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COLOURS OF RAJASTHAN Ayesha Takia in 'Dor'
COLOURS OF RAJASTHAN Ayesha Takia in 'Dor'

Nagesh Kukunoor lifts the veil off 'Dor', his most dramatic movie till date

I wanted a theme song that's uplifting, not romantic or 'dinchak' NAGESH The canvas is large, the settings spectacular and the narrative his most striking ever. "I decided on the story's premise and started writing the screenplay, and realised that Dor will be an extremely dramatic film," says film-maker Nagesh Kukunoor. If he is excited about his new venture, he doesn't pretend to hide it. The film, which will release on September 22, has begun to intrigue cine-goers and the film industry alike. Salim-Sulaiman's soulful music and Sudip Chatterjee's breathtaking visuals on the promos are doing the trick.After the much-acclaimed Iqbal, Nagesh has taken a piece of reality for Dor. In Nagesh's own words, "It's a story of two women coming from two different worlds and the journey taken up by one to meet another." The story shows to what extent a young woman goes to save her loved one, even if it means fighting against destiny. Prod him on and Nagesh reveals that the story was inspired by a real-life incident: "It's a story where one Indian migrant worker in Saudi Arabia kills another by accident. Under the shariyat law followed in Saudi Arabia, only the widow of the deceased can forgive the accused. So Gul Panag takes up a journey to meet the widow of the deceased, Ayesha Takia."The film has been extensively shot in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. The three principal actors, explains Nagesh, came together in three different ways. "A friend of mine told me that Ayesha was signed for Naseeruddin Shah's film. I also saw Socha Na Tha and thought she'd fit the bill for Mira. And man, was I right? She is absolutely fantastic. Gul was selected after an audition. For Shreyas's role, I had an older person in mind. But since I knew Shreyas both as an actor and a friend, I felt that he could contribute a lot. You'll see newer facets of his acting."Nagesh's favourite composer duo Salim-Sulaiman do the honours this time too. Is it the comfort level, their understanding of his what he wants or their knowledge of Indian and Western music that made Nagesh return to them? "All of the above," laughs Nagesh. "So far, they've given me primarily western background music that's more orchestral in nature. For Dor, they've beautifully blended Indian and western music. Salim has worked with the likes of Zakir Husain and that understanding of music helped." If Aashaiyein of Iqbal stood for optimism, Dor has a theme song that's uplifting. "I wanted the song to say 'never give up' but I didn't want it to be romantic or 'dinchak'. Salim-Sulaiman did a great job."As the release date approaches, Nagesh spends lesser and lesser time in Hyderabad. "I'm here only once in a fortnight to meet my parents. Work keeps me away," he concludes.SANGEETHA DEVI. K




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