Monday, September 25, 2006
After Iqbal comes Dor
Some movies just make you cry for joy. Dor, by Nagesh Kukkunoor, is one such. Simplicity is its USP. It totally lives up to Iqbal in that context. Though, the themes of both movies are miles apart, most of the casting is shared. The actors blend so well with their characters, you'll hardly feel the déjà vu of Iqbal. Gul Panag and Ayesha Takia have gone beyond my expectations. Shreyas Talpade is endearing as always. The movie had a predictable ending, but what I liked most was the beautiful friendship that blossoms between the two girls. The things they learn from each other: Zeenat (Gul) to be a bit less harsh about the world around her, and Meera (Ayesha) to be a bit more assertive when making and executing her choices. It puts all the sex-and-violence-sells kind of movies to shame, just as Iqbal did. These two movies are a proof that there still are good stories to tell and good ways to tell them. Nagesh himself is not very convincing in the tiny part he played. He either doesn't look the part or is a pathetic actor (like Mahesh Manjrekar who directs well but sucks when it comes to acting). In any case, hats off to Nagesh for this awesome movie.
Oh, did I forget to mention the beautiful landscapes and costumes in addition to Ayesha and Gul looking great without their makeup? Oops, I totally forgot about the great music score! Go check out for yourselves.