Don Ke Character Ko Bhulana Muskhil Hi Nahi… Namumkin Hai! It’s one of those films, where one character overshadows everything else and stays with you long after you exit the cinema hall.
The sequel to the 2006 hit, Don 2 has the exact same star cast with a few additions. Shahrukh Khan returns as Don, Priyanka Chopra plays Roma, Boman Irani is Vardhaan, Om Puri is Malik and Lara Dutta is Ayesha. Additions are Kunal Kapoor, Aly Khan, Sahil Shroff and Nawab Shah.
Expectations: SRK’s last release Ra One, irrespective of it’s box-office collections, was an average film. With Don 2, almost all the trailers were great and with Farhan as the director, our expectations were high.
Don 2 Review
Unlike most biggies, Don 2 has a story to tell, one that has plenty of twist-and-turns. Even though Don 1 released more than 5 years back, the iconic characters are fresh in the minds of the audience. And Farhan has wisely avoided wasting time on character introductions, as Don’s new crime begins as soon as you settle in your seats.
The second half begins a little slow. While we loved the film, the sudden change-of-heart for Don was hard to digest. Why ruin a character that was built to be cold-hearted, someone who is selfish and cared for none? The brief romance between SRK and Priyanka comes across as forced.
The action sequences were good, but nothing that you haven’t already seen before. The camerawork throughout was fantastic and so was the background score. There was no scope for music, just one song in the first half and the other during the credits.
From start to finish, what really stands out are the dialogues by Farhan Akhtar – every single wisecrack by SRK was applauded.
Coming to the performances, it’s Shahrukh Khan’s show all the way. He’s fantastic, his expressions and his voice modulation works big time. While age is fast catching up with the superstar, his stubble-look (first 15 minutes) worked well with the character that he was playing. Wish they had retained it throughout the film. Boman Irani like always is a class act. Priyanka Chopra looks pretty and is good in the action sequences. Kunal Kapoor plays his part well. Om Puri and Lara Dutta have a small role. Sahil Shroff does well in his very first film.
Overall, Don 2 works mainly because of three reasons – SRK’s performance, Farhan’s direction and those fantastic dialogues. At the box-office, the film has opened well and should continue it’s good run for the next 2 weeks. Many have asked us about the repeat-value. For us, Don 2 is a one-time watch in theater and second-time on DVD for sure.