Don 2

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV/online (?)

quick review:

Smart lines and slick camerawork turns into tiring witticism and regular big-budget technicalities because it is over-written and over-stylized. The few extra seconds taken to establish a scene with elegance give the crux of the scene away. This keeps this action-thriller from being crisp. Multiple, smart twists are pointless if you are going to chicken out in the climax.

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Director: Farhan Akhtar
Running time: 140 minutes
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The last scene of Don had made Don 2 a must watch for me. The first shot of the teaser promised that there's no way it will disappoint as far as style is concerned. There is this slight worry about it getting over-stylized, given that it is an out-and-out Shah Rukh Khan the worry only gets stronger.

But, it is easy to keep it in the very back side of my head, because of the involvement of one Mr. Farhan Akhtar. Faith in his writing and directorial capabilities will take me a long way. Whatever doubts I had about his writing capabilities, were put to rest in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. So strong is my belief in Farhan Akhtar writing and intelligence that I feel they can easily undo any damage done by Shah Rukh Khan's over-acting. Not to mention, if there was a way to put SRK's stuttering laughter to good use, there couldn't be a character better than sinister Don to do it.

The theatrical promo gives enough glimpses of what a promising thriller it is likely to be. The double-crossing, double-double-crossing, use of known faces and characters from the first film - are all adding to the curiosity without giving away too much.

Technically, sure there will be lifts from all over the place, like the lift and fire sequences look like they are straight out of Die Hard or the umpteen action flicks after that. But, they look cool nevertheless.

As a part of the audience then, the only job to be done till December 23rd, is to remind yourself of the pitfalls of high expectations. Fortunately, the music of the film puts the expectations in its place. It is only good for the film because it brings the anticipation down a notch. See how positive I am. This, notwithstanding that miniature SRK dancing on a gun reminded me of this dance by Asha Parekh on an ashtray.

Damn! fingers crossed

Music Reviews:
Milliblog - "NW1W" which means "not worth one word" which I read as, "ouch!"
Music Aloud - "5.5/10"
Bollyspice - "2.5/5"
Apun Ka Choice - "2.5/5"
Happy Sing - " Don 2 is almost all that was expected, with nothing new, but the old things have been packaged well and look nice, and not just from the outside"
dunkdaft - "Big disappointment"

- meeta, a part of the audience

What are you going to do with a villain who always has a Plan B unless he's busy making you believe his Plan A failed? Hate his guts? For sure, yes. Especially since he is cocky and every line he utters is a wise-crack. As an afterthought, you also admire the writer's capacity to throw in twist-after-twist while making sure you know motivations behind characters' behaviors. But maybe he over-estimated our capacity to be interested in the turns. After a while, it gets tiring. The HUGE slip-up in the second-half and the blurring motivations make Don 2 an average Hindi film.

When the choice is between a scorned woman's wrath turning into gullibility and Don having a change of heart - you know the writer has copped out. No explanations are good enough if you are switching character traits that you took two films to set-up, within a heartbeat. In fact, I wanted to laugh out loud at the proceedings, but my brain hadn't finished being bewildered at what I had just seen on screen. Et tu, Farhan Akhtar? I suddenly had a flashback from Dil Chahta Hai's "proposal at wedding" scene. Gosh, what a turn-off that was!

Anyway, there are a lot of things going for Don 2. Shah Rukh Khan is certainly one of them. He makes you forget, you are watching Shah Rukh Khan. Either that, or this is the best use for his typical stutter laugh. Maybe that spluttering chuckle should be reserved for villainous roles and avoided while being comic or romantic. Not just that, his voice modulation works. His look - especially in the first half an hour or so of the film goes completely with his character.

And of course, his character is such that, almost all the actors have only one of two things to do, when around him - act as if they are on their toes and don't trust him, or visibly show they despise him. Everyone from Priyanka Chopra to Boman Irani to Nawab Shah do a decent job of that. There is a slight variation in the form of Om Puri who is a dispassionate CBI officer and Don is just another criminal for him and Kunal Kapoor who is fresh and self-assured.

It's a shame then that, you can write a few decent characters; you have the intelligence and flair for intertwining plots to make them work as a thriller; yet you end up making a film that nosedives into mundane in the last 20-30 minutes. There is also the matter of too much time taken for stylizing everything. In his attempt to add oomph to many scenes director, Farhan Akhtar, over-estimates the time the audience will take to let the twirl in plot to register. In turn, he gives the audience time to figure out what's going on and ends up making the scene predictable. And this happens scene after scene.

Fortunately, these scenes are shot well. The film is also a collage of beautiful shots from around the world. Some may even accuse it of being a travel company's brochure that wants you to visit each of those countries. But, it is also an evidence of Don's reach and the expanse of his power.

The action sequences are choreographed and shot well too. But you can't help but feel there is so much more Farhan Akhtar can do. It almost seems like he is testing waters one step at a time, "Hollywood does this, let me try. If this clicks, then next time, I'll experiment with what I really want to do." Maybe, it's just my wishes taking over. Meanwhile, you are left with spectacular camera and stunt work, but nothing that you haven't seen in action films so far.

