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  1. mumbiene

    mumbiene Well-Known Member

    Review: Don 2 has no edge-of-the-seat moments

    Last updated on: December 23, 2011 09:24 IST
    For an action film with the central plot setting us up for a robbery inside a major bank, Don 2's pacing is very slow, writes Aseem Chhabra.

    In his new film Don 2 director Farhan Akhtar [ Images ] takes his time introducing us to his lead, played by Shahrukh Khan [ Images ]. We get a whiff of Khan, a slight sense of his presence, with close shots and shaky hand held camera. There we see his arm, part of his unshaven face, his dark glasses. As he travels up a meandering river in Thailand, we notice Khan's rather odd looking long hair (a wig, of course), with dreadlocks. And there is cigarette smoke rolling around his face in slow motion. It is all very sexy and so cool!

    Through most of the film Khan is very cool. He often has a twinkle in his eye, a slight mischievous smile, as he speaks dialogues like "Touché" and "Kya karen sweetheart, we are everywhere" (in response to Lara Dutta's [ Images ] startled look on hearing that an Indian is a vice president of a major German bank). Then there are the Don-isms (Don Says) where he speaks in third person spouting statements like "Don ko pakadna mushqil hee nahih, namumkin hai," and "Don apne doston ka haal puche na puche, apne dushmon ki khabar hamesha rakhta hai."

    He walks with a swagger, whether in a Malaysian prison wearing an orange jump suit, or on the dance floor with Dutta. There is a rhythm in his body, as he sways his shoulders and his arms walking up in the Zara Dil Ko Thaam Lo song sequence.

    And then how can one forget when Khan strikes the ultimate pose -- the camera captures him at an angle, as he slightly tilts his back, with his arms open sideways. It is King Khan's [ Images ] signature attempt to remind us that he is the master of the universe. At least his fans believe that.

    A lot of Akhtar's new film is full of such cool elements with sequences set in sumptuous foreign locations -- the French Riviera, the jungles of Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, Zurich and finally Berlin. Don 2 is beautifully shot, well lit and has a very clean look, whether on the streets of Berlin or inside the studio, thanks to Akhtar's terrific cinematographer Jason West.

    But then, as with many good intentioned, and technically well crafted Bollywood films, Don 2, fails in the key test. Akhtar is definitely one of the smartest filmmakers in Bollywood, but this time he presents us a story, plot and script that is dull, almost boring. When we are not seeing Khan's swagger, or hearing the hip upbeat background score by Shankar Ehsaan Loy [ Images ], Don 2 starts to lose steam.

    Part of the problem is that despite its action segments, Don 2 is also a Bollywood film and so romance has to be a part of the plot. Towards the end of the film while bullets are flying everywhere, there is an unexpected, almost forced and laughable romantic moment between Khan and his co-star Priyanka Chopra [ Images ]. Everything pauses for the stars to look into each other eyes.

    For an action film with the central plot setting us up for a robbery inside a major bank, the film's pacing is very slow. Coupled with that, the script explains everything to us step-by-step. And if anyone was paying attention, following the convoluted plot where Don always manages to sweet charm the morons at Interpol, in the last five minutes Akhtar sums up the film with a quick recap, revealing many more details that were never shown to us before. It is an old fashioned gimmick to make the audience say "Wow, we were fooled!"

    For a suspense thriller, Don 2 has no edge-of-the-seat moments, despite a decent car chase sequence and a scene when Don jumps off a tall building in Berlin. One big problem is the timing of Don 2's release. Akhtar and his producing partner Ritesh Sidhwani (Khan and his wife Gauri are also listed as producers of the film) chose to release the film during Christmas weekend. It is too bad that just a week before that, Tom Cruise [ Images ] released his mega-budget action film of the season Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (MI4). It is may be wrong to compare the two films, but watching MI4, I had to remind myself to breathe. As I sat through Don 2 -- a wannabe MI4, I was breathing too heavily, frustrated at the slow moving film.

    Khan's charming presence aside, Don 2 is packed with uninspired performances by a large supporting cast. First in the line-up is Chopra as Roma, an Interpol officer located in Kuala Lumpur. She is attractive looking, with her big pouting lips, but most of the time Chopra acts like a school girl putting her hands on her forehead in exasperation saying "Damn it," or a character out of an Enid Blyton book, collecting clues to solve the Mystery of the Missing Don!

    Om Puri [ Images ], who once was one of the finest actors in India [ Images ], is such a caricature here. He looks tired as Vishal Malik, Chopra's boss at Interpol. Despite his very Leslie Nielsen appearance, he sounds positively silly, saying dialogues with his heavy throaty voice -- "It's over Don," or simply "It's Don" (as he answers a cell phone.)

    Boman Irani [ Images ] tries hard to look menacing, and he does partially succeed. Kunal Kapoor [ Images ] appears in the second half of the film as a computer hacker, but he is so sweet and good natured, and has a lovely pregnant German girlfriend. We know that nothing bad will happen to Kapoor's Sameer. Don may be a negative character, but Khan is a Bollywood star. He has to have a heart of gold and he cannot do bad things to good people.

    Rediff Rating: [​IMG]
    Yeh Dil says thanks.
  2. bluey[Ru]

    bluey[Ru] Guest

    i smell jealousy :pound: boho, this Khan rocks!
  3. Pompula

    Pompula Shahrukh Fan-Girl

    IMO in this 2nd part, there is no traditional style romance between Don and Roma, unlike in the first part, where Don had to pretend and Roma actually believed Don to be Vijay.. The love/hate relationship here was something else. I think it added intrigue and sizzle in to the film. But it's most definately NOT your typical bollywood romance!
  4. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    In response to this
    "Towards the end of the film while bullets are flying everywhere, there is an unexpected, almost forced and laughable romantic moment between Khan and his co-star Priyanka Chopra [ Images ]. Everything pauses for the stars to look into each other eyes."
    I am not convinced it was a romantic moment on Don's part. Although there is plenty of sizzle I don't think he is capable of romance. I think him putting the gun to his own head to save her being shot was just a bluff. He knew she wouldn't shoot him anyway.

    What do others think? I may be wrong, but I really hope if there is a Don3 that it doesn't turn into a romance between them. It just wouldn't fit his ruthless and conniving character.
  5. shublee

    shublee ~ShahRukhaholic

    i have the same feeling Chris from the first time i watched it on wednesday. and viewed it with that same mindset every other time.
    i think he said all those things to woo her a little. which was useful to him and kinda worked becos then she couldnt shoot him in that scene when she was told to.
    at the end he said she's just a bad habbit he cant quit. maybe he likes to use her for his own gain cos he can & it works each time :lol:

    i also hope theres no more of this Roma chases Don thing in Don3. i dont know why but i feel it limits the story :noidea:
    me and my sisters feel there should be more of a role for Don's GF...whoever it is in Don3 :p
    i think Lara was more convincing in her role in Don2. wow, for once i could say that :eek:

    theres SPOILERS in my comment.
  6. Pompula

    Pompula Shahrukh Fan-Girl

    I agree that Don doesn't feel anything "romantic" towards Roma. He's probably physically attracted to her (after all, she is a very attractive woman), but he's definately playing with her. He gets such obvious pleasure from the fact that she has these mixed feelings about him.
  7. MaryAnnK

    MaryAnnK Well-Known Member

    Yep! Khan-man!!! He was using her just as much as he used everyone else. A conman takes what he needs from everyone and makes them useful only to himself. What movie was this reviewer watching? He knows his charming abilities! Makes me wonder what will happen to Sameer, if there were to be a Don 3. That is what endears us to Don as well !! Think about it, friends. We have been Khaned as well! :)

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