Dora drowns in its own mediocrity
Dora is a desperate attempt to justify Nayanthara’s lady superstar tag, as if the world really cares about it.
Dora follows a tried-and-tested tale of revenge in which a car and a dog play pivotal roles. If there was a consolation prize for acting, I’d happily hand it over to the dog and its trainer.
While the film’s premise – about a haunted car – sounds exciting on paper, sadly, it’s not even half as thrilling as the idea in the film. In fact, thanks to the treatment, even the interesting idea turns silly through the course of the film, resulting in sheer disappointment.
While you want to appreciate Nayanthara’s faith in a newcomer, she seems to have bet on a wrong project. The director shows barely any promise in writing and instead focuses on cheap horror thrills to engage the audience. With barely even a scene that evokes interest; one wonders what motivated Nayanthara to accept the project in the first place, particularly after the success of Maya, which worked due to terrific writing.
Apart from Nayanthara, who shines in a few scenes, the rest of the cast falls flat. A loud-mouthed Thambi Ramaiah, who used to be fun, is a pain to watch, and he badly needs a strongly written character to bounce back.
Director Doss Ramaswamy’s Dora is badly written and despite a decent performance, Nayanthara can do little to save it. This horror tale doesn’t have the magic of Maya.