best pieces, it is certainly difficult. Since he is a hero we typically see in films with a social message, we hoped there would be a surprise in this one as well.
Ananya Panday comes next. She seems to have never received anything from Raaj Shaandilyaa that would have brought out the actress in her, which makes me honestly sorry for her. She has very little to do in the movie and ends up making a lengthy cameo, maintaining her Mathura-meets-South Bombay confusion. I suppose it’s about time she landed a compelling role in a suspenseful thriller or something more compelling project that will appeal to audiences.
Abhishek is seldom ever on screen and doesn’t contribute much, but Manjot is entertaining. Ayushmann is effectively supported by seasoned actors Paresh Rawal, Seema Pahwa, and Annu Kapoor. I wish to beg the writers of Vijay Raaj and Rajpal Yadav’s characters in this review to provide them better scripts. Massively funny throughout, Dream Girl 2 is only goal is to entertain. And it largely succeeds in doing that.