Dream Girl (2019 film)
Dream Girl is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language comedy film directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa and co-produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor under their banner Balaji Motion Pictures. In the film, Ayushmann Khurrana plays a cross-gender actor whose female voice impersonation begets attention from others. Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Manjot Singh, and Vijay Raaz feature in supporting roles.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Raaj Shaandilyaa|
|Produced by||Ekta Kapoor|
|Written by||Raaj Shaandilyaa|
|Screenplay by||Nirmaan D. Singh|
|Edited by||Hemal Kothari|
|Distributed by||Pen Marudhar Entertainment|
|Box office||est. ₹200.8 crore|
Principal photography began in December 2018. The film was theatrically released in India on 13 September 2019.
Karamveer 'Karam' Singh is good at impersonating the female voice from a very young age and hence keeps getting female lead roles in mythological plays since his childhood, although he protests every time and would settle for a much smaller but a male character. He is currently unemployed and gets to perform these roles because it fetches him good money. His friend Smiley runs a liquor shop and supports him in his every endeavor. His father, Jagjeet Singh runs a shop dealing in funeral items and is sunk deep into loans he owes to various banks. Due to low turnover, he is unable to payback the EMI's.
While returning from an unsuccessful interview for a job, Karam sees an ad that promises Rs. 70,000/month salary. He reaches the given address, but the employer Mauji 'W Ji' (Rajesh Sharma) rejects him outright without inquiring his qualifications. Karamveer pleads, and finally, Mauji relents and shows him his call center where only ladies work. The call-center is entertaining fantasies of people who call them, mostly men who don't have a partner in life. Karamveer is shocked but quickly regains his composure, and impromptu answers a call in a female voice for Ms. Puja, who frequently is on leave.
Mauji is impressed with his skill and immediately hires him and gives him Rs. 25,000 as advance payment. Karamveer tells his father that he has got a job at an MNC and hand overs him the advance payment he received. His father is happy at this news, while Karam celebrates with his friend Smiley. Later at the job, he garners a good fan base because of his sweet voice and sharp presence of mind.
He comes across Mahi at his customer's home where he went to deliver products asked from his father's shop. He is smitten by her beauty and catches her attention with some witty lines. Later they come across each other while waiting in a queue, and Karam impresses her with his funny personality and love blossoms between the two and soon they get engaged.
At his job, Karam comes across a few people who call him regularly: Toto, a spoilt brat; Rajpal, a policeman by profession who writes couplets; Roma, editor of a magazine; Karam's father Jagjeet and Mahi's brother, Mahinder. Karam, initially unknown of their real identities, eventually,comes across them in his life and is surprised to know their identities. Eventually, everyone becomes obsessed with Puja, impersonated by Karam, because of her sweet voice and friendly nature. They fall in love with Puja and everyone wants to marry her.
Karam, frustrated with such unsolicited requests, offers to quit. His employer, Mauji rejects his resignation and blackmails him that he would expose his identity to his neighborhood, which might jeopardize his marriage. Karam decides to tell everything to Mahi but fizzles out when he realizes her brother Mahinder is also a fan of Puja. He figures out that if he talks rudely with his callers, they would get along with their realities and stop calling him. This move backfires as everyone becomes more obsessed with Puja, Toto attempts to commit suicide, and Rajpal threatens to abandon his wife.
Karamveer, starts threatening these people to stay away from Puja or otherwise face the consequences in an attempt to stop them from marrying Puja.
In one such events, Karamveer as Puja tells Roma that she is in love with her boyfriend Anurag. Roma insists upon meeting Anurag to see if he is a good guy. Karamveer meets Roma at a mall posing as Anurag. After the meeting, he comes across Mahinder, shopping at the mall who overhears Roma and Karam and tells it to Mahi, also present at the mall. Roma, already skeptical of Karamveer alias Anurag's character, tells Mahi that Karam is engaged to Puja when Mahi reveals that she is Karam's fiancé, and his duplicity is exposed. Mahi, heartbroken, leaves from the mall when Karamveer is not able to explain the situation to her. Confusion breaks out in the mall and Puja's identity remains tumultuous.
Karam chases Mahi and takes her to his office and explains everything. Mauji misbehaves with Mahi and she slaps him in front of his staff. Karamveer defends Mahi and leaves the office, further enraging Mauji. Mahi reconciles with Karamveer. Later, she attends the play where Karam is playing role of Radha. At the end of the play, Rajpal arrives with Mauji who claim that Karam has killed Puja. Karam recites one of Rajpal's couplet. Rajpal is taken aback since he shared the couplet with Puja and nobody else.
Karam reveals that he has been impersonating Puja all this while. This is followed by an emotional speech by Karam on growing loneliness amongst people. Roma comes with the real Puja and exposes Mauji who is arrested by Rajpal. Toto, Mahinder, Jagjeet and Roma learn that Karam has been impersonating Puja all the while. Finally, everyone refuses to marry Karam except Mahi.
