Saturday, 31 December 2011
Don 2 
Hollywood’s love for sequels has caught up with Bollywood for sometime now; consequently, its sequel had been on the cards right from when Farhan Akhtar’s remake of Don became such a popular hit with Hindi cine-goers. Though some amount of continuity has been included in the plot, and the three principal leads from the earlier movie, viz. Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Boman Irani, have reprised their roles, the second part has a different storyline altogether, thus making it a standalone film. If you’ve watched some amount of American blockbusters, you’d have a sense of déjà vu quite regularly while watching it – after all, it is a mash-up of sorts of such enormously popular fares as the Mission Impossible franchise, the Bond movies, and the numerous heist films that Hollywood dishes us with at regular intervals. Add Shahrukh’s incessant swagger, and hyper-stylization (glossy cinematography, kinetic narrative, plethora of cameras for each shot, over-editing, dollops of coolness quotient, a series of dramatic moments, loud music, the characters speaking only movie-talk, etc.), and you have more or less a picture of Don 2. The movie suffers from being over-long; a less elaborate plot and a crisper length would have ensured that interest doesn’t start flagging by the time we’re into its final quarter. It wasn’t a boring ride per se – in fact, parts of it were entertaining; but on the whole it was rather insipid and forgettable.
Director: Farhan Akhtar
Genre: Thriller/Crime Thriller/Heist Film