Satire in the Age of Letters and Technology- more than just a pinch of it.
Thriller? Check. Action? Check. Sassy? Check. Witty? Check. Wicked? Hell yes! Don 2 is a classic action/thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seats throughout. Farhan Akhtar yet again showcases his brilliance as a director. The plot has been finely crafted, with every twist and turn falling into place like a complicated but a neat little jigsaw. Don 2 marks not only the comeback of the King but also of his “junglee billli” Priyanka Chopra.
The movie is shot in various locations: Thailand, Malaysia, Zürich, Berlin all of which demand you to move swiftly and follow the adventures of the glamorous gangster. Don 2 is witty,wicked and finely crafted with hard to miss action sequences. The car chase between Shah Rukh Khan’s Don and Priyanka’s Roma is shot with precision and turns out to be the best of the lot. In some respects, it does resemble The Bourne Series and the Mission Impossible franchise but technically, the film is fantastic and Jason West deserves a special mention for his phenomenal cinematography. The dialogues are also top-notch and the 3D effects compliment the film and are impressively done.
All the characters in the film are imaginable and strong. Shah Rukh Khan makes an outstanding villain. His wit and one-liners are deliciously wicked and he makes a dark character extremely appealing by virtue of his convincing portrayal of the same. He compels one to leave the bitter memories of Ra.One behind and experience a roller-coaster ride with Don 2. Priyanka Chopra is good in whatever little she has to do and kicks some serious butt in the climax, but she should have been given more footage given her equation with the lead character. Boman Irani is a class apart and stands tall as Vardhaan, Om Puri is adequate as Malik and Kunal Kapoor is just about okay while Lara Dutta has two dialogues in total.
By now, the cat is already out of the bag, so yes, Hrithik Roshan does indeed have a cameo in the film.His character does not really interrupt the flow of the plot in any way though, so that is a bonus. He is classy and a treat for the eyes – as usual.
A major high of the film is that it is not predictable.The chases,the fights,the break-ins,the demolitions, and escapes give it a very Hollywood touch. The story picks up speed post the interval with some gripping suspense. However,the film lacks the human touch and the sensitivity of human relationships,it also lacks the typical Bollywood masala due to its mediocre music(Shankar Ehsaan Loy), and the scene where Vardhan (Boman Irani),despite being on the hit list of police, gets an easy entry into the bank is not digestible. The sluggish screenplay in first half is also a weak point.
However, what’s interesting is that the film ties in well with the first, making it a proper sequel.It is one of those rare sequels that is better than its predecessor in a lot of respects. Also, towards the end, the movie gives a hint of a future “Don 3”.It’s a slickly edited, edge of the seat, cool, sassy and well made product with a gripping plot to boast of. On the whole, Don 2 is a perfect combination of style with substance. It is definitely a one-time watch for everyone and is a treat for all Shah Rukh fans.
Go catch Don and Roma play Tom and Jerry this Christmas – minus the laughs of course! You will not be disappointed.