Don 2 : The Chase Continues : Movie Review

[Rating: 2.5] 


Director : Farhan Akhtar

Cast & Crew : Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Boman Irani, Om Puri, Hrithik Roshan, Florian Lukas, Kunal Kapoor

Synopsis: "Don 2: The Chase Continues" is an upcoming Hindi action thriller film directed by Farhan Akhtar. It is the sequel to the 2006 film,  "Don: The Chase Begins Again", which itself is a remake of the 1978 film Don. The film stars Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani and Om Puri, reprising their roles from the previous film, with Lara Dutta and Kunal Kapoor playing new characters. Hrithik Roshan will be seen doing a cameo appearance in the film.

Review: What is a sequel if not the cinematic equivalent of a late comer arriving rather fashionably late at the most buzzing party in town. The timing is perfect but sometimes the impact made is far lesser than intended. In the case of an ardent Shah Rukh fan, a tad disappointing because there is so much enigma and expectation surrounding Don. He in his efforts to leap ahead his enemies does a fine act of blending in both Ethan Hunt & James Bond but this time around in his second innings he seems a little creatively aloof from the goal of empowering Don to spring alive. What charms though is SRK’s mafia vagabond attire and unflinching body language. In "Don 2 : The Chase Continues", Don is too preoccupied with being chased and expertly escaping chases he himself triggers. The pace of the plot in the first half is rather dragged and the second half suddenly is replete with twists that are struggling to fit in to the small time frame they are granted. Had crime fiction author Jeffery Archer chosen to direct it in his hay days he would have added the much needed innovation to Don’s tall claim "Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin, naa mumkin hai."

Second time around Don’s claim sounds mechanical and not too enticing in the film simply because Don seems frivolous in his desire to escape – sometimes surrendering, sometimes conning and fleeing. He lacks consistency in purpose. He seems too surefooted and before you know it, he randomly decides to be loyal to the team of cops wanting to nail him down. Seems too far-fetched for Don to do that, totally kills his long applauded invincibility. Accessibility to Don robs him of his charm. But the hero of the film is its locales spanning from Thailand, Malaysia, Zurich and Berlin. The slick cinematography expertly follows the unsparing exploits of the ruthless gangster.

As for the plot that shows little besides Don plotting big game plans. Here goes. Taking off from the first film, we see Don re-invented in Thailand where he creates a raucous with an opponent gang and coolly surrenders himself to his old victim cum cop Roma played by Priyanka Chopra & her boss Om Puri. Transported to a Malaysian prison he is confronted by old foe Vardhan ( Boman Irani ) who he convinces to partner him and escape along with him from the suavely structured prison. The rest of the film revolves around the duo’s plan to rob the Germans off their currency plates from a huge security vault in Berlin. His befriending Roma is his big fat game plan to banish the bosses of the European underworld and law enforcement agencies. But throughout the film he is caught up with the arduous task of avoiding assassination as well as arrest. And perhaps that’s where the script slackens.  

A must mention is Don’s 300 feet plunge in a bid to dodge his assassin ala Cruise’s Burj Khalifa stint in "Mission impossible : Ghost Protocol". Quite riveting. Priyanka Chopra looks great but is hardly performing; she lacks the spirit of vengeance this time around. The car chasing sequence between her and Don is the only time we see Roma’s aggression surface. But it goes kaput as we strangely see her nursing an attraction towards the gangster at the end. Too insipid and pointless as he was the one responsible for her brother’s death. Om Puri has a miniscule part to play and Boman Irani being the genius he is does great justice to playing a bruised opponent of Don. Lara Dutta as Don’s aid and team member is quite glamorously unproductive. Kunal Kapoor as Don’s close aide is complex, subtle and very impressive. Alyy Khan as a blackmailed diplomat delivers a great performance in his baritone voice and convincing composure. SRK has demeaned Don commendably well but he needs to add more passion to Don’s unbeatable mastermind plans. Wish the story could still leap ahead of its times, as it comes to us from Farhan Akhtar’s stable. Even his “Karthik Calling Karthik” was far more applauding in its manner of breaking clutter with plot. Don in Part 2 is too much in twos, he has great attitude but seems to lack focus. Something Don Part 1 spelt effortlessly. Fabulously shot, a lot like an international crime fiction best seller coming alive onscreen. In its locales it sets a huge benchmark.

