Dolly ki Doli review: It's Sonam's best movie so far, but totally forgettable fluff

Though Dolly Ki Doli doesn't qualify as an awful movie – it’s not tacky and is often funny - it does, regrettably, end up as forgettable fluff and a hugely wasted opportunity.

Mihir Fadnavis January 24, 2015 12:36:49 IST
Dolly ki Doli review: It's Sonam's best movie so far, but totally forgettable fluff

Some will call Dolly ki Doli the best Sonam Kapoor movie till date, but what those people are saying is that Dolly ki Doli is better than I Hate Luv Stories, Mausam, Players and Bewakoofiyan. That doesn’t add up to much of a compliment, even if Kapoor is such a beautiful person.

In Abhishek Dogra’s debut film Dolly (Kapoor) is part of a con gang that finds suitably stupid eligible bachelors, gets them married to Dolly, who mixes sleep medicine in the suhaag raat doodh and makes off after robbing them dry. One of her gang members (Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub), who generally plays the brother, is miffed because he digs her. One of her victims (Rajkummar Rao) is miffed because he still wants her. One of the police officers on the case (Pulkit Samrat) is miffed because he wants revenge against her.

Dolly ki Doli review Its Sonams best movie so far but totally forgettable fluff

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If this all sounds a bit vague and meandering, that's because Dolly Ki Doli is precisely that. Only, all around this meandering narrative are interesting details. Rao plays a hardcore jat, softened into a weepie after nursing his broken heart. He is such a natural that he can make you like anything he appears in, even if the material is way below his talent level. One victim’s mother is Archana Puran Singh, who brings the house down as the hilariously witchy, crass and self centered Punjaban mother. Also bringing on the guffaws is Varun Sharma as the quintessential Delhi buffoon, desperate to please a pretty girl. The funniest moment in the film is when he’s getting beaten with a shoe by a fellow Dolly victim.

Plus there’s the always likable Manoj Joshi, Rajesh Sharma and Brijendra Kala in tiny supporting roles, lending their bits of assured niceness to Dolly ki Doli.

All these disparate goodies eventually crumble because of the weak spot at the heart of the story: the central character of Dolly, who is not only terribly written but also severely underperformed by Sonam Kapoor. Whether Dolly is happy, or sad, or scared, or upset, or frustrated, or angry, or tipsy, there is literally no change in Sonam’s personality. It’s only the volume of her voice that changes. Her presence is simply too insubstantial to carry the weight of an entire film.

It doesn’t help that her character has no backstory whatsoever – we never get to know why she’s into the con game, where she’s originally from or why she has no interest in a real relationship. One presumes that such things have to be excised to keep the runtime short, but it takes away a large slice of the film’s quality. Moreover, when the best thing you can say about a movie is that its runtime is just 110 minutes, you're not exactly talking about a great piece of filmmaking.

There are also a ton of truly astronomical plot holes in the movie. Dolly’s gang manages to dupe more than a dozen grooms and their respective families in the film, yet there is not a single picture of the gang in the wedding photos to show to the police. The film often tries to make us forget such logical leaps of faith by asking us to simply go with the flow of the series of the small, light hearted comedic moments. But then it also renders three completely out of place songs, one truly nonsensical celebrity cameo, and a couple of ham handed attempts at ‘emancipation’. Key characters bicker, and then suddenly forgive each other. The cons are so contrived and the ending so predictable, you’ll wonder why the characters didn’t go ahead with their actions an hour earlier. Come to think to it, none of it makes any sense whatsoever. Including the thakela nature of Malaika Arora’s item number.

Though Dolly Ki Doli doesn't qualify as an awful movie – it’s not tacky and is often funny - it does, regrettably, end up as forgettable fluff and a hugely wasted opportunity.

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