This is one filmmaker who has followed the offbeat path quite successfully - right since his debut with Hyderabad Blues in 1998 to last year’s release Iqbal, which left many in the audience misty-eyed. Now, Nagesh Kukunoor treads a new path with his next film, Dor, which is slated to release this month.
Of course the reactions to his films are always varied, but Nagesh claims that he is absolutely unfazed by people’s opinions. "Each film is a new challenge for me. No matter how my last film is received, I start afresh every time. After Iqbal I did not take any break. I wanted to come up with something equally challenging. I hope Dor will meet to the expectations that people have from me."
Dor is based on a real incident revolving around the lives of two women in Kerala. Elaborates the director, "This story is about an invisible connect between two women - Zeenat and Meera, who lead parallel lives but come across each other through a catalyst played by Shreyas Talpade."
Though the protagonists of the film are two women, Nagesh refuses to call it a woman-oriented script. "It’s not female-centric, it’s about three characters and two of them are women."
Nagesh addresses Dor as a "visually dramatic film." Ask him why and he says, "Dor is my most challenging and dramatic film to date — the pristine locales, the spectacular cinematography and the soaring music all add up to make it larger-than-life."
Talking about the cast, Nagesh labels "Ayesha Takia a surprise element" and calls Girish Karnad the “strength” of the film. “Ayesha will be playing a non-glam character for the first time and I’m sure everyone will be taken by surprise. And Shreyas is a kind of actor I would like to work with again and again.”
After Iqbal, let’s see what Shreyas has in store.