Dolly Ahluwalia is an actress, who became popular for her works as a costume designer. In 2001, she received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for costume designing, and became a three-time National Film Award winner; twice for the category of Best Costume Design for her works in the films, Bandit Queen and Haider respectively and one as Best Supporting Actress for her outstanding performance in the 2012 comedy drama film,
Dolly was born and raised up in Delhi and she has been very active in dramatics all through her years in St. Thomas. Then she studied at Delhi University, where she received a lot of trophies from the dramatics section, until her father saw an ad of the National School of Drama. Dolly’s father works in the government while her mother is a plain housewife. She is the youngest among her four siblings. Her father knew Mrs. Rita Kothari, a teacher from NSD, and that’s how she started in NSD.
According to Dolly, she initially worked as a costume designer and then as an actress, but she has no formal training in design and acting. The designer-actress gained some knowledge from the National School of Drama and through some personal experiences only. It was her guru, Ebrahim Alkazis, a popular theater director, who gave her new direction and told her that she has a great eye for costume. She didn’t take any course, it is just her life’s observations that she wanted to translate into the silver screen.
Dolly started her career with designing costumes for theater actors. Then she worked with Bandit Queen and later designed for popular directors like
for the films
The Blue Umbrella
, Omkara, Blood Brothers, Kaminey and Haider and
for the films Water and Midnight’s Children.
She also acted in television and was debuted in the TV series Amma and Family in 1995. Then she acted in the big screen in films like Mudda – The Issue in 2003, Yahaan, Water and The Blue Umbrella in 2005,
in 2009, Ek Noor in 2011, Vicky Donor and Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana in 2012, Saadi Love Story,
and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in 2013.
Dolly is married to
, who played as the father of Kareena in
Jab We Met
. They have been blessed with two children.