Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma
Director: Abhishek Dogra
What’s Good: A quirky story line that does not shy away from having a unconventional ending and also Varun Sharma and Rajkummar Rao’s brilliant performances. This runaway bride is a metaphor to modern, free spirited girls who may not want to be struck down by a marriage.
What’s Bad: Unfortunately, a pretty looking lass like Sonam Kapoor does no justice to this sprightly character. This bridal drama is actually steered by the grooms. Also a second half that drags as it loses the quirky nature.
Loo break: You certainly can miss one of Dolly’s multiple weddings.
Watch or Not?: This is a one-time watch. A no-brainer that you can enjoy with your family. Dolly Ki Doli may have nothing new to offer but it surely makes up for a decent weekend watch.
Dolly (Sonam Kapoor) is a con bride who plunders potential grooms after carefully researching their background. Along with her fake family, this looteri dulhan indulges in multiple hoax marriages. Dolly’s robbery journey remains smooth until two of her grooms Sonu (Rajkummar Rao) and Varun Sharma not only unfold her truth but also seek police help.
Amidst this, cop Robin Singh (Pulkit Samrat) is assigned for her case but with his keen interest on capturing her, is there a back story for Dolly and Robin?
Who will Dolly ultimately settle for is the question!
Dolly Ki Doli Review: Script Analysis
As a film, Dolly Ki Doli entertains with a fluff story and so if you start putting logic to it, it will leave you speechless. Right from its start, Dolly is shown doing what she calls the only thing she can do in life – robbing. There is never a point in the film, which provides a logical reasoning for it. Interestingly, in the age of Instagram and Facebook, Dolly has escaped from her con weddings without being snapped (uh! That’s why. No logic).
Aside these obvious loopholes, the script is quirky and has a handful of funny sequences such as Archana Puran Singh’s character and also a scene where Dolly’s crew member of the fake family, Daadi is captured by the police. The dialogues are catchy and that’s what is enjoyable. But I give full credit of this film to the grooms Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma who actually carry the film on their performances. In fact, I would have rather named the film Dolly Ke Dulhe instead. Another positive part about the script is the non-inclusion of any change of physical garbs which is staple for con films.
Dolly Ki Doli Review: Star Performances
Sonam Kapoor shows little improvement with this film. In spite of having a film that has her as the lead character, her weak dialogue delivery is disturbing.
Rajkummar Rao once again proves he can fit into any character. As a typical snobbish yet foolish Haryanvi guy, he fully entertains us. Grabbing the perfect accent and even dancing full power with Malaika Arora Khan, he scores full marks for his performance.
Varun Sharma is another delight in the film. His character as a desperate, young spoilt mama’s boy is commendable. He makes us laugh with his brilliant comic timing.
Pulkit Samrat sadly disappoints in the film. It’s as if he was given a role of becoming Chulbul Pandey’s son. His over replication of Salman Khan spoils it.
Dolly Ki Doli Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
For a debut film, Abhishek Dogra does a decent job. The film being a regular commercial drama, does surprise us with a not so Bollywoodish ending. But the film’s overall feel shows a high influence of Arbaaz Khan.
Fortunately, the film is kept short and there is no over stretched wedding sequence which is a relief. Sadly, Dogra falters at keeping up the same pace for the second half. Nevertheless, he makes up for the boring second half with the last scene where Dolly shows who is next on her radar and shows a Salman Khan picture calling him her ‘Prem Ratan’. Overall the screenplay is lucid.
Dolly Ki Doli Review: The Last Word
Dolly Ki Doli is a time-pass entertainer that you can enjoy if you keep your brains at home. This film comes as a breath of fresh air from all the South remakes and thought-provoking dramas that are most oftenly served. After particularly loving Varun Sharma’s comic antics and Rajkummar Rao’s sheer genuine acting, I am going with a 2.5/5 for this peppy film.
Dolly Ki Doli Trailer
Dolly Ki Doli releases on 23rd January, 2015.
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