Sex, metropolis & the necessity to break away

Nonika Singh

Reaching out for the starshellip; We all attempt to seize that fistful of stardust. Only in Dolly Kitty Aur Who Chamakte Sitare, Alankrita Shrivastava provides it a brand new spin and reminds us – all that glitters shouldn’t be 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 couple 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.

In a rustic the place males are obsessive about intercourse and ladies discuss it in hushed whispers, she makes the excellence agency and sq.. If Lipstickhellip; profiled 4 ladies, right 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 considerably unlikable individual pretending to be somebody she shouldn’t be. But that’s solely the floor. Scratch it and beneath lies a dis-satisfied lady making an attempt to navigate her means by way of her unfulfilled life.

Kitty is properly really Kajal( Bhumi Pednekar). Kitty is a pseudonym she acquires in a name centre the place she seduces males over the cellphone. Two movies previous to this, Tumhari Sullu and Dream Girl too went down the identical street (companionship over the cellphone), however solely skirted with the problem and by no means appeared on the seamier facet of what these calls within the night time can result in. Alankrita takes the bull by the horns and brings to you cellphone intercourse unflinching and un-squirming, making you squirm alright. Men have wants and these might be satiated. But what about ladies, are they solely meant to be objects of want? The twin requirements are recognized to all by now and ladies’s sexuality is not so deeply buried a secret, due to filmmakers like Alankrita and others earlier than her.

Apart from the problem at hand, she additionally weaves in an fascinating story and characters. Dolly has many shades. Konkana Sen Sharma’s portrayal of this lady, whom you start to love and empathise with, brings these inflections to fore with a skill-set that has simply the suitable diploma of emotional heft. Just as Small-town woman Kajal begins to seek out her ft in a brand new place, Bhumi taking part in her too grows on you.

Of course, Alankrita shouldn’t be viewing them by way of rose-tinted glasses. Set in Noida the place younger ladies like Kajal land in pursuit of a brand new world, each the setting and the younger ladies who inhabit it are unerringly near actuality.

Depicted in a non-judgemental vogue, Alankrita would not attempt to cowl them in pointless glory both. In the center of intercourse, considered one of them calls for an I-phone from her boyfriend! Another one is an escort woman and there’s a trace of a surrogate mom too. There is an alternate sexuality angle too in addition to a number of different cultural-political considerations.

However, earlier than you suppose the director bites greater than what might 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 way in which Vikrant Massey’s character unfolds. The acts of vandalism, the general public shaming of {couples} and destruction of artistic endeavors created by ladies centring round sexuality could seem political, however maybe come from a private house too.

In case, you might 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 worry the scissors or the hand of censors. Of course, like her earlier movie, although full of sex-rated scenes, the thought is to not titillate, solely to make some extent, forceful at that. As it says, “Kuch raaste galat nahi alag hote hainhellip;”

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 sitarehellip; Wish we might match it. Since we will not, we go together with the easier means out – a three-star ranking!

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