I am a huge fan of Shahrukh Khan's Don. In fact, I liked it even better than Amitabh's original Don. OK…Alright.....Amitabh fans…don't go ballistic on me. Amitabh’s Don was a great movie for its times. But to me, Shahrukh’s Don is the perfect package! A totally engrossing story adapted and modified to suit modern tastes and expectations. Narrated in an amazingly slick and modern fashion by the very capable director Farhan Akhtar. Shahrukh's impossibly charismatic Don haunts you in every frame. And the catchy, foot tapping music and fast paced action complete the package.
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Obviously, I have been looking forward to the release of Don 2. The promos look amazing and I can’t get enough of the 'Don Says' snippets. The reality was a little different than my expectations though. Shahrukh Khan is still mind blowing as Don, but the story itself leaves so much to be desired. Also, a crisper screenplay would definitely have helped the cause. Farhan Akhtar does a decent job of directing the film but I wouldn’t put this one in the same league as Dil Chahta Hai or Don. The supporting cast appears to be there just because of the demand of the script. I was surprised that even accomplished actors like Boman Irani (Vardhaan) and Om Puri (Malik) leave no mark on the audience. Priyanka Chopra as Roma is totally ineffective. Her role is minimal and her look/make-up is disastrous. In fact, all through the movie I kept thinking about who would be a better fit as Roma, the Junglee Billi. Maybe Kareena Kapoor or Deepika Padukone? Or even Sushmita Sen……as a friend pointed out later. In contrast, I liked Lara Dutta in her almost non-existent role as Ayesha, Don’s girlfriend. She looks glamorous. The music is forgettable, the only saving grace being ‘Zara Dil Ko Thaam Lo’.
So, what’s the story? Well, the protagonist Don (Shahrukh Khan), establishes his supremacy in the Asian underworld. Now he wants to rule Europe. So he comes up with a complex plan of looting the currency printing plates from a German bank. He enlists the support of Vardhaan (Boman Irani), Jabbar (Nawab Shah), Sameer Ali (Kunal Kapoor), J.K. Diwan (Aly Khan) and Ayesha (Lara Dutta) to carry out the plan. Malik (Om Puri) and Roma (Priyanka Chopra), an Interpol detective are closely following his case. Are they successful with the plan? What unfolds during the bank robbery and how does it end?
All in all, Don 2 is a one time ‘dekho’. Watch it mainly for Shahrukh’s performance and the overall look and feel of the movie. I do recommend that you watch ‘Don – The Chase Begins Again’ beforehand. It will give you a sense of continuity and also a comparison point. If I had to summarize Don 2 in a sentence, I would definitely say that it is Shahrukh Khan’s movie through and through. Yes, the King is back!!
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