Warning: contains Spoilers
With a partial glimpse and close-up shots, we saw an unshaven face with dark shades and long tresses, puffing out cigarette smoke. It didn’t take us much time to realize that Shah Rukh Khan enters in the signature style through the meandering rivers and quite easily surrenders himself (in the usual style, of course) to the police (Om Puri and Priyanka Chopra) who deport him to a jail in Malaysia. There he has a rendezvous of sorts with his old nemesis Vardhaan (Boman Irani) and escapes with him in a planned manner after adulterating the food of the inmates. This bit of the film might sound like the plot of the television series Prison Break, but in actual it is a bit more than that. From this point on, the setting shifts to Europe, where the rest of the action takes place.
The plot is about Don’s plan to loot the currency plates from a bank’s high security vault with the whole movie being based only on that. We do not have any sub-plots, flashbacks, gripping anti-climaxes like the first part. He ropes in a hacker (Kunal Kapoor) to get this task done and all this while Roma (Priyanka Chopra) is after him. There are some twists and turns, double crosses, some exciting car chases, but all of them are either quite predictable or have been seen in the promos already. There is not much substance left of what’s not shown in promos.
Basically the whole movie is about a larger than life Shah Rukh Khan’s character being tried to fit into the story line of a bank heist. And surprisingly enough it works to a great extent. Don is not just the evil guy trying to loot. He has been portrayed as a complete man, like the Desi James Bond, classy, elegant and may be a bit cynical like the Joker at times. There are some amazing dialogues (Kudos to Farhan Akthar) that still linger in your head even after you are out of the theatre. And yes, SRK also does his signature stance during the “Main hoon Don” song.
The cinematography by Jason West is striking and makes up for the average storyline. The car chases through the picturesque country sides of Europe, the opening shot through the meandering river is striking. The last scene grabs the brownie points, which cleverly announces the third part of the series written on the number plate, where Don rides a bike on a long bridge over the water are just breathtaking (even more if you watching in 3D). Adding to that, the background score does a good job to keep the mood.
The stunts and action sequences are actually good. SRK does it quite naturally with very less effort. This in actual is pretty daunting given the fact that he was reported to be suffering from a chronic backache around the time, the shooting of the film started. Priyanka is amazing with the action bit too. Damn yeah, she looks hot when she into hand to hand combat in those tank tops!
The supporting casts of Om Puri, Lara Dutta, Kunal Kapoor do a decent job, although we wished there was more of them. It basically remains a SRK movie. Not to forget, Hrithik’s guest appearance (as Don’s disguise) is a real paisa vasool thing for all Duggu fans out there. Once again, sorry for the spoilers 😛
Overall, it is the perfect serving that is a must watch for SRK fans. Thankfully enough, SRK had This.One for 2011 after the debacle of Ra.One.