The trick never fails. Put a Bollywood leading man in a woman”s garb, and watch the box-office rock. Kamal Haasan did it in “Chachi 420″ and there was Govinda”s “Aunty No. 1″. Actors from Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty and Rishi Kapoor to Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh Khan, and Akshay Kumar, couldn”t resist the odd dance in drag, or the random comic scene. Jog your memory further, and you”re thinking Shammi Kapoor and Biswajit, too.
In “Dream Girl”, it is the turn of Ayushmann Khurrana, new-age darling of the multiplexes, to invoke girl power and woo the box-office. His act is slightly different from most of what Bollywood heroes have done so far within the theme. Although Ayushmann also gets to play out a sari-clad naari in parts, the crux of his role lies in impersonating a woman”s voice.