An interesting piece of life is on Netflix: Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare
By Smriti Tripathi
Alankrita Shrivastava’s directorial on Netflix makes you root for both the cousins who take a different way to liberation.
Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare memorized one of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee's movies. There is nothing pleasant about Dolly Yadav or her cousin, Kajal's lives. However, in the two women's dreams, wishes, hopes and aspirations, one sees a spiritual successor to Harish da's delicate image of middle-class India from the '70s and '80s.
Dolly Yadav and her husband Amit crushed out their middle-class existence in an awful flat in Noida. They are working hard for a living and willingly payable in a luxury flat - hopefully, they would get better renovators! The younger son of Dolly and Amit, Pappu like to play with dolls rather than trains, much go his parents' pressure.
Kajal comes to the city from the village in hope for work. After moving out of a horrible job at a shoe factory, Kajal seems to find herself as Kitty, the voice on some random dating app. While the trials the two women personality is quite anticipated, the acting and choice of the place make for engaging viewing.
Konkona Sen Sharma as Dolly Yadav and Bhumi Pednekar as Kajal/Kitty excel as do Aamir Bashir as Dolly's husband, Amit; Amol Parashar as the handsome delivery executive Osman Ansari, who is co-opted into fixing the AC, giving Dolly a lift, and other miscellaneous chores; Vikrant Massey as Pradeep, one of Kitty' 'clients’ she has the misfortune of being in love with; Kubra Sait as Shazia, the compulsory ‘bold’ girl who shows Kitty how to accommodate life in the big city.
Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare is an interesting piece of life streaming on Netflix written and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava. The noticeable absence of social media is shocking. The movie takes 120 minutes run time. The guest appearance of Delhi's awesome Doll's museum reminds about one of a simpler time when Sunday meant a crusade to the doll museum followed by a visit to the zoo for a flicker from the lazy crocodile.