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Lost in Laughter: ‘Dream Girl 2’ Struggles to Recreate the Original’s Charm

“Dream Girl 2” attempts to replicate its predecessor’s humor but falters. Ayushmann Khurrana shines as Karam/Pooja, but the plot meanders with forced comedy. Despite strong performances, it falls short of the original’s quirkiness.

“Dream Girl 2” is a movie about a guy named Karamveer who wants to marry his girlfriend, Pari. But to do that, he needs to make a lot of money, Rs 25 lakhs, in just six months. He finds an unusual way to do this: he pretends to be a girl and dances at a bar. Things get strange when four people start pursuing him, thinking he’s a girl named Pooja.

The director, Raaj Shaandilyaa, brings us this comedy four years after the first “Dream Girl” movie, which was known for its funny and unusual story. The second movie has a similar story. Karamveer (played by Ayushmann Khurrana) needs a lot of money to marry Pari (played by Ananya Panday). So, he pretends to be a woman named Pooja and works as a dancer at a bar owned by Sona Bhai (played by Vijay Raaz). However, the movie doesn’t offer much new in its 133-minute duration. The writers tried to make it funny, but the story becomes confusing, with different situations and characters chasing each other.

Apart from Sona Bhai, Pooja gets attention from Shoukiya (played by Rajpal Yadav) when she pretends to be a psychiatrist helping Shoukiya’s brother Shahrukh (played by Abhishek Banerjee), who is sad after a breakup. The movie could have handled the topic of mental health better, but it’s treated as a joke. Shahrukh’s father thinks that marrying Pooja will help Shahrukh, and they offer her a reward of Rs 50 lakhs. There’s also Shahrukh and Shoukiya’s sister Jumani (played by Seema Pahwa), who falls for Karam, while Karam’s father (played by Annu Kapoor) is in love with Jumani.

As you try to follow the characters and their funny situations, some parts of the story are too long, like when Karam switches between being himself and Pooja. Some comedy scenes feel forced and don’t really fit well. In comedies, funny dialogues and timing are important, but in this movie, the lines are not very funny. Ayushmann Khurrana does a great job switching between Karam and Pooja. He’s really good at dancing and his comedic acting is impressive. Ananya Panday doesn’t have much to do in her role, and her dialogue delivery could be better. Annu Kapoor does a great job, and other actors like Paresh Rawal, Seema Pahwa, Vijay Raaz, Manjot Singh, and Abhishek Banerjee also do well.

“Dream Girl 2” relies on things we’ve seen before and sometimes goes off track with unnecessary funny moments. Even though there are good performances and funny parts, the movie doesn’t capture the unique charm of the first “Dream Girl” movie.”

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