REVIEW: DREAM GIRL
Of all the actors presently active on the Bollywood screen, Ayushmann Khurrana, is the one whose movies have raked in the highest returns on the investments. No other actor has delivered five commercial successes in a short span of two years. BAREILLY KI BARFI (Aug 2017), SHUBH MANGAL SAVDHAAN (Sep 2017), ANDHADHUN (Oct 2018), BADHAAI HO (Oct 2018) and ARTICLE 15 (Jun 2019). And that makes his success rate 100 per cent! Add to that the fact that no other lead actor has had 5 releases in a two year span in recent years. In each of these movies, he has played very different characters in totally non-glamorous settings in a remarkable manner meriting nominations from various quarters (including a National award for best actor). ARTICLE 15 was released just a few months ago and I am sure that his performance in this movie will also fetch him a couple of awards. In the light of the above, shouldn’t Ayushmann be called as the DREAM BOY of Indian Cinema?
DREAM GIRL, his latest movie, which released yesterday, has had the highest opening box-office collections compared to all his previous movies. Directed by debutant Raj Shaandilyaa, DREAM GIRL is a light hearted fun ride with a message about the serious ailment of loneliness in today’s world. Bollywood has realised that one doesn’t have to rely on making contorted faces or physically challenged bodies or below the belt dialogues or double entendre dialogues to create laughter. That is a great evolution indeed! DREAM GIRL scores not only because of the amazing chemistry between Annu Kapoor and Ayushmann (who can forget their performance in Ayushmann’s debut movie VICKY DONOR) but because of its attempted sincerity in bringing alive scenes from a Tier 3 town like Mathura. But as a whole, DREAM GIRL comes across as a series of short skits, rather than as an integrated comedy. Add to that the length, which at two hours and twenty minutes is a clear twenty minutes longer than Ayushmann’s previous movies, and DREAM GIRL slips a little. But notwithstanding these flaws, DREAM GIRL is a must watch, if only to lighten your day!
RATING: 3.5 out of 5
September 14th, 2019