Die hard Shah Rukh fans may just swoon over his trademark King Khan wickedness. But if you are truly trying to chase Don around the second time you may find him too available rather than invincible. Humanizing Don would have worked better.Or simply evolving his cunning convictions too would have helped. A budget of over 75 crores called for investing in the right amount of innovation. Chasing Don seemed ‘Mushkil” but this time around hardly ‘na Mumkin’.

Verdict : Don in his second innings seems re-invented, but not innovative enough.

Pashmina Narang

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42 Comments

  1. Neha

    December 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    absolutely fabulous, clever script, slick production, brill acting & outstanding dialogues.totally loved it wasn’t bored at all! Hope it does well! Gripping film!

    • Sandip

      December 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

      Mere Rs. 165 wapas karo…

  2. alamm

    December 24, 2011 at 10:56 am

    his review totally seems as if he’s been paid. and who r u to judge dis supreme actor, nt even heard abt ur name. so fake and hatred against d star is not acceptable dear writer. the movie is better than MI4. srk rules, just wait n watch who wins d best actor award.

    • AZAZ

      December 27, 2011 at 12:12 am

      I TRULY AGREE ALAM,

  3. dileep

    December 25, 2011 at 2:07 am

    must watch.. very good movie..

  4. Sam

    December 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

    This review is a bit misguiding…u hv mentioned all the gd points of the movie but in moronic way. nd stop comparing with MI4 or James Bond. there was no similarity between them. in fact don 2 is much more gripping and unpredictable than MI4. yes srk has grown old but if u say “SRK has demeaned Don commendably” then pls let me know how/who cud hav done justice to the chracter. srk did a gr8 job in the movie

  5. Susmeet

    December 25, 2011 at 10:01 am

    The movie overall is very entertaining. It should have been rated 3 stars min.
    SRK plays the Role brilliantly. It mite also remind u of the ‘Joker’ in some of the scenes.

    There are mistakes in the beginning of the review(cast n crew).

    • rahul

      January 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      u must be Freaking kidding me. SRK Will have to relive his life remake all his movies and act like buddha. Nd this is just to come near Joker. leave aside reminding me of joker. get a life . u wana review a movie . stop looking from the eye of a SRK Fanboy.

  6. Aroon

    December 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Ranbir Kapoor for Rock Star

  7. ebadur rehman

    December 26, 2011 at 2:57 am

    reviewer first of all i wana say 2 u hiiiiiiii & after that please its my humble request 2 u that join soooo soon any hospital to improve ur review about such a class movie don2 in all aspect of watching

  8. Rubaan

    December 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

    DON 2 is just awesome….I have never seen a better action flick in Bollywood ever…IF you have seen any better action flick in Bollywood Mr. Critic please mention…. And I am quite confident that you will fail to do so…SRK and Farhan Akhtar rules….

  9. Geetha

    December 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    nice movie.. Plz do watch it.. Shahrukh rocks !!

  10. SV

    December 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Arjun Rampal and Sameera Reddy were not seen in the movie???

  11. Rajesh

    December 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    It is worth to see DON 2, as the King is back. shah rukh’s acting, style is fabulous. for his fans its must see movie.hope DON 3 will come soon……….

  12. prakash

    December 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    this is a awesome movie. you must go for that. biggest hit of 2011

  13. azhar

    December 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    rockstar vs don2??? i slept watching rock star, whrs the climax, 3 songs bundled 2gether??? Don2 is a classy slick!

  14. Shabnam

    December 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Whattt the hell Mr. Criticizer…. How d hell u gave 2.5/5 to such a class movie… u r either a mindless or brain less foll or u r being paid for writing such misleading review for such a mind blowing movie…. SRK just rocks in his cool attire n fabulous acting… Love u SRK… U just Rockkkk…. F**k d Haters… who cares about dem…. mindless morons… Loved d movie alot… Gonna watch it for d 5th time….

  15. manjunath reddy

    December 28, 2011 at 10:03 am

    DEAR WRITER,
    You can’t put everything in one movie,likewise you can’t expect the director to give priyanka a role as in fashion in don2.She is glamorous that is all the audience expect from her in this movie.This movie is all about the DON “SHAH RUK KHAN”,and he has kicked evryone’s ass,including salman and aamir’s.Way to go srk!!.And if u compare “M.I” action’s to other movies than every movie has a copy of “M.I”.So dont ever compare btw hollywood and bollywood.

