What do you get when you add “King of Bollywood” Shahrukh Khan, witty writing, stylized action and a power-packed two and a half hours of entertainment? Farhan Akhtar’s “Don 2″.
For every ten Bollywood movies that make you want to roll your eyes in despair, you can rest easy knowing that the latest installment in the Don franchise will remind you of why you love Hindi cinema.
The sequel kicks off five years from where the previous film ended, with Don successfully deceiving the police, the mob, and audiences around the world. This time, the villainous hero sets his sights on the European cartel and billionaire status by way of European currency plate theft. Taking us across Thailand, Switzerland, and Germany, and with Don’s “jungli billi” Roma (Priyanka Chopra) hot on his trail, what ensues is essentially one sexy game of cat and mouse. This Don is bigger and better, not to mention sleeker and fiercer. Not only have the characters upped the ante, but so have the filmmaker and his actors.
The most alluring factor is the action–the sequences are riveting and choreographed to the highest caliber. These are stunts and chase sequences that could rival some of the best of Hollywood–a rare feat for an Indian film. The highly anticipated car chase and stunt where we see Don fall from a high-rise building live up to the hype. Though there can be similarities drawn to the Mission Impossible and James Bond series, “Don 2″ manages to keep its uniqueness and integrity in tact by keeping its own spin on things. The last half hour boasts of some of the better Indian cinema in recent times. The action is gripping, engaging and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s evident that both Khan and Chopra have gone through vigorous action training.
Kudos to writers Farhan Akhtar, Ameet Mehta and Amrish Shah for taking “Don 2″ to such new and unchartered territory. There are some jaw-dropping twists but, most importantly, Don’s trademark one-liners meet every expectation. The dialogue is witty and sarcastic but always charming. Akhtar’s direction and execution leave you wondering why this man doesn’t make films more often, but judging by what’s on display, he is clearly a man of quality versus quantity.