In case you still haven’t watched the Ayushmann Khurrana and Nushrat Bharucha-starrer 2019 Bollywood blockbuster film Dream Girl, watch it NOW on ZEE5! A tightly bound script, Ayushmann’s versatility and hard-hitting dialogues like “Trust ka koi gender nahi hota,” Dream Girl is all fun and food for thought, in equal measure. While the movie makes you laugh, it also leaves you with many thoughts to reflect upon. Given the state of gender-bias and stereotyping, the movie offers excellent and timeless takeaways challenging the commonly-accepted norms of masculinity and workplace.
Ayushmann essays an unemployed man Karam, who lives with his father Jagjit in Gokul, Mathura. The narrative orbits around a well-educated man taking up a job at a ‘friendship’ call centre to pay off loans and earn a livelihood. His job involves him disguising as a female Pooja and engaging in a flirtatious phone conversations with desperate callers (both male and female). Even though it starts off as all fun and play, the plot organically offers lessons on gender and workplace stereotypes, without being preachy in a single frame.
The first lesson being — stop stereotyping yourself. Without any hesitation, Karam, who has grown up playing Sita, Draupadi and Radha in stage plays, jumps at the opportunity to take on a woman’s identity. The ease with which he starts working and calling as Pooja is a beautiful reminder of self-acceptance. Gender doesn’t define your skill-set, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.