Don 2 (2011)-Hindi Movie Review

Don 2 Hindi Movie PosterDec 23, 2011 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Don 2 is a 2011 Bollywood Hindi movie directed by Farhan Akhtar with Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Om Puri, Lara Dutta and others in the cast. Read the Hindi film review at Calcutta Tube.

Bad ass Khan

SRK is back after the blunder of RA One to gain some brownie points for the second instalment of the highly successful remake of Don, but past all the hype and hoopla it is not really a mind blowing thriller.

The background

The Badshah of Bollywood returns as the Badshah of the Asian drug arena in Don 2 and he is wanted not only by “gyaara mulko ki police” but also by the drug lords of Europe who fear his growing power. So Don has to defeat some Thai gangsters who want his head simply for the hit points on offer. No problem for this smooth talking, ass kicking, bad version of MI Tom Cruise/James Bond(and some more). He wipes them out and goes to pay a visit to some of his old enemies aka “Jangli Billi” Roma played by Priyanka Chopra and Vardhan played by Boman Irani. Don claims to turn himself over but as we all know “Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nehi namumkin hei”, so he escapes with Vardhan. From there on it’s all about a special bank job and how he goes on to perform that robbery.

The story – 2.5/5

You go into the hall expecting twists and that is exactly what you get. Don 2 seems to be an attempt to over satisfy the customers because the twists just keep on coming. Not that all of them are bad, in fact some of them are quite good and may blow your rockers off but still it’s a question of too many in too little space. Even though this flick seems to emulate Abbas Mustan movies in structure while drawing inspiration from several Holly blockbusters, it isn’t a total waste of money. It can even be a packaged entertainer with all of the stunts and kinks on display, but to some refined tastes this oh-too-cool stylised and larger than life appearances may appear a little over bright.

One more problem is the lack of character dimensions. In Don each character had something to hide and which made their growth as the movie progressed quite enthralling but Don 2 offers no such delicacy. From the beginning itself the roles are a little too predefined and leave no space for clever alterations as the movie advances. So in short, action seems have been the main focus leaving little or no screen time for engaging characterization.

The direction and technique – 3.5/5

Bollywood wants to be taken seriously, at least when it comes to technology. I am not so sure about script writers but when it comes to technical detailing, Bollywood is no longer the kid.

For Don 2 it’s the same when it comes to visual brilliance- slick, smooth and suave. With exotic locales and some eye catching cinematography, it is a treat for the eyes.

The classics of Don are still there but this film takes it several steps further from the previous offering in terms of eye candy (sans the Kareena number which was replaced by a rather bland Lara Dutta one).

So while the script makes the action sequences actually naïve, the visual splendour makes up for that by providing truly brilliant detailing.

The acting – 2/5

Nobody acts in this film, sorry I will rephrase that. Nobody gets the chance to act in this film except Shah Rukh who seems to be doing everything.

He frets, fights, teases and does everything heard or unheard of while significantly stretching the boundary of reality. He has those famous Don one liners and apart from him nobody else gets to say anything cool. He controls the Don world singlehandedly without giving any room for others. This prince of darkness is the be all and end all in Don 2 which makes the existence others quite forgettable.

Priyanka as Roma is no longer quite the exciting Jangli Billi and seems rather type casted throughout her less than meaningful existence in the film. Om Puri appears to be a bystander (he may as well have retired after claiming to do so in the first few minutes of the film, and nobody would have noticed his absence). Boman Irani gets things moving in some parts but he acts a little too sinister without much dialogue power. Kunal does a fine job as the seemingly innocent hacker and Lara… well Lara has a golden dress item number.

The music – 1.5/5

Certainly a let-down. The three heads are back from Don but they couldn’t really juice up the musical action for this sequel. The formulas that worked in Don could have been repeated but the tries to twist that ended up with a messy offering.

The songs are not worth remembering and only the familiar Don music will draw your attention.

Will you want to catch this Don?

Well certainly if you are a SRK fan as this will give your fan vitals a boost, which took a rather heavy beating after his last flick.

You can also watch this entertainer if Bollywood masala thriller is your drug on Fridays, but if you go expecting some Don-magic blast from the past then you may find this offering not as endearing as its prequel.

– Arnab Chakraborty

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