Things could not get any worse for the movie business. Some brave hearts continue to believe that they can change the moviegoers’ tastes to the pre-Covid era. Raaj Shandilya who directed Ayushmann Khurrana in the hit Dream Girl about a jobless man who signs on to play a female phone-sex worker, is back with a sequel that promises to break the arid spell at the Indian box office. To add a dash of arrogance to ambition, the Dream Girl sequel is scheduled for release for Eid 2023, which is when Salman Khan usually releases his film.
The message to the audience this time, spelt out loud and clear in the teaser: “Iss baar Eid mein Pooja hogi.” Pooja of course is the name of Ayushmann’s alias as a phone-sex worker in Dream Girl. However if we read the above declaration a little closely, it is saying something quite ominous. Set in Mathura, the sequel will also star Ananya Pandey, Annu Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Asrani, Vijay Raaz, Manjot Singh, Manoj Joshi, Rajpal Yadav Seema Pahwa and Abhishek Bannerjee
On the other hand, the Salman Khan starrer Tiger 3 produced by Yash Raj Films will see Katrina Kaif and Salman reprise their roles from the previous films. The third in the series, Tiger 3 has been one of the most talked about and keenly anticipated releases. Speaking about the imminent clash at the box office, an industry insider adds, “It will be interesting to see both films release on Eid 2023. Both are very different and cater to different segments of the audience. While Tiger 3 will dominate the single screens and mass dominated sectors, Dream Girl 2, which is more content driven will likely appeal to multiplex going audience. Either way, the clash will make for an entertaining box office view.”