Alankrita Shrivastava as soon as once more foregrounds ladies’s sexuality within the Netflix unique, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare

Nonika Singh

Reaching out for the celebs… We all attempt to seize that fistful of stardust. Only in Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, Alankrita Shrivastava offers it a brand new spin and reminds us — all that glitters is just not starry sufficient. Yet, we, particularly the honest intercourse, are entitled to our share of happiness. The gutsy writer-director, who served us the courageous and daring Lipstick Under My Burkha a number of years in the past, as soon as once more foregrounds lady’s sexuality and takes us on roads much less travelled — the place ladies demand their piece of flesh, actually and metaphorically.

Here the story primarily rests with Dolly and Kitty who occur to be cousins. To start with, Dolly, a working spouse with two sons, comes throughout as a shallow individual pretending to be somebody she is just not. But that’s solely the floor. Scratch it and beneath lies a dis-satisfied lady attempting to navigate her approach via her unfulfilled life. Kitty is, properly, truly Kajal (Bhumi Pednekar). Kitty is a pseudonym she acquires in a name centre the place she seduces males over the cellphone. Alankrita takes the bull by the horns and brings to you cellphone intercourse unflinching and un-squirming, making you squirm alright. Apart from the difficulty at hand, she additionally weaves in an attention-grabbing story and characters.

But Alankrita is just not viewing them via rose-tinted glasses. Set in Noida the place younger ladies like Kajal land in pursuit of a brand new world, the setting is unerringly near actuality.

However, earlier than you assume the director bites greater than what could be chewed, she does wrap all of it very properly. Surely, some issues just like the liaison with the supply boy are written on the wall from the second he makes an look. But there are shock components as properly, in the best way Vikrant Massey’s character unfolds. The acts of vandalism, the general public shaming of {couples} and destruction of artworks created by ladies centring round sexuality could seem political, however maybe come from a private area too.

In case, you may have forgotten, Alankrita had an extended run-in with former censor board chief, the sanskari Pahlaj Nihalani, earlier than her earlier movie might discover a theatrical launch. This time airing on Netflix, she needn’t concern the scissors. Though full of sex-rated scenes, the thought is to not titillate, solely to make a forceful level. As it says, “Kuch raaste galat nahi alag hote hain…”

Giving stars to a movie that challenges the very notion of star-rating is a tricky name! There is such a intelligent metaphor in chamakte sitare… Wish we might match it. Since we are able to’t, we go along with the less complicated approach out — a three-star score!

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