Streaming on Netflix is the Alankrita Srivastava directorial Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, that released on September 18. The film stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhumi Pednekar, Vikrant Massey, Kubbra Sait, and Amol Parashar.and Neelima Azeem. Film critic Shubhra Gupta gave the film 3.5 stars, The Quint’s Stutee Ghosh rated the Netflix film 3 stars and First Post gave the film 2 stars.
Dolly/Radha and Kaajal/Kitty are the protagonists of writer-director Alankrita Shrivastava’s new film Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare (Dolly, Kitty and Those Shining Stars). Shrivastava’s calling card so far has been the superb, clear-headed 2017 feminist saga Lipstick Under My Burkha and chances are it will remain so. Because well-meaning though this one is, it tries to stuff too much into one storyline and does not manage to say enough about anything.
At 120 minutes, the film is great in parts but it just never comes together as a composite whole. The rest of the cast suffer because of the sketchy writing. Like Aamir Bashir as the husband with a roving eye or Vikrant Massey as Kitty’s date from the dating app are dependable as usual but limited by the writing. Kubbra Sait is her effervescent presence and Amol Parasher as the earnest food delivery guy has our heart. But there is just so much that they can do.
Dolly (Sen Sharma) lives with her husband Amit (Bashir) and two children in Greater Noida, part of the National Capital Region (NCR). They could well stand-in for the Aspirational Nuclear Family In New India: paying instalments for a flat in one of those faceless under-construction high-rises that have sprung up in the area, surrounded by malls, call centres, gyms, all markers of urban progress. From the outside, Dolly’s life appears perfect, but when her cousin Kitty aka Kajal (Pedenkar) from small-town Bihar comes to live with them, the cracks begin to appear. There’s a lot going on in this busy film, and some of those elements appear to have been lifted straight from the headlines. Saffron-clad goondas targeting courting couples, and liberal, progressive ideas. Call-centres masquerading as phone sex providers. Dodgy clinics combining unwanted babies and childless couples. The air of faint desperation exuding from those involved in unskilled jobs with no security is captured beautifully: both Dolly and Kitty work, but both stare at dead-ends.
Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare is currently streaming on Netflix, Ishaan Khatter on Instagram was reduced to tears after watching the film, tap here for more.