Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Manjot Singh, Vijay Raaz, Rajesh Sharma and Nidhi Bisht, Abhishek Bannerjee and Raj Bhansali
Dream Girl is the story of Karamveer Singh (Ayushmann Khurrana), a young man who has a talent for mimicking female voices from his childhood and uses it many times to save his friend Smiley (Manjot Singh) when he fails in exams.
Karam grows up and to earn money, now works in theater plays as 'Mata Sita' and 'Radha' in the small town of Gokul for which he is revered by the local people, while he struggles to find a real job as neither he nor his father Jagjit Singh (Annu Kapoor) is happy with his current line of work.
Karam is desperate to find work and his talent to mimic attractive female voices eventually lands him a job at a 'friendship call center' where he takes up the personality of Pooja, who charms and pleases single, lonely, and desperate men.
His job is to keep them engaged on phone mimicking Pooja as long as he can to earn his living. As his father has loans to pay, he continues to work there keeping his father in oblivion about his line of work.
While helping one of his father's customers one day, Karam accidentally meets Mahi (Nushrat Bharucha) and falls in love with her. Mahi reciprocates his feelings, both fall in love and get engaged.
Karam's fiance and his father are still not aware of his odd job and his life takes an unexpected turn when Pooja's lovers become eager to meet Pooja and marry her, Karam's father being one of them. What follows forms the crux of this hilarious comedy of errors.
In his debut directorial, Raj Shandilya handles everything well and succeeds in evoking laughter out of the bizarre moments and situations that Karam's life goes through. The screenplay is filled with witty lines and dialogues. Though it does seem a bit bumpy in the second half but gets back on track as soon as you realize that.
Ayushmann Khurrana is the new massy star of Bollywood as his films despite the Hatke content are watchable with your family. He hits the ball out of the park with his comic timing and the boy next door persona as the frustrated Karam. He is impeccable in every shot and is a delight to watch on screen.
Annu Kapoor as Karam's old lonely dad Jagjit Singh shines here too and is amusing in every frame, he and Ayushmann share a great camaraderie together and shine once again after 'Vicky Donor', and Nushrat Bharucha as his fiancee Mahi does justice to her part.
Rajesh Sharma does a commendable job as Karam's selfish boss. Vijay Raaz as the Shayar police officer 'Rajpal' with a disturbed married life and Manjot Singh, as Karam's best friend 'Smiley', just adds to the fun and crazy comic elements, you'll just fall in love these characters.
Abhishek Bannerjee as Mahi's brother 'Mahender' and Raj Bhansali as Pooja's Gujjar teenage lover 'Toto' are fantastic in their roles too. Nidhi Bisht as the misandrist 'Roma' stands out in her performance.
The music of the film is also good and enjoyable, credit goes to Meet Bros for that. Nakash Aziz and Jonita Gandhi's 'Dil Ka Telephone' is fun, Altamash Faridi and Palak Muchhal's 'Ik Mulakaat' portrays Ayushmaan and Nushrat's romance perfectly and Amit Gupta's 'Radhe Radhe' is one peppy number.
Dream Girl is marked by some great performances and the film belongs to every actor on screen as all of them are in their best form here, kudos to the great team effort.
All in all, Dream Girl is a straightforward comedy with a pinch of romance, the film does not attempt to delve into the topic of seriousness and that works out just fine, though it does try to deliver a message.
So, if you are looking for an all-out entertainer that you can see over the weekend with your family, then Pooja is calling you. Must Watch!