Movie Review: Don 2

Jan 6, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Screenplay

Star Cast – Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Boman Irani, Om Puri, Kunal Kapoor
Director – Farhan Akhtar
Producer – Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani and Shahrukh Khan
Music Director – Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Lyrics – Javed Akhtar
Genre – Action Thriller

The year 2011 ended with a new blockbuster that brought a novel look of the Indian Cinema in front of the audience. This new action thriller is the sequel of DON (2006) which was one of the biggest blockbusters portraying the same new look of the Indian cinema in 2006. The film was the remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s classic DON (1978) following the same story line with a few amendments including completely different and quite impressive climax of the movie where Don survives using his brilliant mind killing Vijay, his duplicate innocent village guy. Farhan Akhtar’s DON modernized the classic DON bringing out action as flawless, as practical and as stupendous as the Hollywood films like Mission Impossible portrays it. This westernized feel that the movies gave, has brought newness to the audience compelling them to stay glued to the screen throughout the 2 hours as this is something Indian movies haven’t much excelled in as yet. No offense to Dhoom, but Don and Don 2 incontestably qualified in presenting a more practical and realistic action than any other Bollywood film.

Don 2-The King is Back, starring King Khan, directed by Farhan Akhtar has accomplished ground-breaking success in its first two opening weeks in the theatres throughout the world. Right after the blockbuster DON (2006), it became prudent for Farhan Akhtar to come up with its sequel (DON 2) bringing out a new story with new compelling structure and mind-boggling action. The look of the film has a feel of lavishness and class that adds up to its overall radiance. Don 2 is a stroke of brilliance by Farhan Akhtar in terms of great direction, story, screenplay, dialogues, music and action. The film shows how adroitly Farhan Akhtar executed his inspiration of bringing in Hollywood action into an Indian film, giving it an international look, thus allowing it to stand out compared to all other Indian action movies. It can be easily said that the film was brilliant owing to the fact that I saw no loopholes in the screenplay or action that it included.

The first half of the movie lacked the intense action but as the story develops well gradually, this lacking action makes perfect sense. The second half is full of extraordinary action, magically sheathed with adrenaline rush series of events gripping the audience’s attention. The best thing about the film is that its story is unpredictable. The audience while watching the movie has no idea what Don will do next. His every move comes as a surprise to the audience; suspense which is a norm of a thriller movie and is thus rightfully administered in Don 2.

Shah Rukh Khan, as DON, exemplified the movie with his admirable performance. His feat actually makes the movie even more enjoyable owing to his witty dialogues that complemented Don’s personality. Being the King of Bollywood, he already has a huge fan following, yet what has actually increased his fan following even further after this movie is the life he puts into the character, showing that the character was MADE for him and no one else could have executed it better than him. His new look as a villain shows his commendable skills as an actor. The audience loved him in this negative role.

Coming to the story line, this time, Don, who is a cold-hearted and dangerous criminal, is planning something huge. The story begins from Thailand, where Don surrenders himself to the police (Om Puri and Priyanka Chopra) who send him to jail in Malaysia. Here he meets Vardhan (Boman Irani), his old enemy, and offers to help him escape the prison if he helps him steal the currency plates. After successfully breaking out of the prison, he administers the plan of looting the currency plates, which is a very difficult task and thus hires a hacker (Kunal Kapoor). This whole time, Roma (Priyanka Chopra) is after Don determined to catch him one day.

The music of the movie by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy goes perfectly with the film but truthfully is not the best considering the music Indian cinema has produced. Priyanka Chopra, Kunal Kapoor and Lara Dutta did justice with the characters they played. Boman Irani stood out with his great performance. Om Puri’s role did not demand much and his performance was mediocre. The cinematography, visual-effects, special-effects were mind-blowing, rightly beautifying and covering the beauty of Thailand and Malaysia. Editing was well done. And most of all, Shah Rukh Khan’s performance was outstanding overshadowing all who performed in the movie.

Attempting to create a remake is hard, but making a sequel of the remake with a completely new story is harder. Don 2 is indisputably Farhan Akhtar’s best movie of his entire career. His hard work and skill resulted in a perfect pull off of the movie and it did surely pay him back for his effort. For Shah Rukh Khan who proved to be the power house in Don 2’s success, this movie established a great achievement as his role as DON puts him back into the running for the Best Actor award in Filmfare and Starscreen, which looked relatively difficult after his disappointing movie Ra-One. So, I would suggest people to go and watch this movie as it’s a remarkable entertainment. Have fun with Don and see how his brilliant criminal mind works and what strokes of cleverness he uses making it impossible to catch him. As you must have heard,

“DON KO PAKARNA MUSHKIL HI NAHI, NA-MUMKIN HAI”

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