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Dor [DVD]

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  • Actors: Gul Kirat Panag, Ayesha Takia, Shreyas Talpade
  • Directors: Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eros International
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov. 2006
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7LQNI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,313 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Tender Hindi cross-cultural story about friendships, love and loss. Zeenat (Gul Panang) and Meera (Ayesha Takia) come from disparate backgrounds and cultures but they are cast together by news that will change both of their lives forever.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheman on 10 Nov. 2007
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Beautifully filmed with sensitive character portrayals Dor is a fascinating and unusual look into the challenges and difficulties faced by two women brought together through tragedy and need. The only reason I gave it four stars rather than five was because I found the 'light relief' character didn't always sit so well in the overall storyline despite his many endearing qualities.
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This story is always growing , becoming stronger and stronger as the friendship between these 2 women , so diferent on their atitudes trough live , one independent another absolutely obediente, one muslim another hindu goes deep and strong. Good performances, good music and mainly a marvellous script.
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By Marie on 17 Sept. 2013
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meaningful story, funny sometimes, beautiful and talented actors, beautiful setting, beautiful message. It's just a very nice film. If you are sensitive, you'll love it.
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By PaulR on 28 Sept. 2011
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I caught on TV this completely by accident one evening where the film director gave a little intro of the film prior to its showing. I was intruiged and suprised to find myself so engrossed in a film that normally I would have thought wasnt to my liking. Took me ages to find it on DVD (not helped by the fact I couldnt remember the title !!) but Im so glad I did - everyone who has borrowed it and seen it loves it too.

A tremendous story, which gives a better insight into Indian culture that is so different from other Indian/Bollywood films, well acted and sometimes the cinematic landscape was breathtaking. Two women from different backgrounds and cultures coming to terms with their place in society, a society that was not as sympathetic to them as one would have expected or hoped.

Sadly its films like these that are hard to hear about & find as they are not Hollywood blockbusters with mega budgets and lots of special effects. There are no guns or explosions or big name actors - just a good story, likeable & believable characters, and a gentle meander through a culture I thought I understood - but clearly dont.

A very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Beautifully-crafted Film 7 Dec. 2006
By James W. Hoover III - Published on
"Dor" transliterates the Hindi word "daur," or "run," which also can be a euphemism for any all-out effort. And that's what this movie is about - one woman's desperate race, against the clock, against cultural obstacles, and against the worst aspects of human nature - to save her husband's life.

Nagesh Kukunoor is one of India's most innovative young directors, and his films have a reputation for being more than just cinema: they are works of art in every respect, lovingly and carefully crafted - from the dialogues to the settings and cinematography. Most of all, however, Kukunoor is attentive to casting and character-development. Yet for all these art-film aspects, Dor will please any audience; nor is it without a nod to traditional Bollywood in the form of music and dance, although in the case of Dor the music is so sensitively rendered that it becomes another layer of the characterization and mood of the film.

The crisis around which Dor revolves is one that millions of Indians can relate to: wives left at home while husbands go abroad to seek their fortunes and remit money to support their families. In this case, however, two women, each strong in their own way, face the trial of overcoming a tragedy. An independently-minded young Muslim woman from Himachal Pradesh learns that her husband is accused of murdering his flat-mate in Saudi Arabia, and will be executed unless his victim's widow will sign a petition for mercy. The other side of the coin is Meera, a traditional young Rajasthani woman who must decide, ultimately, whether or not to forgive the man accused of murdering her husband.

Nagesh Kukunoor, however, takes this crisis as a point of departure for looking at a variety of experiences and themes. One of these is Meera's widowhood in a very conservative Rajput clan, in which a woman's status is attached to that of her husband, and a widow expected to live in secluded, abject mourning for the rest of her life. Another theme is that of friendship. A third theme is that of personal strength and integrity. In a masterstroke, Kukunoor leaves the men in this story "off stage." You never really will know what actually happened in Saudi Arabia. Instead, he focuses on the women left behind in India, and their struggle to make some sense of their shattered lives.

Dor has been described as a "sweet" movie, and it is, but at the same time it leaves you wondering, right to the end, if there will truly be a happy ending. Above all, what struck me about Dor was how subtle the movie was - there was no melodrama, no "camp." The two female characters are strong, but not stereotyped. They are nuanced and believable, trying to work within realistic constraints to find common ground and solace. In the end, however, Dor is a movie that you can walk away from thinking that all is right with the world; it is a beautiful, quiet celebration of human dignity and decency.

