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  • Actors: Ayesha Takia
  • Directors: Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Eros Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7LQNI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,544 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Good acting by Gul Panag, Shreyas Talpade and Ayesha Takia.
SANJEEV HASTIMAL SANDH
Western audiences also will appreciate Dor, which is a great introduction to life in modern India.
James W. Hoover III
No wonder most people in India hated Mehta's "Water" and loved this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James W. Hoover III on December 7, 2006
Format: DVD
"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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Desh on March 10, 2007
Format: DVD
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 Amazon.com for adding Bollywood films and music for sale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fair and balanced critic on February 22, 2009
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on January 11, 2007
Format: DVD
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 :)
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