Posted: 22 December 2011 at 7:36pm | IP Logged
Taran Adarsh, 23 Dec 2011, 07:35 hrs IST
the Amitabh Bachchan classic DON was a risk in itself. Not only because
it is one of Bachchan's most iconic characters, but also because films
like SHOLAY, DON, AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY, DEEWAR, TRISHUL, MUQADDAR KA
SIKANDER [and many, many more] redefined the cinema of 1970s and 1980s.
Farhan Akhtar accepted the challenge and attempted a successful remake
of DON with SRK.
Paanch saal baad, Farhan and his team of writers decide to carry
the concept frontward with DON 2. I genuinely feel that sequels
shouldn't be attempted if you don't have an enthralling story to
narrate. This time, Farhan chooses an entirely new concept, garnishes it
with classic action, stunning visuals, giving it an international look
and feel… the intention is to make the second part superior and enhanced
than the first. Also, the fascination for thrillers such as M.I.,
BOURNE and BOND series is pretty evident.
While one was abundantly aware of what the first part had to offer
[since it was a remake], one is completely oblivious about what the
sequel has in store. And it is this facet of the film that kindles
colossal interest. You cannot tell what Don's next move would be. As the
reels unfold, you realize that he's cold blooded. You can't mess with
him. He's dangerous to deal with. He has an agenda. Ditto for Roma
[Priyanka Chopra], who shares a tumultuous relationship with Don. It's a
cat and mouse chase.
When viewed in isolation, DON 2 looks like the right package to woo the
movie-going junta -- SRK in top form, a stylishly crafted story,
pulsating and invigorating action and stunts. But it's not without its
share of hiccups. In fact, the first hour and the post-interval portions
of the film are akin to the two sides of the same coin. The first hour
is bland, the second is energetic. The first hour is deficient in
thrills, the second keeps you on the edge. The first hour disentangles
at a languid pace, the second is feverish with several adrenaline rush
DON 2 begins in Thailand and moves to Malaysia. Don [SRK] surrenders
himself to the cops [Om Puri, Priyanka Chopra] and is sent to a
Malaysian prison. There, he meets his old foe Vardhan [Boman Irani]. Don
hatches a conspiracy to escape with Vardhan and they succeed as well.
They reach Zurich, then Berlin. The motive is to rob the currency
plates. It's an unfeasible task, but Don takes the help of a hacker
[Kunal Kapoor] to accomplish his plans.
With DON 2, Farhan Akhtar reasserts himself as one of Hindi cinema's
stylish storytellers. It wouldn't be erroneous to state that DON 2
redefines slick in Bollywood. But the film could've done with a tighter
script. Besides, the writing is urban-centric and those with an appetite
for international thrillers may take to the film instantly, especially
the twists and turns in the second hour. Again, the conclusion to the
story could've been simplified for the average viewer to decipher. Yet,
all said and done, DON 2 mirrors the changing trends in Hindi cinema.
Those with the conventional attitude or tilting towards the conservative
form of cinema may find it difficult to absorb.
DON is also acknowledged for its vibrant and eminent dialogue. One can
conjure up the lines from the original Bachchan starrer and in DON 2,
the lines are in sync with the various guises and situations of the Don.
The dialogue are masterly and the flamboyance with which SRK delivers
the lines is what makes it exceptional. The lines are cooler, hip, zany,
witty and at the same time, easy on the lips. They're sure to become
the new catchphrases in times to come, like the one you recall even
today: 'Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin, na-mumkin hain'.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the trusted and prominent names in Excel's movies,
dishearten this time around. In fact, the music is the sole sore point
of the film. Sure, it has vigor and spice, but the wow factor is amiss.
The film deserved a much, much superior score to match up to the
standards set by Farhan Akhtar. Jason West's cinematography is dazzling.
Filmed in Germany, Switzerland, Malaysia and Thailand, the film is
visually enchanting. The action and stunts are spectacular.
DON 2 marks SRK's return to anti-hero roles after enacting such roles
with flourish so early in his career. Recall BAAZIGAR, DARR and ANJAAM.
He plays a wicked, debonair anti-hero in DON 2. The character he
portrays is iniquitous and sinful, but attractive at the same time and
SRK lives it up with gusto. Besides, SRK has also experimented with
varied looks in the film, from a debonair looking guy to a person with
unkempt hair and stubble. Without doubt, DON 2 is SRK's best action
movie to date.
Priyanka revisits her character of Roma in DON 2. Not only is the
character more evolved, even her performance is of a high order. In
fact, she enacts the role of an angry, tough lady who means business
with a vengeance. Lara Dutta looks glamorous and alluring, but her
character lacks meat.
Kunal Kapoor is decent, though he doesn't really get the scenes to prove
his credentials. An actor of the caliber of Om Puri is wasted this
time. Boman Irani lends the right texture to his character. He excels
yet again. Nawab Shah should hit big league with DON 2. He plays one of
the baddies with conviction. Alyy Khan is natural, enacting his part
with ease. Sahil Shroff has screen presence and stands out in a brief
role. Hrithik Roshan appears in a cameo.
On the whole, DON 2 rides on star power and brand value. The film has a
bland first hour, but the second half takes the film to another level.
There's no denying that a cohesive script would've made a world of a
difference to the film, but the tremendous hype, star power and the
lucrative period [Christmas and New Year celebrations] will make its
investors reap a harvest.