Ayushmann Khurrana’s movie is a follow-up to his popular romantic comedy Dream Girl from 2019. He was depicted playing the part of a call girl, thus catfishing individuals into falling in love with his on-the-phone character Pooja. The film’s narrative was original and unexpected, yet it also addressed significant topics such as female everyday problems including loneliness and melancholy. Dream Girl 2 makes an effort to do neither, remaining an outright comedy with few chuckles but no clear plot point.
Karam’s Pooja takes on a number of dirty professions, including those of a pub singer and dancer and a fictitious psychiatrist for a heartbroken man. When he is given lakhs to marry the man, the situation just gets worse. With numerous loans to repay and a father-in-law to persuade, Pooja accepts a challenge that results in a few humorous moments that will make you think of 2000s films like Chup Chup Ke, Houseful of Cards, and Dhamaal. However, they lack the same intensity or unexpected turns that would keep you interested.
Unfortunately, Raaj Shaandilyaa, who wrote and directed the original, does not add anything new to the film’s direction. It seems like a chance for the producers and the actors to earn some quick money without truly adding anything to the current crop of comedic films. For years, the genre has been flat, and Dream Girl 2 doesn’t really change that. The LGBTQ themes and excellent representative moments in the movie are present, but they don’t last for more than a minute or two. The unsatisfactory film’s ending also goes against what endures.
Ayushmann Khurrana is entertaining to watch as Pooja; he provides many funny moments, but as Karam, he feels unfit for a starring role. Although he starts the story on a positive note, his character actually betrays, lies, and disappoints everyone around him before walking away with a weak monologue that concludes with the words “Love Is Love,” which isn’t enough to prevent the audience from feeling let down.
While this is going on, actors like Vijay Raaz, Annu Kapoor, Rajpal Yadav, and Paresh Rawal try their best with unfinished roles. However, they hardly have any effect on the story’s screen. Since he has performed considerably greater comedic roles in prior films with smaller roles, Abhishek Banerjee talents stay wasted in the movie.
Ananya Panday, who is supposed to play the primary role, however, only makes a brief appearance to serve as a reminder of the main plot. The romance subplot wasn’t necessary for the movie to succeed. If Karam had another genuine need for money or a job, the situation might have ended better. The cinematography is straightforward because it mostly consists of glamour shots of Pooja and Karam. The songs aren’t enough to carry you through the end; they’re just effective in the here and now.
Overall, Dream Girl 2 should be avoided because it is nothing like the first 2009 picture and lacks unmissable hilarious moments that will be missed by the end. Unremarkable and perhaps better suited for an OTT watch.