Karamveer wants to marry his girlfriend, Pari. But he must first fulfil her father’s condition and make Rs 25 lakhs in six months. An easy way out for him is pretending to be a girl and dancing at a bar. Things take a bizarre turn when four people pursue Pooja/Karam for marriage.

Dream Girl 2 review: Director Raaj Shaandilyaa serves this comedy four years after the original Dream Girl, which was delightful for its quirky set-up and premise. The second outing has a similar premise. Karamveer (Ayushmann Khurrana) needs to raise an enormous amount of money quickly if he wants to marry his girlfriend, Pari Shrivastav (Ananya Panday). So, he pretends to be a woman, Pooja, and works as a dancer at Sona Bhai’s (Vijay Raaz) bar. Thereon, the movie has little new to offer throughout its 133 minutes. Writers Raaj and Naresh Kathooria have tried to crank up the comedy, but the narrative goes haywire and ends up as just a mishmash of situations and characters pursuing each other.

Besides Sona Bhai, Pooja attracts unwanted attention from Shoukiya (Rajpal Yadav) as she pretends to be a psychiatrist treating his brother Shahrukh (Abhishek Banerjee), who is depressed after a breakup. The much-widely spoken issue of mental health could have been treated far more sensitively in the plot, instead, it's left to being called a 'rich person’s disease.' Shahrukh’s father, Abu Saleem (Paresh Rawal), believes marrying Pooja is the cure, and the family vows to reward her with Rs 50 lakhs for the unison. Amid this, there’s Shahrukh and Shoukiya’s sister Jumani (Seema Pahwa), who falls for Karam while his father Jagjit Singh (Annu Kapoor) is in love with her.

As the viewer tries to keep up with the characters’ shenanigans, some tracks are long-drawn, such as when Karam switches between being himself and Pooja. Many comedy scenes come across as too forced, and simply add ot the film. In comedy films, dialogues and their comic timing play a pivotal role in bringing out the laughs, but here, the one-liners here are kitschy and don't always land. When trying to convince Karam to become a dance girl, his friend Smiley (Manjot Singh), pointing to an aged customer on the dance floor, says, ‘Shakti nahi bachi par Shakti Kapoor poora bacha hai.’ While songs pop up one after the other, the music by Meet Bros and Tanishk Bagchi is not memorable, except for Dil Ka Telephone 2.0, a redux of the hit from the movie’s first instalment.

Ayushmann Khurrana skillfully switches between playing Karam and Pooja’s characters in the film. He particularly shines in the dance sequences and gets the latkas and jhatkas perfectly. His knack at pulling off situational comedy shows and he owns some of the best parts of the film. Ananya Panday has little scope to perform, and struggles with consistency in her Braj Bhasha dialogue delivery. Annu Kapoor stands out, while other actors like Paresh Rawal, Seema Pahwa, Vijay Raaz, Manjot Singh, and Abhishek Banerjee offer commendable support.

Dream Girl 2 relies on familiar territory, often straying into unnecessary comedic tangents. Despite some good performances and moments, the film falls short of recreating the quirky charm of its predecessor.


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