Dec 29 2011
With the original Don not having a sequel, director Farhan Akhtar, who directed the remake of the original, goes with an original story for the sequel Don 2, which continues the saga of Don(Shah Rukh Khan). The film is another example of the phrase Style over Substance, propping up its non-existent story with slick cinematography, exotic locales and nice action.
After breaking Vardhan(Boman Irani) out of jail, the titular hero goes after Euro printing plates that are located in a bank vault in Zurich. While he puts together a team with Aisha(Lara Dutta) and computer hacker Sameer(Kunal Kapoor), policewoman Roma(Priyanka Chopra) is still after him.
Don had an entertaining story that included mistaken identities, a vengeful heroine, double crosses, interesting team members and a key item that everyone wanted to lay their hands on. But Don 2 consists of a jailbreak and a heist. That’s it. A number of characters from the original are back and the new ones are stock characters in any heist film. The globe-trotting and competent action try to hold our interest but without a strong story or interesting characters, they fall flat too.
The jailbreak has some interesting moments though things happen too smoothly. The heist puts together all the stock elements like an impenetrable security system, a computer genius who hacks into the system with utmost ease and team members with specific assignments. There are a few twists along the way and the usual fun in seeing how the pieces of the plan fall into place. But it goes on for so long and seems so familiar that there is no tension or suspense during any portion of it.
Don 2 is headlined by a criminal but one wouldn’t know it seeing the film. Unlike Ajith in Mankatha, SRK doesn’t play a really bad guy. He is like any leader in a heist film and his only bad quality seems to be greed as he saves the heroine, assists the police, helps out a good guy and targets and/or kills only those who aren’t particularly good themselves. SRK further dilutes the character, playing him like a model.
We can only hope that Billa 2, which is a prequel rather than a sequel (necessitated by the different ways in which Don and Billa ended), is a better 2nd movie about the famous criminal.
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