Tugs at your strings

DorCast: Shreyas Talpade, Ayesha Takia and Gul Panag

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor

Producer: Sahara One


Dor is about the strings attaching Meera (Ayesha Takia) and Zeenat (Gul Panag). It is about the strings attaching their husbands Shankar and Amir and how one person’s death affects everyone.

Meera and her husband Shankar stay in a joint family in Jodhpur. Zeenat and Amir are married and stay in Himachal. Fate destines that both husbands go off to Saudi Arabia for work. Fate also destines that they become roomies in that country. What’s more, fate leads to Shankar falling off the balcony and Amir gets convicted for his murder and is thrown into the Saudi gallows.

The external affairs ministry tells Zeenat that she should talk to Meera to pardon her husband, which in turn will set her husband free, or else he will get the death sentence.

Zeenat reaches Rajasthan and encounters a Behroopia (Shreyas Talpade) – a conman who entertains people and then robs them. He gets her to feed him and then runs away with her belongings. But he soon meets up with her again and tries to help her reach her goal.

Performances are breathtaking. Ayesha shows a lot of poise and depth in her performance. The acting skills of Gul Panag have been well honed by Nagesh in Dor. Shreyas Talpade entertains. Do watch out for a superb cameo by Nagesh himself, who has done a decent job as a director too.

Dor is clearly a film for the multiplex genre and will do well in certain pockets of India as well. However the lack of aggressive marketing will hamper the film’s prospects to a great extent. Nagesh’s previous film Iqbal was aggressively pushed by Mukta Arts. But Sahara One hasn’t been able to read the next googly from the Iqbal maker.

S. Ramachandran

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