Synopsis – Dolly, an attractive woman, fakes marriages and runs away stealing all the precious belongings of the groom and his family. Dolly’s modus operandi is to get her fake brother to identify prospective grooms & then entice these men to fall in love with her. Attracted by her charms, these prospective grooms are ready to do anything for dolly including going against their parents’ wishes to marry her. Once married she tricks them in various ways, after which she along with her associates wipes the house clean of all valuables. On the other side of the law is Robin Singh, a police inspector given the task of catching Dolly.
My Take – Sonam Kapoor had a rather good year in 2014, she had a successful film as a very likeable “almost princess” in Disney’s Khoobsurat & has been climbing ladders as a fashionista diva around the globe. As the year begins, she stars in a film about a ‘Looteri Dulhan’, produced by Arbaaz Khan, in his 1st film sans star sibling Salman Khan! Frankly the plot itself is funny! It follows Dolly (Sonam Kapoor), a serial bride who ensnares men, weds them for a day and, on the night of the wedding, sedates the groom and his family with laced milk, cleans out their homes and flees with the booty. After robbing Haryanavi sugarcane protege Sonu Sherawat (Rajkummar Rao) & punjabi software engineer/ mamma’s boy Chinmay Chadda (Varun Sharma), police officer Robin Singh (Pulkit Samrat) recieves her case & decides to chase her down for his own personal reasons.
The film has ample scope to give short shrift to the usual romantic comedy tropes, and that is an advantage that stands the film in good stead at times. However, the plot is far too thin for the film’s feminist track on arranged marriages, whether it is intended or unwitting, its hard to point out. The main problem with the film is that it does not give a plausible ending to the story. Dogra, who co-wrote Dolly Ki Doli with Uma Shankar Singh, did have an interesting plot — the journey of a girl who takes on the bad world of men and the hypocrite institution of marriage. But why does she do it? That is exactly where Dogra’s script fails. The reason, that unfolds after interval, is simply too pretentious. In fact, throughout the film, it is pretty difficult to identify with the character of Sonam. Even the purpose of each member in the gang, the film’s protagonist Dolly (Sonam) and her villain Robin (Pulkit) is not explained. There are several loose ends left in the end. If there is one thing Sonam’s character does that is worth applause, it is when she ditches Pulkit Samrat. There are, however, a number of sequences that are sure to trigger laughter-riots: One where Archana Puran Singh checks out her prospective daughter-in-law, Varun Sharma’s love for Dolly, and his encounters between Rajkummar Rao. If there is anything that makes this film worth a watch, it is the performances. Rajkummar Rao, the first ‘target’ we see in the film, plays the perfect Haryanavi lad who he is proud of his roots and forever ready to do anything for the girl he loves. Interestingly, it is not just the accent and dialogue delivery that makes his character believable: Even his body language and attitude matches. The other actor who does an excellent job is Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub (he played Dhanush’s friend in Raanjhana).
He is one of the members of the gang in which Dolly (Sonam) operates. Ayyub’s character, Raju, is in love with Dolly but he knows it will go nowhere because Dolly only believes in ‘faking’ the marriage. In the put-up family that the gang forms to dupe families into weddings, Raju is Dolly’s brother! Manoj Joshi as the father, too, is impressive. And then there is Pulkit Samrat: He is very believable as the police officer. Add to it that his name is Robin Singh (clearly a take off from Salman Khan’s Dabangg character Chulbul aka Robinhood Pandey). Saif Ali Khan, too, plays a cameo here as a Rajasthani prince. Needless to say, he doesn’t really have to as much ‘play’ the character. His character is believable, yes. The film, driven by a wildly whimsical plot, gives lead actress Sonam Kapoor a breezy, if insubstantial, role that allows her to stay well within her comfort zone. She looks ravishing & only if her character was well written she would have been more likeable. On the whole ‘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 often served. Despite the shoddy script and loose strings, this is worth a watch.
Director – Abhishek Dogra
Rated – NR
Run Time – 98 minutes