Film review: Don 2 - making a killing

Published: January 9, 2012
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Don 2 has finally hit cinemas across the globe and is well on its way to blockbuster status.

Don 2 has finally hit cinemas across the globe and is well on its way to blockbuster status.

One of the most anticipated films of the year, Don 2 has finally hit cinemas across the globe and is well on its way to blockbuster status. The high octane action thriller stars Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Om Puri, Kunal Kapoor, Lara Dutta and Boman Irani. The film picks up right after the ending of the first film in Malaysia and moves to Europe where Don, now the indisputable king of the Asian underworld, aims to take over the European drug cartel.

Don 2 was made to be watched on the big screen and watching it in 3D just enhances the experience. Priyanka Chopra pulls of her role with aplomb and seems to be the perfect choice for an action heroine, unlike Aishwariya Rai in The Last Legion. As you watch her effortlessly beat up some thugs in the movie, you come to the realisation that she may be the first proper female action hero in Bollywood. I wouldn’t be surprised if her next venture is as the next Lara Croft or the fourth Charlie’s Angel.

The film is not without its faults — Shahrukh Khan’s critics might find his acting similar to what he did in Josh but he actually manages to infuse a raw viciousness into to the character that was sorely missing in the previous movie. While his action choreography wasn’t as good as Chopra’s, his phenomenal one-liners really remind the viewer that the Don is not someone you want to mess with.

While the film is held back by its confusing plot and its unsatisfying ending, Lara Dutta’s classy dance number alone makes it a must watch. The beautifully edited chase sequences, outstanding cinematography and fight scenes more than make up for the shortcomings of the movie.

While some might attribute the popularity of the movie to the SRK factor and the Don brand name, the reality is that Don 2 is a visual masterpiece and sets a very high benchmark for future Indian action films. It proves that Bollywood has what it takes to go beyond half hearted action flicks like Dhoom  and Prince to name a few. I am sure that after the success of the movie, the character of Don will be elevated to cult status in Indian pop culture, a benchmark that superhero films like Krish failed to achieve.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, January 8th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Salman Nisar
    Jan 9, 2012 - 2:51PM

    Don 2 Rating : 3/5

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  • fahad
    Jan 9, 2012 - 2:58PM

    very well written..

    and yes indeed DON has all the qualities to be a super Hit. Shahrukh and priyanka steels the show . and i loved the Film…

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  • Ali Hasan
    Jan 9, 2012 - 4:18PM

    This is quite accurate. Throughout the movie I was much more impressed by the pro-camerawork and editing than the movie itself.

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  • Adnan Tariq
    Jan 9, 2012 - 10:05PM

    SRK all the way!!!!!

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  • Jan 10, 2012 - 2:42AM

    DON3

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  • A.Khan
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:02PM

    who cares man!

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  • Xara
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Surely the movie is a must watch. Loved the unstated love story of Roma and Don

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  • imran
    Jan 10, 2012 - 9:16PM

    king khan is the most powerful actor right now in bollywood,only srk could have made this transition of bollywood movies crossing that bridge into hollywood.Indeed this is a yardstick to measure,bollywood films on the international scale.King khan has given bollywood a start,to be recognised in the international arena.

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  • Vin
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:17AM

    Bhaiyon One must expect the best out of bollywood if you really want it to compete internationally……and criticize even your own loved actors/directors to improve further…. This movie and SRK’s acting is disgraceful third grade acting….
    Just 3D and actions doesnt make an Indian Bollywood movie into Hollywood one…

    Bollywood has a long way to go..and specially SRK’s pathetic megalomaniac acting can never take it to Hollywood…Just check out sheer elegance of the original Don movie of AB…you will know that we have gobe backwards..

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  • amir
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:35AM

    Way to go Copywood! sorry, i meant Bollywood…please always keep copying Hollywood movies!

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  • Rahi
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:02AM

    Don 2 in nutshell:

    SRK plays a Camp James Bond with bipolar disorder and suffering complete loss of control of facial muscles (perhaps SRK would be better suited playing the Joker in the Batman series much in the same vein as the late Heath Ledger). The cheesy ‘one-liners’ were less witty and more annoying. Don is much better than what was presented. SRK as Don is unbelievable. I think Hrithrik or Rampal would have been a better choice (oh that scene was so predictable). An apology is due to Salim Khan (I’m sure daddy Javaid Akhtar is unconditionally forgiving to director son).

    For the sake of balance: Don 1 was better.

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  • mudassar
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:37PM

    Don 2 is Copy of Mission Impossible 1 with few changes,,,,,strong text

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  • Abbas
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:28PM

    @imran: seriously?? you need to lear more about Indian movies buddy and know that SRK does not stand the best even in his own generation.

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  • Abbas
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:55PM

    @imran:

    Ra -1 flop (Major loss)
    Don-1-average hit
    My name is Khan-flop
    Don-2 a hit (real hero-Farhan Akhtar) but still NOT equal to even Salmans average Bodygaurd or even Dabangg (crossed 100 crores in 2 weeks!!!)
    SRK will need another 15 years to even reach 3 idiots level.
    Go and read more and comment …. blogs allow you to display your ignorance

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  • Prashant
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:00PM

    @Abbas:

    movie: my name is Khan
    Budget INR38 crore (US$7.22 million)
    Box office collection INR192 crore (US$36.48 million)
    and you are calling it flop ?

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  • Abbas
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:53PM

    @Prashant:
    AAmir khans 3 movies Ghazini plus 3 idiots plus Taare Zammen par (an art movie)=total gross
    789 crores IN INDIA ONLY..THATS without 3 idiots finishing the total run… (source India Today Headlines)

    Prove that My name is Khan plus Don 1 plus 2 Plus Ra-One plus Om Shanti Om =more than 500 crores?
    Where did you get the numbers of 192 crore man?
    My Name is Khan is Declared Flop of Indian Trade and IS not in 100 crore plus club. Check or google it yourself. If you keep metioning global collections-3 idiots will cross all SRKs movies in recent times to his embarassment. Only a fool will call SRK a king-he is one of the big stars not the ruler-that is Aamir. No arrogance here …..just facts,.

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  • Jan 12, 2012 - 7:02PM

    Great to hear that DON 2 is doing Great World wide After all the Hard work and Determination King Khan Put on is rewarding …Now eagerly waiting for his new Movie with Yash Ji…Its gonna be awesomeeeeeee ….King Khan The Global icon would be seen in his most Charming way…It would be soo gud to see him after such a long gap with Yash Chopra…

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  • SRK fan
    Jan 13, 2012 - 2:03PM

    All I hope is that the movie Yash Chopra is working on is one of those classico DDLJ? Veer-Zaara type movie!!!

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  • Lokesh
    Jan 20, 2012 - 12:51AM

    …jst search in google and see the number of awards and honors srk has won all over the globe….then all u people wil knw tht, srk is the king of bollywood…. and hav u watched the show in TLC – ‘living with a super star’..?…its abt srk…and i dnt think tht any of this kind of shows hav been made on aamir or salman…..there’s no doubt, tht srk is definitely the king of bollywood…..

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