It came as a surprise of minor proportions when Arbaaz Khan, the producer of Salman Khan’s Dabangg and Dabangg 2, chose to produce a film like Dolly Ki Doli, which by the looks of the trailer seemed like a female-driven quirky comedy. Does the film do justice to its quirky trailers and promos? Will it eventually be able to resist a film like Baby by releasing on the same day? Let’s find out!
Story: Looteri Dulhan. Those two words form the crux of Dolly Ki Doli. Dolly (Sonam) is a con-woman who with the help of her randomly put together gang, con young men in North India by marrying them and then making off with their money the very next day. Her first two targets are Sonu Shehrawat (Rajkummar Rao) who is a rich innocent romantic Haryanvi farmer and Manjot who is a rich Punjabi mumma’s boy (Varun Sharma). She makes off with their money and hot on her trail is policeman Robin Singh (Pulkit Samrat, clearly trying to ape Salman’s Chulbul Pandey attitude). Sonu, Manjot are helped by Robin in the chase against Dolly. Are they finally able to catch Dolly?
Dolly Ki Doli Review: Screenplay and Direction
Abhishek Dogra spins a quirky, whimsical story which is anti-marriage and comically feminist in nature. Yes, there are flaws in his direction but he manages to keep the film together for the most part and makes it enjoyable all the way through thanks to its crisp 100 minute runtime.Dolly Ki Doli joins a growing list of quirky comedies set in North India which manage to touch the heart as well as tickle our ribs. He abandons a few storylines and characters in the process of keeping matters short and that can be counted against him. However, he uses his songs well and moves the story forward through them barring the item song. The dialect ofDolly Ki Doli makes the film even more hilarious. Props to Abhishek and co-writer Uma Shankar Singh for their detailed dialogue writing.
Dolly Ki Doli Review: Technical Aspects and Music
Dolly Ki Doli is aesthetically shot as it feels like it was actually filmed in the places it depicts. The editing is a plus point of the film. The cinematography and production design suits the nature and desired tone of Abhishek’s vision. Special marks to the casting director for the inspired casting. Thanks to the eccentrically written and beautifully acted characters, Dolly Ki Doli feels even better than it is.
The music is, however, a minus as none of the songs are too hummable. The item number with Malaika Arora Khan called Fashion Khatam Mujhpe is disappointing considering Malaika’s epic status in the world of item dance features.
Dolly Ki Doli Review: Performances
Dolly Ki Doli is Sonam’s film as she fills up almost all of the frames in the film. It was bold of her to choose to do two films back-to-back (Khoobsurat and DKD) which were almost solely reliant on her. Here, she is even more pleasing to look at than she was in Khoobsurat. Her acting and expressions can still go a long way but roles like these don’t demand too much from her and plays to her strengths. Rajkummar Rao steals every scene he is in with his comic timing and uproarious Haryanvi dialect. We all knew he was a very good dramatic actor and now he has established his credentials as an actor with an excellent comic timing too. Varun Sharma, the adorable Choocha from Fukrey, plays a similar type of a role inDolly Ki Doli and the good news is he is still as adorable! Pulkit Samrat is probably the worst thing about this otherwise light delightful film as his dialect is not spot on unlike Rao’s and he seems to be aping Salman Khan for most of the duration. The only casting miss of Dolly Ki Doli is its main lead actor, unfortunately. Zeeshan Ayyuub is amazing as always, we only wish his role was longer. Archana Puran Singh was fine but a little irritating as the loud Punju mom.
Overall, Dolly Ki Doli turned out to be surprisingly delightful and light on the head by telling a story that every woman can relate to. It subtly manages to insult the institution of marriage in a funny manner. The tale of Dolly and her shenanigans are not to be taken too seriously and morality should not come in the way of enjoying this hilarious little film. It is whimsical, innocent, quirky, random and filled with the strangest of characters played by the best of character actors. If you are in the mood for some fun and not in the mood for serious films like Baby then Dolly Ki Doli surely deserves a watch. Sonam’s previous film Khoobsurat has developed a quiet fan following and Dolly Ki Doli can potentially go the same way too. Go watch it!
- Quirkiness and whimsical nature of the film
- The brilliant casting makes the characters come alive
- Sonam and Rajkummar Rao are in fine form
- The 100 minute runtime makes Dolly Ki Doli even more enjoyable
- The cinematography and production design is appropriate
- The dialect and dialogues are perfect
- Pulkit Samrat is miscast as Robin Singh
- The director leaves a few storylines open and gives actors like Zeeshan Ayyub the preferential treatment by giving the bulk of the attention to Pulkit
- Morality of the film might bother a few viewers