Movie: Don 2
Directer: Farhan Akhtar
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani,
Lara Dutta, Om Puri, Kunal Kapoor
Don 2 is SRK’s style statement. The way Dhoom 2 was overshadowed by Hrithik Roshan, so is the case with Don2. Those of you who watched Don 1 and liked it will like Don 2, those who did not like Don1 will surely like Don 2.
The movie begins with a narration in SRK’s voice, he gives you a recap of the movie Don 1 and what has happened in Don’s life thereafter thereby setting the stage for Don 2.
The plot goes somewhat like this, the Don having conquered the Asian drug market is now planning to take over the European market, and this has ruffled too many feathers. Various mafia gangs have started combining their efforts in a bid to eliminate Don forever, and the trap is laid.
It’s time for Don to make an entry and he makes the grand entrance in the Bollywood style driving his motorboat through a picturesque lagoon of Thailand. Little did the Don knew that people are vying for his blood, but even if he knew it would have hardly made any difference to him. What follows is an action sequence where the Don slaughters the attackers with such agility that even the Superman would have fumbled, welcome to bollywood here the hero has a larger than life persona and highly developed senses which he uses to his advantage.
Now it’s Roma (Priyanka Chopra) turn to make an entry, she is working with the Interpol and her aim in her life is to put Don behind the bars. And then there is Om Puri her mentor who decides to ‘retire hurt’, he has only one regret that in his career spanning over 33 years if there was one criminal whom he could not put behind the bars was Don. With heavy heart he hands over this responsibility to Roma.
But Don being the magnanimous one comes and surrenders just a few minutes after this conversation as if he knew what was going on in Om Puri’s life. While Roma arrests her no one tries to find out what made Don surrender.
Now begins the actual plot of Don 2, Don surrendered so that he could break out of prison along with Vardan (Boman Irani, his enemy). Vardhan agrees to come along, rest of the movie revolves around how Don plots and executes the plan of stealing currency printing plates from one of the central banks.
Performance wise SRK is at his best, Priyanka gets very little space to show her work, Lara was convincing in the limited space, Boman Irani and Kunal Kapoor did a fine job of supporting cast, it was Om Puri who was wasted, that role could have been done by anyone.
There are few loopholes but again considering it’s a Hindi-masala movie those can be overlooked and coming to the songs the lesser said the better. Treatment of the story is good (there are enough of twists and turns), editing is crisp, dialogues are catchy, beautiful cinematography, and some reasonably good action sequences make it worth watching.
My favourite dialogue: Don tells Kunal Kapoor, “Don’t call me sir, bahut sareef sunai deta hai, call me Don.”