Ayushmann Khurrana’s unique brand of comedies has firmly nestled its way into the hearts of Bollywood fans. Following the success of his 2019 film ‘Dream Girl’, which grossed Rs 200 crores worldwide, a sequel was naturally on the cards. With Ayushmann reprising his role as Pooja, a charming woman with a mesmerizing voice, the sequel promises more laughs, this time with the addition of seasoned comedy actors like Vijay Raaz, Rajpal Yadav, and Paresh Rawal. However, does ‘Dream Girl 2’ manage to recreate the magic of its predecessor?
Director Raaj Shaandilyaa reintroduces Pooja from ‘Dream Girl’ (2019), now with a bolder and more determined persona. Previously known for her voice, Pooja’s real, human side takes the stage in the second instalment as she answers phone calls. While Ayushmann’s portrayal of Pooja exudes style and charisma, ‘Dream Girl 2’ falls somewhat short of expectations.
The film presents an engaging storyline with good intentions. It induces genuine laughter, peppered with clever one-liners, inventive jokes, and references to other films that occasionally hit the mark. While some scenes evoke nostalgia, there’s an occasional inconsistency in balancing the comedic tempo.
Despite its entertaining premise, the film stumbles in its portrayal of mental health. A particular phrase implying that only affluent individuals experience depression raises concerns about insensitivity. In today’s climate, writers must exercise caution and empathy when dealing with such subjects.
Dream Girl 2 boasts a rich ensemble cast, comprising maestros of the craft, those who shine on-screen, and others who are underutilized. Without revealing too much of the plot, the characters alone contribute to nearly half of the story’s essence.
The narrative follows Karamveer, alias Karam (Ayushmann), masquerading as Pooja, as he navigates the complexities of love and financial dilemmas. The introduction of a sex psychiatrist angle adds a layer of complexity to the already chaotic plot. The film ventures into parallel universes, intertwining comedic threads that occasionally blur.
Ayushmann, whether as Karam or Pooja, is a constant delight, exuding charm and authenticity. His performances bring forth genuine laughter, even though the screenplay occasionally falters in his character’s development. While Ananya Panday’s role remains limited, seasoned actors such as Paresh Rawal, Seema Pahwa, and Annu Kapoor lend robust support to Ayushmann.
Dream Girl 2, though over two hours long, never loses momentum. The pacing varies, and while it keeps the audience engaged, it occasionally falters in maintaining a consistently exhilarating rhythm. The climax, while satisfying, could have been more impactful after the film’s earlier humorous moments.
Ayushmann’s magnetic presence overshadows other characters, and it’s regrettable that Ananya Panday doesn’t receive ample opportunity to showcase her talent. The film, replete with cheesy humour, excels in its primary goal—to evoke laughter. While it may not be Ayushmann’s most remarkable work, his portrayal of Karam/Pooja remains impressive.
In conclusion, ‘Dream Girl 2’ is a comedy that mostly succeeds in what it sets out to do – make you laugh. The film offers a mix of cheesy humour and situational comedy that’s designed to entertain. While it may not match the original’s charm entirely, it’s a Bollywood comedy that will appeal to many, particularly those who enjoyed the first ‘Dream Girl’. If you’re in the mood for a lighthearted, desi-flavored comedy, this film might be the perfect choice to put a smile on your face.