Dream Girl 2 Review: Ayushmann Khurrana Attempts To Salvage A Boring Storyline In Dream Girl 2

Dream Girl 2 Review: Ayushmann Khurrana, to his credit, never gives the feeling that he is on a ship that is sinking in Dream Girl 2. Even when the writing fails him, he gives everything he has.

Dream Girl 2 has more flaws than laughably empty writing. The comedic escapade begins with a jagrata sequence that is finished by lead actor Ayushmann Khurrana performing a song and dance. The rest of the cast follows his lead and hams their way through a completely absurd comedy, treating the movie like an all-nighter without a morrow.

With actors like Vijay Raaz and Seema Pahwa, who are often completely dependable, Dream Girl 2 is directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, who also oversaw the 2019 predecessor. However, Khurrana is the only one who has to carry the bulk of the workload. He makes an effort to save a tired plot that is as empty as a drum.

The actor doesn’t fully develop until a pre-climactic scene where Khurrana’s character is given the opportunity to go on a self-righteous rant against everyone in the vicinity. The apparently humorous moments that come before it, however, are a complete waste of time because they don’t produce the anticipated laugh riot.

In one random scene of Dream Girl 2, the hero, who spends the majority of the movie posing as a married lady, tells a character who is infatuated with ‘her’: aise mat ro, mujhe hansi aa jayegi (don’t cry, I’ll burst out laughing). The audience is moved to tears or lulled into a state of apathy that lasts the entire runtime of the movie by the comedy, which has the opposite impact.

In Dream Girl 2, Karam Singh (Khurrana), a citizen of Mathura and an unemployed gender-morphing jagrata performer, is in love with aspiring attorney Pari Shrivastava (Ananya Panday). However, the girl’s father (Manoj Joshi) sets requirements for the suitor because his father, Jagjeet Singh (Annu Kapoor), is buried beneath a pile of debt and their ancestral home is a crumbling wreck.

Dream Girl 2 Review: Ayushmann Khurrana Attempts To Salvage A Boring Storyline In Dream Girl 2

The money-minded father advises the prospective bride, “Find a job, renovate your house, accumulate a sizeable bank balance, and only then ask for my daughter’s hand.” Instigated by Smiley, Karam (Manjot Singh) tries his hand at the bar dancing at Saajan “Sona Bhai” Tiwari’s (Vijay Raaz) nightclub. Although the money is good, is it sufficient?

In Dream Girl 2, Sakina (Anusha Mishra) is dear to Smiley. The time has come for this girl’s father Abu Saleem (Paresh Rawal) to step in and make a demand of his own. He tells the ever-jovial Smiley, “Before you marry Sakina, get my son, Mohammed Shahrukh (Abhishek Banerjee), out of the deep funk he has sunk into since his break-up with his girlfriend.” To assist his friend, Karam returns to the scene as Pooja while posing as a psychotherapist.

The script (by the filmmaker and Naresh Kathooria) detracts from the comedy of mistakes and clumsy cross-connections between members of Abu Saleem’s troubled family and Karam’s financially constrained father and encouraging friend. Never does it go beyond the pedestrian.

Though for all the wrong reasons, one does laugh at what is happening.

Some of the characters’ gags reference Sunny Deol as Gadar and Shahrukh Khan as Pathaan. They lack appeal. However, they are not insulting, if not acceptable. However, Dream Girl 2’s attempt at lowbrow comedically includes making light of sexual orientation, gender fluidity, adoption, and even sadness (and the field of the psychiatrist).

Despite the fact that the protagonist of Dream Girl 2 poses as a woman in order to earn the money necessary to wed the lady he adores, there are only two women in the movie. One of them is the protagonist’s girlfriend, who constantly invites trouble while the male protagonist changes genders with the touch of a finger while breathing hot and cold. The other is Jumani (Seema Pahwa), a much-married older woman who is currently going through a nasty divorce and frantically seeking a fourth husband, even if it means getting entangled in an even bigger mess.

Dream Girl 2 Review: Ayushmann Khurrana Attempts To Salvage A Boring Storyline In Dream Girl 2

There are no other ladies who would have been expected to exist or at the very least be accounted for. Sakina’s father and Karam’s father are both widowers. And Pari’s mother is not even mentioned. It is logical to assume that her dad is no longer married as well. I’m curious as to the logic.

The viewer may want to hunt for a hint in the following statement that Karam/Pooja makes to enlighten Smiley, who is perplexed: You have no idea how difficult it is to become a woman, to quote Tujhe Pata from Ladki Banna. He continues after that. Ussey bhi mushkil hota hota hai ladki hona (It is even tougher to be a woman) is how he concludes the sentence. That is the extent of Dream Girl 2’s wokeness.

Tiger Pandey (Ranjan Raj), a bank employee who falls in love with Pooja’s voice over the phone (much like the lovers he/she had in 2019’s Dream Girl), is by far the funniest character in this uninspired comedy. Tiger Pandey searches for Pooja all across Agra and Mathura.

He is, regrettably, the most disposable of the guys circling Pooja. He appears just to be teased mercilessly, vanishes, and then reappears to be used as a punching bag.

The main character of Dream Girl 2 frequently switches between genders, having numerous trips to the bathroom to get his oranges in place. If only the producers, hoping to capitalize on the success of 2019’s Dream Girl, knew their onions better, the meagre amount of juice they manage to squeeze out of a wrung-out concept would at least have been more flavorful.

Dream Girl 2 Review: Ayushmann Khurrana Attempts To Salvage A Boring Storyline In Dream Girl 2

Ayushmann Khurrana deserves praise for never giving the feeling that his ship is sinking. Even when the writing disappoints him, he does not hold back in the slightest. When the script allows, Manjot Singh perseveres bravely and offers the lead actor some assistance.

But you can tell you’re seeing a movie that has no idea where it’s heading when a wide range of seasoned actors with impressive resumes are reduced to basically acting the part. The audience and I both immediately realize that this is a lost cause.

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