- Ayushmann Khurrana as Karamveer Singh/Pooja
- Nushrat Bharucha as Mahi Rajput
- Annu Kapoor as Jagjeet Singh
- Manjot Singh as Smiley Singh
- Vijay Raaz as Rajpal Kirar
- Abhishek Banerjee as Mahinder Rajput
- Raj Bhansali as Chandu “Toto” Pushp
- Rajesh Sharma as Mauji (WJI)
- Nidhi Bisht as Roma Gupta
- Neela Mulherkar as Dadi
- Neha Saraf as Chandrakanta Kirar
- Jitender Gaur as Toto's Dad
- Arihant as Sonu Kirar
- Gagan Gupta as Director
- Saurabh Nayyar as Ram
- Shashi Ranjan as Hanuman
- Yash Yogen as Laxman
- Basant Garg as Deepak
- Sukesh Anand as Ravan
- Vedika Bhandari as Pooja (Original)
- Habib Azmi as Kazi
- Riteish Deshmukh (special appearance in song "Dhagala Lagali")
In November 2018 Ayushmann Khurrana announced Dream Girl to be written and directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa and produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor and Aashish Singh. Nushrat Bharucha cast opposite him. The lead character will have three accents in the film. Ahmed Khan is choreographing the dances with Khurrana in sari.
Principal photography began in December 2018. Bharucha completed her part of filming in January 2019 in Mumbai.
Marketing and release
The first look poster of the film was released on 3 December 2018. It presented Ayushmann Khurrana in a sari. On 12 August official trailer of the film was launched by Balaji Motion Pictures.
The film was released theatrically on 13 September 2019.
Dream Girl received mixed response from critics, who criticised the "empty" and "jumbled-up" writing as well as the "tasteless" and "stale" humour, but praised the performances of the supporting cast. The film holds holds an approval rating of 50% based on 12 reviews on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 6/10.
Charu Thakur of India Today gave the film three stars out of five, noted that Dream Girl was an out-and-out comedy with witty one-liners and jokes, which made it a long comic skit sans a storyline. She concurred with Taran in praising performance of Khurrana and Kapoor. Criticising director for losing subject of the film she concluded, "However, his [Shaandilyaa's] hesitation to delve deeper into the subject makes it score less on the report card. If you are looking for a light-hearted comedy this weekend, [this film] should definitely be on your list."
Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave two stars out of five and felt the film was had many good ideas but those were not executed, stating, ".... these ideas remain half-baked, being mouthed strictly as meaningless dialogue for either laughs or claps". Praising Khurana for his performance, she concluded, "You stay watching Dream Girl for Khurrana. He plays Karam/Pooja with grace and conviction, and makes this thing sing."  Priyanka Sinha Jha of CNN-News18, praising Khurrana and ensemble of Manjot Singh, Vijay Raaz, Annu Kapoor, Abhishek Banerjee, Nushrat Bharucha, Rajesh Sharma, Nidhi Bisht and Raj Bhansali for their performances, rates the film with three and half stars out of five. Agreeing with Gupta, she noted that the second half did suffer from lack of ingenuity. Praising writer-director Raaj Shaandilyaa for 'keeping the screenplay pithy, the dialogues glib and story on the tracks, she opined, "Dream Girl will surely entertain the film going audiences while sparking off an important conversation on gender constructs in Indian cinema."
Dream Girl has the opening day collection of ₹10.05 crore, and second day collection of ₹16.42 crore, whereas the third day collection was ₹18.10 crore, taking its total opening weekend collection to ₹44.57 crore in India. On the fourth day the film crossed ₹50 crore and became Khurrana's fastest film to cross ₹50 crore until his next release, Bala. The film has become the eleventh highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2019.
As of 24 October 2019, with a gross of ₹169.36 crore in India and ₹31.44 crore overseas, the film has grossed ₹200.80 crore worldwide.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||6 September 2019|
|Studio||Meet Bros Recording Studio|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
The music of the film is composed by Meet Bros while lyrics are by Kumaar and Shabbir Ahmed. The song "Dhagala Lagali" was removed due to a copyright issue.
|1.||"Radhe Radhe"||Amit Gupta, Meet Bros, Amit Mishra||3:30|
|2.||"Dil Ka Telephone"||Nakash Aziz, Jonita Gandhi, Meet Bros||3:29|
|3.||"Dhagala Lagali"||Jyotica Tangri, Mika Singh, Meet Bros, Vishal Dadlani||3:00|
|4.||"Ik Mulaqaat" (Lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed)||Altamash Faridi, Palak Muchhal, Meet Bros, Shahid Mallya||4:07|
|5.||"Gat Gat"||Jass Zaildar, Khushboo Grewal, Meet Bros||3:40|
|6.||"Radhe Radhe" (Remix)||Amit Gupta, Meet Bros, DJ Harshit Shah||2:45|
|7.||"Dil Ka Telephone" (Remix)||Nakash Aziz, Jonita Gandhi, Meet Bros||3:16|
|8.||"Ik Mulaqaat" (Unplugged)||Ayushmann Khurrana||3:33|
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