Hot on the heels of ‘Khoobsurat’ (2014), Sonam Kapoor returns to the big screen with yet another romantic comedy, ‘Dolly Ki Doli’. The trailer promised this film to be unconventional, making it clear that Kapoor was going to be the centre of attention as the runaway bride with a difference. The film’s soundtrack was making waves on the radio with Phatte Tak Nachna and Fashion Khatam being two songs which were typical dance tracks for the current wedding season. ‘Dolly Ki Doli’ is directed by first time director Abhishek Dogra and produced by Arbaaz Khan.
Dolly (Sonam Kapoor) is a Looteri Dulhan, a bride who marries bachelors only to drug him and his family on the wedding night and escape with their valuables. Her first victim is Rajkummar Rao who falls in love with Dolly and is prepared to go against his family to marry the love of his life. Dolly marries him and runs off with his family’s valuables. Dolly does not do it alone, she is accompanied by her gang, her faux father (Manoj Joshi), her faux mother (Gulfam Khan) and faux brother (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub).
The first half of the film plays out well, it is entertaining and well paced with great comedic moments courtesy of their grooms and their families. They live up to every stereotype that an Indian family can exhibit with overbearing mothers and fathers who dance to their wives’ tunes. The reasons behind Dolly’s motives in the first half are clear, she is getting revenge on the hypocritical families who want their sons to have arranged marriages under their rules and demands. Dolly has complications with her faux brother being in love with her so there is another twist in the story. However, this is where the story falls down in the second half when Dolly’s reasons for being the Lootera Bride become clear and the police are on her tail to bring her operation down.
Sonam Kapoor plays a character she has played many times before. She is likeable as the runaway bride but it hard to empathise with a character who is so lost in itself. Kapoor is given free reign to play the character the way she wanted but she doesn’t portray any hidden depths within Dolly’s personality and it is hard to relate to. Rajkummar Rao is fantastic as the Haryanavi boy and his mannerisms is in every way believable and endearing and you do feel sorry for him for being fooled by Dolly’s antics. Special mention has to be given to Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub who plays Dolly’s faux brother, he doesn’t have to say anything to shine in each scene and you do want to give him a hug for being in love with the wrong person.
Special appearances are made by Malaika Arora Khan who does an item number to Fashion Khatam Mujhpe and starts the film off with a bang. Saif Ali Khan also makes a brief appearance as a Rajhasthani Prince, a case of film imitating life and is refreshing to see in the second half.
‘Dolly Ki Doli’ is an easy watch but don’t go expecting anything grand out of it. The second half does seem rushed and it is disappointing for the audience to have such a dissatisfying ending. The characters are not crafted well and it is quite literally up to the acting skills of the actor to bring the characters to life.
BizAsia Showbiz Rating: 2/5