Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitaare, a movie by Alankrita Srivastava is streaming on Netflix and it’s a must-watch. After watching Lipstick Under My Burkha, I eagerly wait for Srivastava’s movies. She makes sure that each and every scene of the movie is relatable to the audience and the way she portrays is just remarkable.
Starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pedenkar in lead, the movie deals with a basic question: What is it that Women Want? There are a plethora of questions that the movie tries to ask but at some point the movie fails to answer these.
The movie opens up many points of discussion such as female desires, sexuality, extra-marital affairs, and sexual preferences.
Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitaare basically is a self-discovering movie of the two women hailing from North India. These women break the society norms and make their own choices. The story revolves around the two cousin sisters Konkona Sen Sharma (Dolly) and Bhumi Pedenekar (Kitty or Kajal).
Both the sisters live their life in their own way. But Dolly doesn’t like the way Kajal has chosen to earn and live. However, as their paths cross, Dolly starts to realize the void in her married life. She begins to search happiness in a young food delivery boy (Amol Parashar) with whom she started having an affair.
While Kajal starts looking for companionship, working in a call centre that provide services like adult camaraderie through internet calls.
These two women live with different circumstances, but eventually, they realise that they were looking for the same thing, “liberty….freedom”.
Konkana Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pedenkar steal the show with their glorious act and they do not disappoint at all. They are supported by Amir Bashir, Konkana’s husband whose sexual desires are not met, Amol Parashar, delivery boy, who falls for Konkana Sen Sharma, Vikrant Massey, a messy character who Bhumi Pednekar falls for.
These male characters portray different types of men that women come across in their lives while some as inspiration and some as crutches.
And yes, how can we forget a special character, Pappu, the youngest kid of Konkana, who has different sexual preferences but his mother (Konkana) do not acknowledge it. This could have been a strong point of discussion, but Srivastava did not lay much focus on the topic.
The movie is all about breaking the shackles and living life in your own terms. There are many threads that the movie leaves with argumentation like gender roles, societal norms, moral judgements. This ranges from making tea for yourself to walking out of a failing marriage.
There are many instances in the movie that portrays how women seek freedom from shackles of lives. There are multiple themes going on in the movie that Srivastava tried to portray about the women lives but at times, the plot seem to get abrupt.
Overall, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitaare” deserves applause for another perspective on women’s lives. It surely brings out different shades to womanhood and opens up the conversations around woman’s sexual desires, gender biases, and stereotyping.
Do watch the movie!