Dream Girl was the epithet reserved for the one and only Hema Malini. It seems we now have a new Dream Girl.
Ayushmann Khurrana has a truckload of fun in the trailer of Dream Girl, an out-and-out comedy directed by first-timer Raaj Shandilya. Ayushmann plays a straight man who doesn’t fear exploring the feminine side of his personality. When the terrific trailer opens we see Ayushmann making a late entry as Sita in an open-air Ramayan performance. Before the trailer ends, he reminds us that if the Mahabharata had happened in the era of #MeToo, some characters would have been in jail.
The dialogues are cutting and quirky, hilarious without trying to be over-cute or consciously subtle. As his phone-sex avatar Pooja, Ayushmann moulds his own voice to a feminine treble and comes out sounding disturbingly sexy. In fact the trailer shows him collecting a slew of admirers of both sexes.
Undoubtedly, Dream Girl would be one of the funniest films of 2019. Among the many things that I look forward to is the coming together of Ayushmann Khurrana and Anu Kapoor once again after Vicky Donor. In the earlier film, Kapoor urged Ayushmann to become a sperm donor. Here he encourages Ayushmann to masquerade as a woman on the phone for business purposes.
The trailer had me laughing hard at its irreverent tone and audacious attitude. There is an Emraan Hashmi joke and a Diana Penty joke tucked in the folds of its furious humour. I advise the entire film industry and the nation by extension to develop a sense of humour before Dream Girl releases in September. Otherwise there will be a whole lot of righteous Indians gunning for film that doesn’t care whom it offends, as long as it does offend those who think they are custodians of the nation’s morality.