Recently I got to watch one of the movies that one really likes because of the simple yet a stirring story. The movie that I am talking of, is ‘Dor’.
More often than not, the story of a movie does not appear to be something which someone with a routine life can connect with. You can undergo several emotions – sympathy, anger, happiness, sadness and may be some more, with the characters, in the short span of two to three hours but you forget about what you felt, once the movie is over. But that did not happen after watching this one.
This movie tells us the story of two girls from two different parts of India – one girl from Rajasthan and another from Himachal Pradesh. Same country, yet such difference in the way of life that each of them has. But essentially, it is the spirit of life in them which is the same and which connects them.
One should see the movie to feel what I have felt after seeing the movie. I wouldn’t say that the actors gave an award winning performance but they have tried to make the characters they play, as real as possible. It would be unfair to judge them on this because the movie has an intense veteran – Girish Karnad, though in a small role, of that of a man in the male dominated society of Rajasthan, to compete with. He plays the role of a man who is drowning in debts and has had to rent out his haveli to make ends meet. His son then goes out to Saudi to earn some money to help them get out of debts and get their haveli back. Girish Karnad has really gone under the skin of the character.
His pain of losing his chance of getting back his haveli is much more than the pain of losing his son, when the son dies in Saudi. So much more, that he is even ready to sell his widowed daughter-in-law to the tenant of his haveli in lieu of money that would get him back his haveli along with some spare money to get it repaired!
The pace of the movie does not slacken anywhere. At the moments when Meera struggles with the conflicting thoughts of what to do, the tedious process of decision making, it becomes predictable that she would help Zeenat. When she hands over, to Zeenat, the papers to get her husband Amir’s life back and the train leaves, one thinks that having done that, it would be almost impossible for Meera to go back to the same house where people are waiting to sell her, you see Zeenat’s hand stretching out to help Meera break the fetters of the society that she lives in. And Meera accepts the outstretched hand.
The spirit of Zeenat is that of a fighter and a survivor and it kindles the same but suppressed for long, spirit in Meera.
I would not say that the movie is about love or how far you would go to save your love, the way the movie was promoted, but I feel the movie is more about the human spirit which can make someone do things that would be considered impossible in normal circumstances. Most of the people would surrender to the circumstances while there would be a handful who would not give up without giving a good fight. This is seen in Zeenat when she fights till she can and when she appears to fail, she accepts it.
One of the most honest dialog in this movie is one which translates to -“Life is so much easier when you have it shaped out from a mould, a way defined by someone else. It is difficult when you are the one who has to make decisions, be they even of your own life.”
So I would attribute this movie as a tribute to all who fight back when circumstances change and have the zeal of life. Isn’t it because of such people that the human race has survived till now?


4 thoughts on “Dor

  1. Hi Shweta, Its one of my fav. movie only because it was based on 100% fact, still in raj. many women has to suffer this kind of life after husband. We people living in city will never come to know what pain they go through.Your Truely,huhuhu


  2. In the movie, it is told that it was not a murder but an accident when both of them were drinking and the other one was sitting at the edge of the window and fell down. ( If I am not mixing it up with some other movie)


  3. i liked the movie too.. but… after years of bollwood conditioning of having all loose ends tied up (albeit often via extremely improbable incidents), i wdve appreciated had we known WHY Zeenat’s husband killed (even if accidentally) Meera’s husband.


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