Let me get this out of the way – Thambi Ramaiah has got to stop doing that thing he does – talking to himself in every movie, irrespective of the character. It has become as grating as Santhanam’s rhymes that are passed off as jokes.
Dora is a horror movie that tries to be a comedy for some of its running time, but doesn’t leave you feeling too irritated as it comes to an end. It features the lady who can do no wrong, Nayantara. She gets slo-mo walks, racy background music, action sequences, and a bit of dialogue that essentially tells us she has no peer in all of South India. Make way for the female superstar!
The story follows Pavalakkodi (Nayantara) and a dog (Dora) who is now a friendly ghost inhabiting the body of an Austin Cambridge. Do not be fooled though, the dog has some vicious tendencies when revenge is at hand. There is a backstory about a girl who was raped, and how Dora died out of sorrow and starvation – this made me feel worse than expected. We know the end of course, and we know how the parallel stories will be tied together, but we don’t mind watching even if the proceedings get too silly at times. As a bonus, there is no distracting love track! Pavalakkodi tells her father she is happy being with him, she doesn’t need marriage to make her happy – we know this is something rare and precious as far as Tamil cinema goes. And mercifully, the movie doesn’t end with her falling in love.
I take issue with Pavalakkodi’s outfits though – the monochrome leggings and kurtas are really an eyesore. Why not some fun prints for the superstar next time? I was also somewhat concerned with the vilification of migrant labourers from North India, who are shown to be paedophiles. There aren’t any good characters to balance this out, and I found myself thinking about the consequences of this kind of stereotyping.