Meet Dolly (Sonam). The ultimate runaway bride. But she doesn’t ride off into the sunset on a steed. She dumps the studs in sherwanis instead. After robbing them of their money and jewellery – leaving their real ‘jewels’ untouched. The ‘con-banega-fraud-pati’ gang has a full TV serial of a family. A dowry-doling dad, a ‘groom-scanning’ brother (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub) and a maa of all chornis to complete this dump-the-dulha drama. Dolly simply dolls up, bats her pretty lashes and charms the men into marrying her. Before drugging them with laced milk and stealing all they possess. Her rules are simple too – Age, caste, no bar! Wedlock Sex – totally barred!
So we have two poorer but wiser looted victims – Haryanvi boy Raju (Rajkummar) and Delhi munda Manjot (Varun). Raju rebels against his family to marry her. A quick, grand wedding follows and on the suhaag raat Dolly serves her deadly dose of doodh. Of course, coy bride sticks to denying her desperate dulhas their ‘first-night’ privileges.
But media catches up. She’s labelled ‘looteri dulhan’ on TV. So she has to drop the ‘Dolly’ and get more filmi names like Madhuri, Juhi, Vidya (though she looks just the same!). The plan stays strangely smooth. Next, she meets Manjot. Story repeats. Dolly disappears with the moolah and he’s screwed (nope, he doesn’t get ‘any’ either). Meanwhile, cop Robin Singh (Pulkit) is tracking down this dulhan-on-the-run, but he has his own motive for cracking this doli.
Umashankar Singh and Abhishek Dogra’s writing is the big highlight of the film. Even though the basic idea isn’t extraordinary, the treatment of the screenplay keeps you interested. Umashamkar’s funny one liners dot the entire course of the film and keeps you entertained. Casting Director is the hero of DOLLY KI DOLI as rarely you find such a wonderful ensemble supporting cast and each one doing exceedingly well. Brijendar Kala, the giant of an actor, has some exceptionally crackling moments as Inspector Khan. His ‘Jigyasa’ is hilarious. Archana Puran Singh as the loud mouthed Punjabi mom-in-law is a laugh riot. Rajesh Sharma makes you fall in love with him in each scene that he appears in. Zeishan is a hugely talented actor and he impresses here as well. Ishtiaq, the wonderful actor who played Varun’s salacious friend is a delight to watch.
The growth displayed by Sonam Kapoor as an actor in DOLLY KI DOLI is excellent. She oozes varied shades of an Indian woman and her stylist ensures that she gets to showcase this Khoobsurat actress in a buffet of traditional finery and modern chutzpah. There’s a steeliness in her performance that filters out in a subtle manner. Even though she’s enjoying the con act, there’s an underlined air of enigmatic mystery which is engrossing. Rajkummar Rao is a mammoth actor who floors you completely with his flawless Haryanvi Jat act. Rao makes you fall in love with him each time he bursts on the screen with his conned-tomfoolery. Varun Sharma is entertaining while Pulkit Samrat promises appeal.
On the whole, DOLLY KI DOLI is a stress buster that will make you smile as you’ll leave the theatre. Debutante director Abhishek Dogra has competently extracted superb performances from the entire starcast. The unpredictable climax of the film works to the advantage too. But the four day weekend will help this Dolly ensnare many patrons. The word of mouth will be the key in witnessing the growth. We say, it’s a roller coaster entertainer. Enjoy it with your families.
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