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'A silly film, but SRK rocks'

Discussion in 'Don Media Reviews' started by Alana, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. Alana

    Alana New Member

    Even if the headline sounds strange....it's a positive review.....at least in my eys!

    'A silly film, but SRK rocks'
    Tasneem Karbani
    October 26, 2006 15:19 IST

    There is a generation of Indian filmgoers who have never seen the original Don, and I happen to be part of that generation. I could've easily watched Amitabh Bachchan's Don before the updated version. But, is it necessary? Why spoil a review with unfair comparisons? Let's be fair, remaking a cult classic is no easy task. Whether you have seen the old one or not, go see the new Don with an open mind and be ready to enjoy an entertaining and thrilling ride with the real Don of the Hindi film industry, Shah Rukh Khan.

    The Don storyline is complicated, and full of twists and turns. The look of the film from the opening frames to the end is extremely stylish, along the lines of a James Bond film. Setting the film in Malaysia is a nice change (it looks breathtaking), and the cinematography captures it perfectly. The stunts and chases are thrilling in parts, but there are some -- For example, Don's ambulance being airlifted with the help of Priyanka's slowly paced stunts -- that seem quite silly. Why doesn't anyone stop her?

    But forget the details; Don's appeal lies in its performances.

    Indeed, the entire film rests on Shah Rukh's amazing performance. You can't imagine any one among the current group of actors who would have enough courage to take on this role. The pressure to please the older generation, the film industry, and of course the new generation of fans is immense. But, the way Shah Rukh takes responsibility over the whole film is commendable. If you hated his over-the-top performance in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, then Don is a treat to watch. In a double-role as Don and Vijay, Shah Rukh does a terrific job of creating distinctions between the two characters. Some may find it hard to accept Shah Rukh as the don of a major drug cartel, but he manages to create a new type of Don.

    Shah Rukh's Don is sarcastic, confident, witty, and scheming. It's a pleasure to see Shah Rukh in the role of a villain after years. He is one of the few actors of his generation who can play a villain that the audience can't help but love. As Don, you are rooting for Shah Rukh to escape every situation. He shines in every frame, and proves to his detractors that he can be more than just a romantic.

    Among the three girls -- Priyanka Chopra, Isha Koppikar, and Kareena Kapoor -- the only one who manages to leave an impact is Kareena. Her screen presence is electrifying throughout, and she does justice to the role of a seductress trying to trap Don. Kareena's version of Yeh Mera Dil stays with you even after the movie is over. Priyanka tries her best to look good, but that's about it. You can't help but wonder: were it not for the genius of makeup, what would she really be left with? She is wooden and artificial. Isha looks beautiful, but you wish she had a larger role. She shines in the scenes she does have, but seems to be the victim of the editing table. Farhan should've toned down on some of the outrageous stunts and invested more in performances, especially Isha's.

    Boman Irani's performance as DCP De Silva is a disappointment compared to his other films. He simply does not fit the part no matter how hard he tries. Om Puri does not get enough scope. Arjun Rampal makes an impact in his small but significant role.

    The songs and dances in Don make the movie-watching experience even more enjoyable. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have a great original score to garner their inspiration, and the picturizations of all the songs are just as good. Shah Rukh is amazing in the Khaike Paan song. He is more energetic than Bachchan ever was, and you feel like getting up and dancing with him. The Don theme tune fits with the style of the movie and is played in the right parts.

    With its performances, cinematography, dances, and contemporary look, the new Don can easily become another cult classic for a new generation. And, you can thank Shah Rukh for that.

    Tasneem Karbani, 19, is majoring in religious studies and history at the University of Alberta, Canada.

    source: rediff.com
  2. Pakiza

    Pakiza New Member

    Boman Irani's performance as DCP De Silva is a disappointment compared to his other films. He simply does not fit the part no matter how hard he tries.

    excuse me?! :mad: :mad: :mad: Boman was toooo goood!!:thumb:

    how dare he call DON a silly movie?! silly yourself dude!:mad:
  3. Evy

    Evy Well-Known Member

    Sorry, but this is only a review from a reader of rediff.com and not a source/reporter of any newspaper.

    I´m sure we shouldn´t post other readers reviews here in the planet. ;)

    Please read all articles careful in the next time, because many online newspapers/sources are starting with asking their readers about their personal reviews.:)
  4. Alana

    Alana New Member

    Ok.....I know that this is not from a reporter....but it's never the less interessting..... maybe you can move it to somewhere else!
  5. Poonam

    Poonam New Member

    Sometimes, readers seem to write better reviews than critics. And this is one.

    She's absolutely right about Priyanka and Ishaa's roles. I'm not completely in agreement with her about Boman, though. He's a very competent actor in any role he does.

    I don't think she's demeaning the film by terming it 'silly'. What she's saying is that it lacks in intellectual content, it's purely for entertainment. In that sense, she's not wrong. There's no earthly reason why every film has to have a message. Don's a fun ride, but make no mistake, behind all those capers, there was a helluva lot of hard work and thought. It's a very well-crafted film, much more than the original - pity the Indian critics didn't notice. But the viewers are!!
  6. Lia

    Lia Well-Known Member

    I don't think DON is a silly movie. DON is a great movie. the actions, musics, dances, special effect, all is good. and also the stars's performance, they have done all the best. But I agree that comment about Shahrukh. This movie is all about Shahrukh. Shahrukh is perfect as DON. :thumb:

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