An entertaining hindi film with a few laughs, quirky characters and a speedy narrative
Hollywood romcoms get this right: Keep the content light and breezy and the running time at around 100 minutes and before they know it, viewers will be leaving the theatre feeling entertained. Writer-director Abhishek Dogra follows this trick with Dolly Ki Doli.
At 100 minutes, with some laughs, quirky characters and a speedy narrative, we come to interval point surprised at the on-screen enjoyment. But like many Bollywood films with strong first halves, the last 20 minutes of this Sonam Kapoor starrer are a let-down.
Kapoor plays Dolly, a thieving bride who charms men into marriage and then robs them on their wedding night. Dolly notches up victims faster than you can say “I do" and soon the law is on her trail. Robin Singh (Pulkit Samrat), a policeman with his own modus operandi, makes it his mission to track down the “looteri dulhan". Assisting him are two of Dolly’s unwitting victims—Sonu (Rajkummar Rao) and Manjot (Varun Sharma). Dolly does not operate alone either. Her gang consists of various members who play crucial parts in the con—as the bridal party of father, mother, brother, grandmother, priest and photographer.
Dogra captures the northern nuances with sharp observation in the early parts, with Archana Puran Singh as Manjot’s domineering mother, Rao as the Haryanvi suitor and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Dolly’s mock “brother" adding soul to their characters. Unfortunately, Samrat and Sharma are unable to break away from their Fukrey form. Kapoor proves, once more, that her range is too limited to bring alive a character that may have had heaps of potential on paper; she is unable to make Dolly pop on screen.
Dogra and Uma Shankar Singh’s script is also highly convenient, with a host of oversights. Dolly’s motivations are poorly explained and in an already silly climax, she unexpectedly delivers a cringe-worthy anti-chauvinism speech. But this is a minor niggle in an otherwise enjoyable film that delivers enough punch-lines and sharply captures community and wedding-related quirks in all their frenzy and colour.
Dolly Ki Doli released in theatres on Friday.
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