The film Dream Girl 2, which has Ayushmann Khurrana and Ananya Panday as the main actors, is directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa and produced by Ektaa R Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor. The film also features Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Asrani, Seema Pahwa, Vijay Raaz, Manjot Singh, Abhishek Banerjee, Ranjan Raj, Manoj Joshi, and Annu Kapoor in important roles. The film released today on August 25, 2023 all over.
Like first part, Ayushmann Khurrana as Karamveer, a man who can mimic a woman’s voice and works as a telecaller at a female friendship call centre. The sequel, directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, follows Karamveer’s new troubles as he tries to marry his girlfriend Pari (Ananya Panday), but has to pretend to be a woman named Pooja and work as a dancer at a bar to earn money. His life becomes more complicated when four men fall in love with Pooja and pursue her for marriage.
Ayushmann Khurrana is the only saving grace of this film, as he tries his best to make the most of the weak script and the repetitive jokes. He switches between Karamveer and Pooja with ease and charm, and manages to evoke some laughs with his expressions, trademark charm and dialogues. Ananya Panday, on the other hand, has nothing much to do as Pari, except look pretty and act clueless. She shares no chemistry with Ayushmann and fails to make an impact.
The supporting cast of Paresh Rawal, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Rajpal Yadav, Seema Pahwa and Abhishek Banerjee are wasted in their roles, as they are reduced to caricatures and stereotypes. They ham their way through the film, without adding any value or humour.
Dream Girl 2 suffers from a lack of originality and humour, as it rehashes the same plot and jokes from the first film. The film does not explore any new dimensions or situations for Karamveer’s dilemma, and instead relies on the same old formula of cross-dressing and confusion. The film also has a weak storyline, which is full of loopholes and inconsistencies. The film does not address the social or emotional implications of Karamveer’s actions, and instead makes light of them. The film also has a regressive and insensitive tone, as it mocks mental health issues, gender identity, sexuality and religion. The film also has some unnecessary songs and subplots, which drag the film and make it boring.
The film also lacks technical finesse in terms of cinematography, art direction and editing. The only saving grace of the film is its one song Dil ka telephone, which is composed by Meet Bros. Music is average. ‘Dil Ka Telephone 2.0’ is the best track of the lot. ‘Naach’, ‘Jamnapar’ and ‘Main Marjawangi’ don’t create the desired impact. Hitesh Sonik’s background score is a bit loud, and it works for a film of this genre. C K Muraleedharan’s cinematography is neat. Ankita Jha’s costumes are realistic but for Ayushmann’s character of Pooja, it’s quite vibrant as per the requirement. Rajat Poddar’s production design is satisfactory. Hemal Kothari’s editing is too quick.
Dream Girl 2 is a disappointing sequel that fails to recapture the original quirky charm and humour of Dream Girl. The film is a waste of talent and time, and should be avoided by the fans of the first film. The film is neither funny nor entertaining, and only leaves the audience with a headache.
It is a waste of time and money for both the viewers and the makers. It is better to watch the first part again or skip this one altogether. It might open well but it doesn’t have legs for long run.
Critics Rating: 1.5/5 stars
Box Office Rating: 2.5/5
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