Movie Review: Don 2

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When Farhan Akhtar remade the 1978 classic Don in 2006, he was clearly under more pressure to get the viewer to accept Shahrukh Khan as Don than he was to tell a fresh story. It was more a remake in the sense that Shahrukh Khan was playing the character that had already been played to perfection almost three decades before. Shahrukh Khan was the only actor who could’ve filled Amitabh Bachchan’s shoes, and even armed with Bachchan’s lines and a whole lot of reference points and Farhan Akhtar’s guidance, he had a hard time convincing cinema buffs that he was the new Don.

In 2011, Farhan Akhtar makes it clear that he isn’t any longer trying to sell SRK as AB. He focuses on storytelling, multiplies the thrills, adds a truckload of witty lines to the thick bunch his father co-wrote for Amitabh Bachchan, and uses Shah Rukh Khan as his primary weapon.

Don surrenders to the police because his enemies are out to kill him; Don escapes from prison with Vardaan (Boman Irani), who was in jail because of him; Don plans and executes a bank heist; Don, in the end, defeats his enemies, and walks away after striking a deal with the cops, and he has what he wants. In short, Don hoodwinks everyone because he’s Don. Anyone can predict that Don will emerge as the one and only winner, but what nobody will expect is Farhan Akhtar to blow your mind. Akthar uses a tight script, a fantastic car-chase sequence, and Lara Dutta, among other things… but these are only to help the story move forward.

Farhan Akhtar blows your mind with Shahrukh Khan, who, in turn, returns to power, acts like none of the other superstars can and probably ever will. His Don does go over the top, and unlike Amitabh Bachchan’s Don, expects and waits for a reaction after delivering his lines, but still, he’s a lot more fun to watch than the others. Aamir Khan will scratch his head for exactly 11 minutes and 57 seconds and will never say anything negative about SRK again. Salman Khan will get drunk and use foul language and his sycophants will say things like “Bhai is upset” and “Bhai is not keeping well” to the press. Abhishek Bachchan, if he hasn’t already, will now realize he is not the heir to his father’s throne. Akshay Kumar will evaporate.

Shah Rukh Khan opens the floodgates of his charm, and the viewer will be eating out of his hands from the first minute of Don 2, wishing it would never end. Shahrukh Khan has the laugh of a movie megastar. The laugh that tells you, when Don is under threat and in great danger or flirting with the hot chick (the ultra-sexy Priyanka Chopra – I love her) who is having the toughest time of her cute life fighting off Don’s advances, that everything is under control. Under Don’s control. Amitabh Bachchan had that laugh, even though I don’t remember him laughing in Don. And SRK has it. They don’t have the same style of laughing, but now there are two styles of laughing Don will be associated with. Maybe it’s because they both just have their own unique styles of laughing? I’m confusing myself here, so excuse me. Shah Rukh, even while hamming occasionally, looks a lot more at ease being Don now, in Don 2.

Priyanka Chopra is the sexiest woman in Bollywood, and she looks even sexier when she acts. There are others in Don 2 too, but you don’t want to know about anyone except SRK and PC, right? Right. But I’ll tell you anyway: Om Puri has become a joke, and Boman Irani gets a better shot at acting than he does in the Munnabhai series.

Don 2 is fucking slick – it’s like watching a Hollywood action-thriller. Farhan Akhtar leaves no loopholes, and makes the story rather believable. If only it hadn’t been stretched all that much to make Don seem like even more of a daredevil (he returns to the bank after executing the heist successfully and vanishing from the scene), Don 2 would have been a compact blockbuster worth watching several times. One more thing I have to credit Don with: he has impeccable taste. We both are extremely fond of wild cats.


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19 Responses to “Movie Review: Don 2”

  1. December 23, 2011 at 15:16

    Aditya Mehta is the Don of all movie reviewers.
    Can’t tell you how good it feels to finally read an honest review, something that isn’t bought or isn’t written just to bitch about SRK.
    I’ve got tickets for this tomorrow, and looking forward to it even more now.


  2. 3 KP
    December 23, 2011 at 16:13

    great review..i was not planning to watch it..but yr review changed my mind..


  3. 5 FetusGrinder
    December 23, 2011 at 23:28

    This line Suffocated me!
    (Akshay Kumar will evaporate!) (Y)


  4. 10 gautamgulati@rocketmail.com
    December 25, 2011 at 16:17


    How much you were paid to write this review ? Sorry to say but your credibility has gone down few
    notches where I am concerned. Whatever you may think and try to justify by abusing me, but
    the regular visitors of your blog will not take you seriously any more.
    Where movie is concerned, It is a lousy movie. Anyone praising this movie is out of his mind.
    Reading other people’s comments – which I believe are all fake — I do not think that SRK will allow you to post my comments.


  5. 14 gautam
    December 26, 2011 at 06:26


    You are so predictable. I expected to be abused and you did not dissapoint me.
    But, still you did not reply to my question. How much did SRK pay you to write
    such review, or it was just a chamchagiri to be in his good books ?
    Dont forget to publish your photograph with him when he invites you for a party.


    • December 26, 2011 at 07:03


      Are you blind or just an idiot? Where have I abused you? When someone says they don’t give a fuck about you, it’s called ‘showing indifference’, not ‘abusing’, but I don’t expect you to understand that.

      How are Salman and Aamir paying you to ask me such wonderful questions?

      Cash, cheque or kind?


  6. 16 gagautamtam
    December 26, 2011 at 08:01


    Call me whatever you want. You have lost one of the regular visitor
    on your website who had always respected your views on various subjects.
    I do not know whetehter you believe in luck, I wish you good luck .


  7. 18 Anonymous
    January 1, 2012 at 09:20

    the review by aditya mehta is from his point of view…..maybe he liked don 2 …..infact the movie was a dampner after the interval….it was slick and fast till the interval….after that i think farhan akhtar went to sleep mode and directed….was boring and i was yawning to glory with predictable ending.overall its an average movie…..srk shud stop hamming.


  8. January 9, 2012 at 10:24

    Saw this on saturday…

    loved it.. priyanka and ms dutta looked sexylicious as usual!!


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