Why only Ayushmann Khurrana could play Bollywood's new Dream Girl
Not only did Ayushmann Khurrana tickle our funny bone in the trailer of his upcoming film Dream Girl, but the National Award-winning actor also made us believe that no one else can ace this role, courtesy that never-heard-before voice of Pooja.
Flashback to Ayushmann Khurrana's past. The actor, who made his Bollywood debut in 2012 with Vicky Donor, spent years behind mic prior to entering the film industry. After completing his post-graduation in journalism, Ayushmann worked as a radio jockey (RJ) in New Delhi.
The actor hosted a programme called Big Chai - Maan Na Maan, Main Tera Ayushmann while with the channel.
Voice modulation was part of his job. Little did he know then that many years later, his skill of imitating different characters for radio listeners would find a place in a Bollywood film (Dream Girl). It so happened that he got to do 25 per cent of his dialogues in Dream Girl in the voice of a woman, and his career background turned out to be a cherry on the cake.
Be it Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Badhaai Ho, Andhadhun or Article 15, Ayushmann Khurrana has mostly chosen scripts that are unconventional, entertaining and usually have a message. Right from his first film, Vicky Donor. Lately, his choice of films have worked like a charm for the audience and critics, as have they for Ayushmann himself. So much so, that he is now the winner of the coveted Best Actor National Award for Sriram Raghavan's 2018 film Andhadhun.
On the other side are the remakes of old Bollywood classics (Coolie No 1, Pati Patni Aur Woh, Judwaa 2 and many more), which may attract the audience due to the presence of their current heartthrobs in them, but history has it that recreated versions are not a scratch on original stories. Remakes, with their repetitive storylines, can probably never take the place of unique, new stories in the hearts of the audience.
So, touching 90s gems is a big NO and new storylines are surely a YES for the Indian audience.
Never have we seen an actor who is this comfortable in playing a woman both on screen and off it. Unless you are living under a rock, you will have seen how comfortable Ayushmann is (or not) in a saree at the promotions of Dream Girl, right from the trailer launch in Mumbai.
Ekta Kapoor, Nushrat Bharucha and Raaj Shaandilyaa were also present along with Ayushmann, but it was this Dream Boy who stole the show.
As promising as the upcoming film Dream Girl looks from the trailer, it seems that the actor will not only entertain the audience but will also leave an impression on their minds.
Before Ayushmann, many male actors in Bollywood including Amitabh Bachchan (Lawaris), Riteish Deshmukh (Apna Sapna Money Money), Saif Ali Khan (Humshakals), Akshay Kumar (Khiladi), Aamir Khan (Baazi), Shreyas Talpade (Golmaal Returns) and Kamal Hassan (Chachi 420), have tried cross-dressing for their roles in films in the past.
Will Ayushmann outdo them all? We will have to wait till Friday to find out.