We know the cake in the oven is done when a skewer or knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Wish somebody had done the same with Dolly Ki Doli. If only producer Arbaaz Khan, or debutant director Abhishek Dogra or actress Sonam Kapoor has cared enough to insert a fork into their half baked muffin of a film they would have been able to see the sloppy characters and damp mixture still sticking to it. 'Dolly Ki Doli' is a terribly half baked affair and thatâs a pity. Particularly because itâs hard to run down a film that has some really hearty performances to boast of. Dolly ki Doli starts off just fine. Sonam Kapoor plays the con â bride Dolly and no ordinary âdulhanâ is she! Dolly ensnares men with her charm, marries them with aplomb and then runs away with all their money and jewelry. In police records she is known as the âLooteri Dulhanâ and quite aptly so. âMain woh dulhan nahi jo sirf ladke ko doodh deti hoon. Main to woh dulhan hoon jo sab ghar walon ko bhi dudh deti hoonâ she coyly announces in one of the scenes. This laced milk works its magic and by next morning our Dolly runs away with her loot leaving her 'sasural walas' distraught and 'dulhas' in shock.
Dolly, of course, has a gang â her fake family so to speak complete with an old daadi parroting âbeti de di sab dediyaâ. There is the brilliant Manoj Joshi who plays her 'nakli baap' and her unwilling 'nakli bhai' wonderfully played by Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. In spite of blurred characterization and a loose plot these two actors still shine through giving us many laugh worthy moments.
Moving on, these wedding heists wouldnât be half as entertaining had it not been for Dollyâs hapless dulhas and their clamorous parivaars. Rajkumar Rao playing Sonu Sarawat is a delight to watch. He rattles off in Haryanvi leaving us in splits. Sonuâs father played by Rajesh Sharma too ensures there is never a dull moment when he is around. To pull off such impressive performances with limited screen time is the reason 'Dolly Ki Doli' canât be totally dismissed.
Varun Sharma plays Dollyâs next flabbergasted dulha Manoj Chadha. Archana pooran Singh plays his loud Punjabi mom with a kiran Kher-ish hue which Bollywood and we have come to love. She is good and so is Varun Sharma and together they help us with some more chuckles and laughs.
The smartest move by the makers is to keep it all well within 100 minutes. So, perfect if you only wish to kill time.