Streaming now on Netflix
After kicking up a storm with her last film Lipstick Under My Burkha, Alankrita Shrivastava is back with yet another women-centric entertainer. Once again, she explores women’s sexuality, focusing on two Noida-based sisters Dolly (Konkona Sen Sharma) and Kaajal (Bhumi Pednekar). While Dolly is married, she is unsatisfied in her sex life. Soon, she kicks up a romance with a much younger delivery boy named Osman Ansari (Amol Parashar). Kaajal, who is new to Noida, tries to take control of her life by getting a job at a romance call center, where she dons the avatar of Kitty and woos men on the telephone. Her professional world collides with her sexual urges when she meets Pradeep (Vikrant Massey) and falls in love. While the story does have a satisfying conclusion, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare is more about the journey and making the decision to be happy and fulfilled in one’s life.
Dolly and Kitty give us new goals to live by
From the trailer itself, it is evident that Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare talks a lot about sex. But unlike Bollywood’s sex comedies, this film does not aim to be sleazy but opens up a conversation around women and sex. It should come as no surprise to anyone that women have sexual urges too and fulfilling them is no shame. Dolly and Kitty both show us that the path to sexual liberation is to take control of one’s life, make the choice to put oneself out there, and not feel guilty about making oneself happy.
Women are shown as real people, not just a male fantasy
Most male filmmakers and film writers love to portray women either as “pious” or “forward”. In reality, what most women are is a delectable mix of the two. The female characters in this film are treated with realness, be it Dolly, Kaajal or Shazia (Kubbra Sait). The latter’s role is especially engaging even in her limited appearances. Shazia is a no-nonsense girl who is aware of what she needs from a man and does not hesitate to get it and we cannot think of anyone else who could have played it so perfectly.
Even the men have meaty parts to play
The male characters in the film are not just decorative pieces in this delightful world of women. They have been given strongly written roles, be it Pradeep who is hiding a massive secret from Kaajal, Osman who is looking for love and companionship in a new city, or Dolly’s husband Amit (Aamir Bashir) who shares a great bond with his children despite being depicted as an otherwise-sleazy character. The surprise package here is Karan Kundra, whose character is not limited to a stereotypical Gujjar representation but holds many layers.
WATCH OR NOT:
While Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare is not your usual kind of drama that can be watched with family, it is essential you explore stories like these around people you know and trust. We live in an age where sex education is highly important and the first step is to normalize talking about sex. Do not just watch this film, discuss it with your peers and on social media. Like Dolly and Kitty, do not hesitate to seek happiness and self-fulfilment.
Director: Alankrita Shrivastava
Producers: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor
Cast: Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhumi Pednekar, Vikrant Massey, Amol Parashar, Aamir Bashir, Kubbra Sait, Karan Kundra
Streaming on: Netflix