Monie: ‘Don 2: The King is Back'

Director: Farhan Akhtar

Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Kunal Kapoor, Lara Dutta, Om Puri and Boman Irani

Jagran Rating: (Average)

Story line: It's time for SRK fans to go weak in the knees again. The superstar is back. And those of you who went away after RA.One, come back, it's the season to forgive and forget. ‘Don 2: The King is Back’, the sequel starts off almost from where the earlier episode ended. After ditching the cops five years ago this time Don (Shahrukh Khan) gets himself arrested to cops Malik (Om Puri) and Roma (Priyanka Chopra) in Malaysia with a certain motive. His aim is to steal money making plates from a German bank, whose source can only be traced through a safety deposit box in Switzerland, preserved by Singhania (Rajesh Khattar), who was killed in the prequel ‘Don’.

Don gets himself arrested only to get the convicted Vardhan (Boman Irani) out of jail who can take him to the deposit box. As soon as Don and Vardhan get free from jail they start their mission to conquer European underworld with an aim to fetch the plates from the bank.

Thumbs Up: Shahrukh Khan manages to look super cool and super hot at the same time as he easily reclaims his King Khan position with that stylish swagger, that cocky married-to-mischief grin and his trademark arms thrown wide open gesture. Almost making us believe that no one else could have played the bad man's role with more conviction.

What keeps ‘Don 2’ alive is its pulsating action. It helps the pace quicken as the film progresses, including a thrilling chase sequence and a wonderfully choreographed-and-shot pre-climax sequence.

Cinematographer Jason West (Rock On) and stunt director Matthias Barsch has done a commendable job.

Farhan Akhtar, yet again, shows his brilliance as a director.

Music has a lesser role to play in ‘Don 2’ but the title song is catchy.

Thumbs Down: The script, apart from being predictable, also has loopholes galore. The film picks speed after interval with an easy induction of a hacker (Kunal Kapoor) who not only barges into the security systems of the vault but also seems to have blueprints of the bank building to the minutest details.

While Roma walks around in strictly business kind clothes and hairdo (the hair strands behave themselves even when Roma is doing action sequences in the climax), disappointingly her character turns out to be of someone who's waiting for an opportunity to melt in the arms of her Prince Charming.

First half is sluggish. Lara Dutta, as the Don's moll, is simply a substitute for Isha Koppikar from the prequel and is hardly there for a few scenes.

The characters are sketchy. Malik's character unwittingly calls for sympathy. Om Puri is underused. Even the ever-dependable Boman Irani disappoints with his forced expressions.

The film is slick, the cinematography (Jason West) is captivating ...but the racy and edge of the seat pace that you expect from an action thriller of this kind is sorely missing.

Keeping aside the flaws, the Hollywood style crisp action sequences and ultra-classy Don is enough to keep the spectators busy. Go and enjoy an action punched weekend with Don.

(JPN/Mid-day.com)