Written by: Rahul Chaturvedi Edited by: Anwesha Simlai
A satirical film directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare (2020), is a story that revolves around the lives of Radha Yadav (Konkana Sen Sharma) and Kitty (Bhoomi Pednekar). The two cousins explore their life and sexuality and other internal matters of love, family, and identity.
Radha is a married woman with a ‘frigid’ sexual life and a son who she couldn’t accept for being himself and Kitty (Kajal) is trying to fit in the city jumping in between jobs. The story explores the pseudo-liberal modern lifestyle of the Yadav’s and the instability of relationships. The other side of the story in which Kitty survives portrays the lone urban lifestyle. Radha falls into an affair with a delivery boy which helps her get her sex life on track and Kitty experiences the cruelties of illegitimate relationships.
This movie shows us a lot of acceptance, confusion, and emotions in a ‘sanskari’ Indian culture. It deals with a number of issues faced in our society through various subplots like casual sexism, struggle for gender identity, job satisfaction, self-love, and many more. Though maybe not all the subplots are dealt with well, an effort is made to bring Indian cinema out of its box. It shows the deep-rooted subconscious thinking of men and opens up the topic of female sexuality. Desires in a male are told to be very appropriate, but that of a female is considered lousy and inferior. A heterosexual desire is always normal but the homosexual desire was always subdued in our cinema, which was a setback.
Shrivastava has shown her women to be strong, independent, capable, and firm. They seem to stand against the so-called ‘male gaze’.
This movie shows us the amazing sisterly bond that sisters all over the world share. Women are usually shown as their own worst enemies. This movie shows us women who even after being alienated, subdued, insulted, embarrassed, silenced by society at last unapologetically stand up behind each other like a pillar of support.
Hope you guys like this film with a different approach to show our society.