Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars
(Dolly Kitty aur Woh Chamakte Sitare)

Year: 2019
Country: INDIA
Language: Hindi
Run Time: 130 minutes

Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars
Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars
Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars
Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars
Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars

When Kaajal moves from rural India to live with her best friend/cousin, Dolly, in New Delhi, she can’t wait to live out her dreams in the big city. But things don’t go according to plan. When Dolly’s husband starts making sexual advances towards Kaajal, she is desperate to leave their house. To make ends meet, Kaajal accepts a job with the Red Rose Romance Company as a virtual companion to lonely men over the phone. After a rough start, Kaajal (who goes by Kitty at Red Rose) begins to thrive in her new role, and she quickly becomes a client favorite. But when Kaajal starts to develop real feelings for one of her regulars, things get complicated. On top of everything, Kaajal must deal with the stigma associated with her companion job, as well as harsh judgement and criticism from Dolly. But Dolly has a secret or two of her own that she’s been keeping from Kaajal. And when everything shakes out, the two women may find they have more in common than they originally thought. Tackling the culturally taboo issues of female sexuality and empowerment with humor and satire, DOLLY KITTY AND THOSE TWINKLING STARS is a highly entertaining, feel-good feminist comedy. (In English and Hindi with subtitles) — G.S.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 4:05 PM

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 8:40 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Pan-Asian Cinema
Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition


Alankrita Shrivastava

Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor

Alankrita Shrivastava

John Jacob Payyapali

Charu Shree Roy

Principal Cast
Konkana Sen Sharma, Bhumi Pednekar, Amol Parashar, Vikrant Massey

Film Contact

Media Partners

India International

The Lotus

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