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Sign In. Hide Spoilers. Simple movies are the hardest to make in India. Being a traditionally colorful culture that subdues to the varying degrees of pomp and glitz, it is rare that something so simple yet Dont Speak - Various - Musikexpress 20 - LAge DOr comes across.
The man who revolutionized the so called 'parallel cinema' by giving it a relatable look with Dont Speak - Various - Musikexpress 20 - LAge DOr classic- 'Hyderabad Blues'. With time his understanding of the cinematic life cycle has only matured and this is quite evident in his recent works.
It brought to me glimpses of an India we all can relate with. An ounce of style with the right amount of emotion made me appreciate this creative genius flying on an unknown land that evening. It was then I realized Nagesh was more than just a movie maker. He was indeed a 'mirror maker' who showed us visions of various parts of our own society. Parts we rarely get to see. Parts Dont Speak - Various - Musikexpress 20 - LAge DOr are easily forgotten in the razzmatazz of everything else that surrounds us.
At the risk of trying to avoid this write up from becoming another review, I am attempting to capture the mood of the feature rather than the semantics of it. Two stories running parallel to each other but united by one tragic cause. We have a story of a couple from the foothills of a valley in Himachal Pradesh. We have another story of another couple from the dune hills of Rajasthan. People from two completely varying faiths and cultural limitations find each other in the face of a tragedy.
Simple people with not so simple challenges. People like you and me. But then 'Dor' is so much more than just that. It is about the ignored woman section in India. It is about their eternal struggle in a male-dominant world. It is about the anguish a young widow faces in her close minded and medieval society.
It is about a friendship that is born out of grief and put to test. A test that can easily make or break it. It is about mending broken hearts and ailing relationships. It is about hope that is so easily lost in the chaotic lives we are part of. Indians have always been fed on a rich diet of fiction and endless melodrama.
To escape from reality is the easy way out but to own up to it and reflect takes a bigger individual. As I said, simple yet powerful representations like 'Dor' are easy to ignore. But it only adds up to the injustice such genuine pieces of work meet with. I sincerely hope this is not the case with 'Dor'. Do yourself a favor and be a part of this qualitative journey for once. As for me, I have found my mirror and I acknowledge what I see.
I hope you can do the same. Was The Pooh Sticks - 1-2-3 Red Light review helpful? Sign in to vote. Nagesh Kukunoor narrates a sublime and powerful tale of two women, intertwined by destiny.
It is a story of quest- quest of love and the extent to which the protagonist is prepared to go for it. It is a subtle documentary on women subjugation and emancipation- a story of sisterhood. It is a narration of humanity and human relationships. The story moves us, it stirs us. It provides a landscape hidden to the eyes of the modern India.
It paints a picture of an all together different world. The canvas is unfamiliar, but the characters are so easy to relate to- so easy to empathize with. Their pain is our pain; their jubilations are ours.
We laugh for them and cry for them at the same time. They become for once us, and we become them. The depiction of fiercely independent woman, Zeenat, by Gul Panag is by far her best performance on the celluloid. She essays a very powerful character which would go to any extreme to save her love- her background, religion, and limited resources not withstanding.
She inspires respect for the character in the hearts of the audience. She tells us of the revolution which is silently happening in the hinterlands of India, where women are slowly but surely coming out of their traditional roles and becoming more empowered.
She conveys this is a subtle way through her convincing and yet underplayed performance. Meera is played by Ayesha Takia. And what a performance this is. Those who have seen Takia in her earlier roles would never be able to guess the sheer genius this actor is.
One is forced to wonder what took her so long to express her real acting talent. Watch out especially for the scene where Meera's husband's battered suitcase is delivered in the veranda and she approaches it.
Very few actors have been able to achieve the brilliance in their delivery to the extent she does in this scene. Through his characterization of funny "behrupiya" Shreyas Talpade introduces an element of spontaneous fun with out disturbing the underlying emotional depth of the movie. He goes one step further from his earlier performance in Iqbal- show-casing a previously huge untapped talent. His appearance in the movie adds an extra zing to this tale of sisterhood.
Screenplay has done justice to all the characters. Secondary characters are also very well formed. Cinematography is awe-inspiring.
The parched landscape of Rajasthan adds a kind of mysticism to the story. The juxtaposition of the story against this landscape adds an extra element of poignancy. Background music adds to the story without becoming overbearing. Technical departments Dont Speak - Various - Musikexpress 20 - LAge DOr done a marvelous job.
It shows in the movie that a lot of love and thought has gone into making of this movie. All in all this is the best movie that has come out of Bollywood in a long time. It is a definite 9 out of I hesitate to give it 10 out of 10 because of the character played by Kukunoor himself in the movie that Aint Gone n Give Up On Love - Various - Best Of Blues disharmony in the storyline.
HeadleyLamarr 21 May I was finally able to get my hands on what was being hyped as possibly the best film of When there is so much hype I immediately become a skeptic - on the lookout for any flaws. So I watched this film in no complacent frame of mind - no way was I simply gonna like it because others did. Three hours later, here I am compelled to write a few lines about this film.
The thread is being spun. Meera and Zeenat go through many months of separation from their spouses, living for the monthly phone call, the letters. Then one day the unthinkable happens - Meera is told Shankar is dead, Zeenat told that her husband stands accused of the murder and must die unless the widow of the deceased signs a form saying she forgives him. Zeenat does not Dont Speak - Various - Musikexpress 20 - LAge DOr who the wife is but is of indomitable will and sets off on a long journey to find her and convince her to sign the piece of paper.
The thread is now Dont Speak - Various - Musikexpress 20 - LAge DOr pulled together.
With the help of a Behroopiya Shreyas Talpade Zeenat eventually finds Meera, and slowly begins to get close to her.
The thread is now being woven into a fabric of friendship. Eventually Meera finds out that Zeenat was using the friendship to get her to sign that piece of paper and A Dreamers Holiday - Jules Farmer - Jules Farmer the 16 Lovers Rain - Hartfield - True Color, True Lie. The fabric is now about to be rent apart Meera's life is in turmoil as her husband;s family feels acute need for the money he would send home each month.
Will Meera realize exactly what gift Zeenat has bestowed on her? Will Zeenat be able to save her wrongly accused husband? Nagesh Kukunoor wrote and directed a masterpiece in Dor. The film never drags, never leaves you incredulous, and is sometimes saddening, but in the end extremely heartwarming.
It is extremely feminist in its views, but not in a shrill way - it never preaches, just points the way. The characters of Zeenat and Meera are drawn in a masterly way, you feel for both, understand both, sympathize with both, want to be like both - yet they are as different as chalk and cheese. The performances are outstanding - I am hard-pressed to pick favorites between Gul and Ayesha.
Where Ayesha charms with her childlike simplicity, her quiet fortitude, and her occasional bouts of mischief, Gul sneaks into your heart with her strong but gentle nature, her quite strength of will, her single-minded belief that her husband cannot be a killer. He takes on every filmi hero known to us, changes costumes at the drop of a hat and is charming, cunning and vulnerable. Outstanding moments in the film include Ayesha's finding out her husband is dead, Gul's telling Ayesha who she Massacre - Thin Lizzy - Live To Air and why she is really there, the grandmother telling the mother that one day she too will Dont Speak - Various - Musikexpress 20 - LAge DOr on this side of the door, Ayesha's dancing to You are My Sonia in widows's garb, the dance in the desert, too many others to name.
The music is excellent, the songs filled my heart and pleased my mind.
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