  16. Aarya

    December 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    awesome movie must watch

  17. Shah Rukh Khan

    December 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks My Dear Fans…

  18. Akash Roy

    December 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Thumbs up for such a brilliant review. Would have loved Don2 for the action,special effects and cinematography if it wer’nt for the dented script. Guys, requesting you all to leave aside your love for SRK aside and use some logic:

    1) In the prison scene, how come Don,the most wanted gangster is left just like that.Free to roam about.In prisons abroad,they are kept under the strictest surveilance,not even being able to move without police’s permission.
    2)Don is wanted by the Interpol and is even seen on cam at the airport when he arrives with Vardan(which Roma and Malik see).Why the hell no one even pursues them.
    3)Don killed Roma’s bro for heavens sake. How idiotic can you get when Roma starts falling for Don’s charms at the end.Didnt she want to kill Don.duh
    4)More than Don,its Don’s watch which is dangerous.
    5)Sorry to admit but Robbery scene is a mixture of MI and Oceans movies. Only if they had copied a bit more to make the script believable

    • Ami

      January 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Akash I dont understand why all logics are applied on SRK’s movie where do they go when we talk about Salman and Amir’s movie…

  19. Rajesh

    December 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    6 out of 10

  20. Vishwanath

    December 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Overall the Movie is Good, with very good action and stylish presentation. I felt the second half is bit dragging, if the movie is cut short by 10 -15mins in the Second half it would be a good movie.

  21. Azhar

    December 30, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Srk will rock in don3 also

  22. Arindam Chatterjee

    December 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Don 2 totally bored me…and a really disapointing watch after the fresh thrills and edge-of-the-seat moments that MI:4 delivered.. the film has nothing to offer apart from some glamourous shots and cinematography in its globe-trotting screenplay… this film is all about style and not the least about story and characterisation… A really good review..

  23. surya

    December 31, 2011 at 8:53 am

    good movie

  24. surya

    December 31, 2011 at 8:54 am

    this is what i really call a movie

  25. yeswanth

    December 31, 2011 at 11:52 am

    fabulous, fantastic action by king khan.
    frankly i did n’t understand hindi completely but sharukh ‘s action make movie crystal clear………..

    overall again don rocks……

  26. yeswanth

    December 31, 2011 at 11:56 am

    BollyWood Badshaw, king khan , Super hero Sharukh’s movie DON-2 contains the following :
    1.) Full of Entetainment

    2.) Coplete action, emotion ,drama

    3.) Not at all boring

    i think these facors sufficient to say Movie is Block Buster………….

    Conrats my dear Sharukh….

  27. souvik

    January 1, 2012 at 1:32 am

    srk is d only 1 who can beat hollywood.

  28. souvik

    January 1, 2012 at 1:33 am

    srk the real king

  29. Aakash

    January 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Don 2 is an awesome movie,critics have come hard on the movie is bcz they haven’t been paid or rather they r pro-salman and anti-shahrukh .

  30. Utkarsh Jain

    January 3, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Shah Rukh Khan doing justice to his image,keep it up

  31. Faiz Khan

    January 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    best movie of the bollywood, “SO SUNAR KI EK LUHAR KI” Love u SRK,

  32. ifthikaruddinmohammed

    January 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Now one thing is clear we Indian cinema competitive to Hollywood and confident. HATS OF to Sharukh Khan, Bomman Irani Photography and atlast to Director Farhan Akthar. Keep it up Indians 100percent entertainment.

  33. Ashfaq

    January 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    A Must Watch why should I only suffer……

  34. RAVINDRA hande

    January 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    full2 waste of time……….

  35. HITHESH

    January 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    SRK rules…..
    its a brilliant movie… Farhan Akthar rocks again…
    Waitin for DON 3…

  36. Ab Rukh

    January 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Is this the movie to look for ?
    Rockstar was definitely good with a vague end. But Don 2 ? it **cks .

  37. krish

    January 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

    in comparison to the first part, the second one was a bit nice. On an average, the movie was GOOD and the last part was quite unexpected. But it still lacked a force as in other action movies. Definitely SRK has acted better than in Ra.One.

  38. Manas kajarekar

    April 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Very well said AMI..these days SO CALLED LOGIC is only to be implemented for SRK…were as Salman can easliy pullout silly stories like ready & boduguard.

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