Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana is known for taking up off beat roles. And his upcoming project is no different. While the actor will be seen in Dream Girl next, he plays a young man who cross dresses and has dubbed in a woman’s voice for his character, Pooja, in the film. Speaking about the practice that went into it, Ayushmann revealed that he used to make prank calls as a woman when he was a radio jockey. “Since I was 80% there, I thought of giving it a try, then, if things didn’t work out, we could try getting an actress or a good voice-over artist on board too. I personally love Priyanka Chopra’s voice,” he said.
Ayushmann continued, “Of course, I had to give 30-40 takes, focusing on every single line. It was hard work but we finally got it right.” He recalled that at the age of 15, he called his first girlfriend and would pretend to be a female friend if one of her parents picked up. “I think I’d been preparing for this film for years,” he added.
Ayushmann also divulged details on cross-dressing. “Even Kamal Haasan sir in Chachi 420 looked and sounded like a lady with both Om Puri saab and Amrish Puri saab’s characters in love with his Lakhsmi Godbole. They both inspired me but Dream Girl revolves around the boy who works in a call centre, so I had to wear a sari or a lehenga in only around five scenes.” Directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, Dream Girl features Nushrat Bharucha ,Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz and Rajesh Sharma and is set to hit theatres on September 13. “Dream Girl is a unique film because I have recited some of my dialogues in a girl’s voice. It was a fun experience. I feel this will be one of the most commercial films of my career. It is really different from my last film Article 15. Dream Girl is a masala film and it’s my first film where I will tell the audience to leave their brains at home while watching it, because they are going to get entertained a lot,” he concluded.