Dolly Ki Doli Review: Fun On The Run

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In Dolly Ki Doli, Sonam Kapoor plays Dolly, the front-woman of a gang of thieves that identifies rich but intellectually lacking wannabe-grooms and then unleashes Dolly’s feminine guile and charms on them. On the wedding night, after coyly offering them milk laced with a sedative, she knocks out the groom and his family and then proceeds to systemically clean out their cupboards, fleeing into the night.

The cops have a fat file on this ‘looteri dulhan’ and are determined to stop her in the tracks. You would think this should be a fairly easy task since she has replicated the model scores of times. But policeman Robin Singh (Pulkit Samrat) who takes on the case voluntarily, takes his time about finding Dolly, finally enlisting the help of two of her jilted and robbed ‘husbands’ Sonu (Rajkummar Rao) and Manjot (Varun Sharma).

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The question isn’t will Dolly get caught but more like which groom/suitor will Dolly end up with? Director and writer Abhishek Dogra creates amusing and entertaining scenes and situations, keeping the humour coming fast and funny. Among the cast, however Archana Puran Singh as Manjot’s overwhelming Punjabi mother, Rao as the greasy sugarcane farmer and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Dolly’s gang-mate stand out. Pulkit Samrat is ill at ease and Varun Sharma resorts to his bumbling ‘Fukrey’ character. As for Sonam Kapoor, partly hampered by a poorly developed character and lumbered with a disappointing climax, is operating on default mode delivering a lazy performance.

Dolly Ki Doli’s script takes many shortcuts and hopes the audience won’t notice. You may not have too, if it wasn’t for the last 20 minutes of a 100-minute film. Still it’s a well-made film with enough enjoyment to merit a look.

 Rating: ***

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