Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dor (2006) - Review

Starring: Ayesha Takia, Gul Panag, Shreyas Talpade, Girish Karnad
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Producer: Elahe Hiptoola
Writer: T.A. Razak
Music: Salim - Sulaiman Merchant
Cinematographer: Sudeep Chatterjee
Editor: Sanjib Datta
Release date: September 22, 2006
Duration: 147 minutes

Dor trails the intertwined lives of two women who come from diverging worlds and basic grounding in life. One is Meera (Ayesha Takia) who is submissive and uncomplainingly succumbs to the dictats of the society; the other is Zeenat (Gul Panag) an independent, headstrong woman who lives by her rules and decisions and is stoic enough to face their consequences. A tragic turn of events brings the two together.

What ensues is a simple, gripping tale of their internal struggles, their eventual coming to terms with their destinies and their transformation in the process.

An important part of this journey is the Behrupiya (Shreyas Talpade), who helps bring Meera and Zeenat together and thoroughly entertains along the way, with his shenanigans. He is such a likeable character who lightens up the setting and manages to crack us up with his one liners in the most unexpected of scenes. For her second film, Ayesha was quite the surprise package of all (her first was Socha Na Tha). She is firm yet restrained. I like how her character is etched out.

I didn't find Zeenat's reason convincing enough to prolong telling Meera, about her intentions of coming to see her. It felt contrived. But director Nagesh Kukunoor does a good job letting Meera's character grow during this time. That's actually where she comes into her own and makes this a winning performance. [Watch out for her every time she breaks into a jig on her favourite Bollywood numbers].

Watch Dor if you still haven't. You're most likely going to love the film. All of you who have, what are your thoughts? Let's talk in the comments below.

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