Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars is a story about a secret shared by two cousins, Dolly and Kazal, who live in the suburbs of New Delhi. Dolly is a middle-class working mother with a son and a hardworking husband. Her family is excited about their upcoming move to a newly built luxury apartment. However, while her family looks picture perfect on the outside, there is a secret they keep to maintain their lifestyle. Kazal moves from rural India to live in a city, but there is not much a young woman without anything can do. Eventually, she begins to work as a cyber-lover under the name Kitty on a dating app and meets a man. The two cousins who used to criticize each other’s life come to share their secrets and grow to understand each other.
Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars is the third feature film by Alankrita SHRIVASTAVA, who has focused on women’s search for themselves and the expression of their hidden desires. Through this film, SHRIVASTAVA sends a message about how important it is for women and sexual minorities to voice their desires in the oppressive Indian society. While the film depicts a terrible price that women have to pay for their freedom and independence, it tells a hopeful story about the possibilities of fulfillment through solidarity.(PARK Sun Young)
Alankrita SHRIVASTAVA is an award-winning feature film director and screenwriter from Mumbai, India with a penchant for telling women’s stories. Acclaimed critically in India and internationally, Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016) has travelled to over 80 international film festivals. Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars (2019) is Alankrita SHRIVASTAVA’s third feature film as writer-director.