Ayushmann Khurrana is on a roll. After delivering his first 200-crore film (Badhaai Ho) last year, delivering arguably the best-reviewed Hindi film (Andhadhun) of 2018, the National Award-winning actor is back with his next film. Titled Dream Girl, the film seems to be ticking all the boxes of what has now come to be known as an Ayushmann Khurrana-type of social drama. Set in a small town (Mathura), the film gives Khurrana’s character a ‘peculiar’ problem to deal with, provides commentary on society’s conventional wisdom and wraps it all up with a healthy dose of laughter.
In Dream Girl, it seems like Khurrana is challenging the set notions of masculinity, by playing the role of an actor who only essays female characters. Whether it is to play Sita or Radha, Khurrana’s character even modulates his voice to score his first job. Directed by debutante Raaj Shaandilyaa, one scene in the film even invokes the #MeToo movement in the middle of Mahabharat (on a day when Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron turns 36). The way Khurrana answers the phone (in his sexy voice) is directly reminiscent of Vidya Balan’s Tumhari Sulu, where a housewife becomes a late-night phenomenon on a radio station.
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety‘s Nushrat Barucha stars opposite Ayushmann Khurrana in the film. As is the case in most of his films, even this Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer has a strong supporting cast: Annu Kapoor, Rajesh Sharma, Vijay Raaz, Stree‘s Abhishek Banerjee and Nidhi Bisht.
After delivering two 200+ crore films (Andhadhun made more than 300 crore in China alone), the trade clearly has high hopes from this VJ-turned-actor/singer from Chandigarh. And you can already sense, that this one’s another winner.
Here’s the trailer for Dream Girl: