The Hindi film that has released on Netflix this week is Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare. It is made by Alankrita Srivastava who directed Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016). Like the previous film, this one also deals with women and sexual liberation of the feminine. It talks about female bonding but that angle is not explored much in the film. Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare is about two sisters who are struggling with their daily lives, troubled hormones and a lot more. The story is based in Noida, and the backdrop adds a lot to the narrative.
What's it about...
Dolly (Konkona Sen Sharma), a upper middle class woman is living in Noida with her husband, Amit (Aamir Bashir). On the surface, she looks happy with her life but in reality, she has struggles like home loans, frigidity, abandonment and a small son who is constantly crossing gender lines to the extent of trying out his mom's lingerie. Her cousin sister, Kitty/Kaajal (Bhumi Pednekar) has ditched a marriage proposal back home in Darbhanga, Bihar to pursue a career, and a more liberating life in the city. Things start off badly for Kitty who tries to carve her own journey in Noida. In the mean time, Dolly also finds a companion in Osman (Amol Parashar), a food delivery boy cum MBA student and enters into a relationship.
The highlight of the film is the performances by the two ladies. Bhumi Pednekar is in sparkling form. Whether it is soaking in the pleasure of piercing kisses or seeking comfort in her sister's arms after a run-in with the law, she is first-rate. Konkona Sen Sharma is flawless all through. In the supporting cast, it is Aamir Baashir, Kubbra Sait and Amol Parashar who leave a mark. As Osman, Amol Parashar is the bright spot of the film. Aamir Bashir also does well as Dolly's husband Amit, who despite all his flaws, wants a normal and happy family. Aarti Bajaj has edited the movie well, and it proceeds at a crisp pace. The movie packs in a lot. There is not an iota of doubt about it. From women living life on their own terms to sexual freedom, middle-class morality, hypocrisy and moral policing, it talks about everything. The whole track of gender identity crisis is an interesting sub-plot that we would have like to see more of in the film.
The biggest drawback of the film is that you do not feel emotionally connected to the characters as much as you want to. There are quite a few love-making scenes in the film, which after a point of time feel repetitive. We understand that they are important given the nature of the movie, but it gets a bit blah.
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Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare explores a thorny subject without any inhibitions. The film is not preachy for the greater part, which is a big asset. However, the climax seems a bit predictable. Bhumi Pednekar and Konkona Sen Sharma are in terrific form and make the film a good one-time watch.