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Don 2 (2011)

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Don 2 is a 2011 Indian action film directed by Farhan Akhtar and produced by Excel Entertainment. It is a sequel to the 2006 film, Don: The Chase Begins Again. The film stars Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles while Om Puri,Lara Dutta and Kunal Kapoor play supporting characters. The plot of the film continues from the end of the first film, starting in Malaysia and moving to Europe where Don, now the king of the Asian underworld, aims to take over the European drug cartel. It was filmed in India, Thailand, Germany, Malaysia and Switzerland.

The release of the film was carried out on 23 December 2011 by Reliance Entertainment, in both 2D and 3D formats, which included the dubbed versions in Tamil and Telugu. The film marks Farhan Akhtar’s return to direction after a gap of nearly 5 years. It also marks Khan’s return to playing villainous characters since his earlier films like Darr and Baazigar. Don 2 is the first sequel in Khan’s two-decade long career.

Upon release, while Indian critics gave positive to mixed reviews, overseas film critics praised it. Don 2 has been widely appreciated for its action, direction and cinematography with Shahrukh Khan receiving accolades for his performance, though criticism has been generated regarding its pace and music. The film went on to break multiple box-office records in India and overseas, including highest opening day grosser ever on a non-holiday Friday and the highest grossing Bollywood film overseas in 2011. A week after its theatrical run, Box Office India declared the film a “hit” in India, and in the second week, a “blockbuster” overseas. It is currently the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film worldwide, earning 210 crore (US$46.2 million) from its Hindi version alone. The film fetched several awards at popular award ceremonies including two Filmfare Awards for Best Sound Design and Best Action.

Plot

The bosses of the European drug cartel meet in the French Riviera to discuss a new threat emerging from Asia. Don (Shahrukh Khan) is jeopardizing their business because he is able to sell drugs at a much lower price to their customers. The bosses send word out that Don must die. Don has been living in Thailand for the past five years and goes to a remote settlement to pick up a shipment of cocaine. Instead of a normal transaction, Don has to fight his way out because the more powerful European dealers want him dead. He then inexplicably goes back to Malaysia where he surrenders to Roma (Priyanka Chopra) and Inspector Malik (Om Puri). Don is sentenced to death and sent to a Malaysian prison where he meets his old rival Vardhaan (Boman Irani). Don and Vardhaan escape the prison by poisoning all the inmates and go to Zurich, Switzerland, where Don meets his girlfriend and trusted companion, Ayesha (Lara Dutta).

In Zurich, they retrieve the contents of a locker only Vardhaan could access. The locker holds a tape that shows Diwan (Aly Khan), the vice president of a Euro printing bank called the DZB, sent by Fabian Cole to bribe Singhania to kill a competitor. Don blackmails Diwan into giving him the blueprints to the bank so that he can steal the printing plates. Diwan gives him fake information and hires assassins Jabbar (Nawab Shah) instead. Don manages to escape and forces Jabbar to work for him. Diwan, left with no choice, hands over the real information.
Don and his new team plan a bank robbery and carry out their plan by using hostages. After stealing the printing plates, Don is betrayed by Vardhaan and Jabbar but manages to escape. However, one of the members, Sameer (Kunal Kapoor) calls the police and Don is captured. Don threatens Sameer for informing the police. Unable to enter the bank and free the hostages, the police are forced to work with Don to get back into the bank in exchange for immunity in Germany.

Don and Roma manage to reach Vardhaan and Jabbar but Roma is shot because she refuses to kill Don when told to do so. This gives an idea that Roma still has soft corner for Don, even though he killed her brother five years ago. Don, Vardhaan, and his thugs fight and Don manages to defeat them. He then gets his immunity papers and surrenders the disc (containing the information about his associates) and the plates.He takes Roma to an ambulance. Don and Roma exchange one glance at each other before the ambulance doors close. He later detonates a bomb he planted earlier in Diwan’s car. It is revealed that Don actually still has one of the money plates, which the police believe is destroyed in the explosion that kills Diwan. It is also revealed that Sameer was loyal to Don and giving his information to police was just a part of Don’s plan. The police cannot do anything as Don has immunity and do not know that Don has a plate. Don also gives the police a disc of all his associates but it is really a disc with the names of the European drug cartel. All the members of the cartel are arrested and Don becomes the king of the European underworld.

Cast

Shahrukh Khan as Don
Priyanka Chopra as Roma
Lara Dutta as Ayesha
Kunal Kapoor as Sameer Ali
Boman Irani as Vardhaan
Om Puri as Malik
Aly Khan as J.K. Diwan
Nawab Shah as Jabar
Sahil Shroff as Arjun
Florian Lukas as Jens Berkel
Hrithik Roshan as Don (Special Appearance)

Sound Tracks

“Hai Ye Maya”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonca
Performed by Usha Uthup
Music Label T-Series

“Hai Ye Maya Remix”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonca
Performed by Usha Uthup
Music Label T-Series

“Zara Dil Ko Thaam Lo”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonca
Performed by Vishal Dadlani, Anusha Mani
Music Label T-Series

“Dushman Mera”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonca
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan, Sunitha Sarathy
Music Label T-Series

“Mujhko Pehchan Lo”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonca
Performed by K K
Music Label T-Series

“Mujhko Pehchan Lo – Remix”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonca
Performed by K K
Music Label T-Series

“The ‘Don’ Waltz”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonca
Performed by Caralisa Monteiro
Music Label T-Series

“The King Is Back (Theme)”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonca
Performed by Sunitha Sarathy
Music Label T-Series

“Aa Raha Hoon Palat Ke”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonca
Performed by Shahrukh Khan
Music Label T-Series

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 28 February 2012

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