Western audiences also will appreciate Dor, which is a great introduction to life in modern India. The movie also is only a little more than 2 hours long, and perfectly edited, which will make it more acceptable to people unfamiliar with Indian cinema. It will be very surprising, indeed, if Dor does not win a garland of major awards at international film festivals.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great movie with great visuals .. 11 Mar. 2007
By Desh - Published on
FYI - "dor" means a string in Hindi and thats the intended title - the explanation above is incorrect. (There is also a picture of string on the cover)

Anyhoo - the movie is fantastic with breathtaking backdrops from Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan but that us not what makes the movie so special. The story is great , I wont go into the details as other reviews have already covered that, but so is the acting - both Gul and Ayesha have done a fantastic job playing out their characters. It was a pleasant surprise to see two women with such glamorous background play these roles to perfection - I have not seen the strong women played so well after Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi. Shreyas Talpade has also done a great job with his role, though he is capable of much more - I would have loved to see him play a more substantative role than his depiction of a con man / street actor.

All and all a great movie - which I am proud to have in my collection as one of the good Bollywood films in recent times.

Also, Kudos to for adding Bollywood films and music for sale.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dor- String along and enjoy 23 Feb. 2009
By Fair and balanced critic - Published on
Dor is the Hindi word for "string". And, paraphrasing James Hanley's tuneful composition, as one views&listens to this film: zing go the strings of one's heart.
Written and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and featuring Ayesha Takia, Gul Panag and Shreyas Talpade Dor is more, much more. Cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee's eye for the pictorial image brings the screen to life with colorful scenery - moreover, every frame taken as individual stills would make for beautiful individual works of art ready to be framed and hung on a wall of an art museum or photography studio. "He composes and constructs stylised but simple images which don't scream for attention, but unassumingly add up to create the film's striking overall visual design."
Dor is about two women who come from diverse backgrounds and how fate brings them together. Quoting The Times of India: "Dor makes a strong feminist statement without being strident or shouting slogans. And all along, the riveting friendship between the two polarized women and the events that bring them together, keep tugging at your heart." In addition to encouraging women to follow their own desires, this film, in its low-key presentation, matter-of-fact juxtapositions Hindu and Muslim cultures without overtly making a fuss about it.
Ayesha Takia has extraordinary resonance in a quiet, realistic performance that goes deep into the complex character of newly- widowed Hindu Meera, continuing to show new facets of herself in a climactic confrontation scene when she reveals her true feelings to Gul Panag's Zeenat, a newly-recent Muslim bride. As her bold counterpart, Panag presents a strong female role model easy for Westerners to identify with.

Although critically well reviewed and winner of a number of prestigious awards, this film was a commercial failure in India. It is not your typical Bollywood film. It is a quiet, affective & effective motion picture. Its musical score is also more of an elitist one and for niche audiences.
Dor, as its title literally implies, is about a series of events tied or threaded together--or more precisely, the commonality of Indian women in pursuing their own desires and independence.
Do not miss it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Three Stars Just for Rajasthan ...Four Stars for Shreyas Talpade 11 Jan. 2007
By Reviewer - Published on
I caught this at the Indo-Arts Film Festival in New York. First thing, is the haunting stark beauty of rajastahn, if you can't get a good shot with your camera there then give up making films.
Gul Panag plays an intelligent, beautiful dedicated woman...which is what she is in real life
Shreyas Talpade is one of the best natural comedians I have ever seen. He almost stole the film (difficult to do with Gal and Rajasthan in the picture :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A tragedy averted ! 4 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
This is a Hindi movie. It is a story of 2 married women who do not know each other, but who become intertwined by fate. It is fate which has caused one tragedy and averts another.

The story, as narrated, is quite credible. The direction is perceptive and excellent. Hats off to Nagesh Kukunoor, the Director! Good acting by Gul Panag, Shreyas Talpade and Ayesha Takia.

Gul Panag lives in the mountains and has to make a long journey to desert country to find a stranger, Ayesha Takia, who, fate has decreed, has the power to grant mercy to Panag's husband. However, the story is not as plain as that. It depicts quite a unique episode which brings Panag to Takia. Panag is the reminder of Takia's misery, but they end up becoming friends.
It is about the fortitude of a woman and the courage and conviction of the other.

The background song stays with you well after you have seen the movie. The Director has put in a brief appearance in the movie.

This is quality Indian cinema and a `must see'.
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