The only thing left to look forward to then, is the smart aleck remarks Don is going to make to leave the people around him retortless. That too begins missing the mark - makes it too filmy without being memorable enough. Especially, since you have seen many of them in the promos. It's almost like dialogue writer Farhan Akhtar is trying to live up to his father's name. Alas, he overdoes it and in the process repeats his father's lines way too often.

We know you love the lines your dad wrote, Mr. Akhtar Jr. We love them too. But now, you have begun to kill them for us. For now though, I'm going to grudgingly appreciate the loathsome lead character you've tried to create. If only you hadn't let the devil take human form.

- meeta, a part of the audience

43 reviewers(?) - 13 yays 19 so-so 11 nays

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Thumbs up, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Thankfully, though the film is primarily a platform for Shah Rukh, Farhan treats his female star with respect. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...slick and stylish... full review

Thumbs up, by Jay Mamtora, Bolly Spice : ...Farhan Akhtar, who returns to direction after nearly five years displays a solid grasp of the subject at hand never once digressing from the unfolding plot with unnecessary toilet humour or unwanted songs... full review

Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...Farhan Akhtar reasserts himself as one of Hindi cinema's stylish storytellers.... full review

Thumbs up, by kshitij, Desi Martini : ...Watch it !!!!!... full review

Thumbs up, by Irfan Joomun, Gomolo.in : ...SRK is so charismatic and stylish that he engulfs all the other characters in the movie as well as their footage. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...Definitely watch it for Shah Rukh Khan’s performance and the stylised narration.... full review

Thumbs up, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...The smart moves by the characters is tediously explained again and again to show how the move was engineered, thereby diluting the whole effect... full review

Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...Superbly Slick, Impressive Action... full review

Thumbs up, by Gaurav Malani, Mumbai Mirror : ...The writing by Ameet Mehta, Amrish Shah and Farhan Akhtar is more style over substance attempting to camouflage cliches with the cool quotient.... full review

Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...It wouldn’t be misplaced to say that the ‘Don 2’ stunts are probably the first for a Bollywood flick – a leap from such a high-rise building!... full review

Thumbs up, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...The actor interprets him as an arrogant, agile, wicked and wild dare-devil who has the most bizarre schemes up his sleeves. But that's not all. He also has the chutzpah to carry them through.... full review

Thumbs up, ZEENEWS.COM : ... Watch the film for some awesome action sequences. And watch it for the King. He is truly back. ... full review

So-So, by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review : ...There were some obvious plot loopholes, but with the punchy narrative, you're hardly going to realize them until the end credits roll, especially to those that had a high level of convenience weaved into them.... full review

So-So, by Devang Ghia, DearCinema : ...The sequel however fails to live up to the standards of the original. ... full review

So-So, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...So smooth at times that it slides off you like an egg off a Teflon pan leaving you marveling at the super high production values but wondering what the fuss is all about.... full review

So-So, by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini : ...Don Bourne Hunt is what it tries to become instead of staying just Don.... full review

So-So, by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini : ...SRK Shines bright, wish the script did half as much... full review

So-So, by Manu Agarwal, Desi Martini : ...Sleek, stylish and sexy - but the story doesn't match up to it.... full review

So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Had this been any other film we would've ignored the shortcomings and applauded the end. But since this is a film by the director who made Dil Chahta Hai and Lakshya not to mention the actor in Luck By Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, we can't forgive the slacking.... full review

So-So, by Samrat Sharma, fullhyd.com : ...To say that the characters are wafer-thin is to halve the thickness of wafers.... full review

So-So, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...In the age of the Mission Impossibles and the Bourne Identities, it’s tough to make a thriller set mostly in a West European city sit up and grab your attention. ... full review

So-So, by Piyali Dasgupta, NDTV : ...Explosive yes, there's immense amount of shattered glass in practically every action scene. But SRK fails to deliver the action, looking unbelievable.... full review

So-So, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ...Precocious and audacious, with his tongue wedged stubbornly in his cheek, Don is back in edgy laconic look back in rancour. ... full review

So-So, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...With a self-obsessed and boastful lead character, hackneyed plot on a heist and faulty execution Don 2 fails to please the Don fans!... full review

So-So, by Irene Nexica, Planet Bollywood : ...The plot unravels into melodramatic pulp and Don’s proclaimed desire to rule the European drug market disappears right after he said it at the film’s start. ... full review

So-So, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...plastic and explosive... full review

So-So, by Aseem Chhabra, Rediff : ...no edge-of-the-seat moments... full review

So-So, by Shilpa Jhamkhandikar, Reuters : ...Akhtar channels his inner Steven Soderbergh and a lot of the plot sounds similar to “Ocean’s Eleven”. However, what’s missing from this action film is some pace.... full review

So-So, by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster : ...Even then, the look of the film (clothes, cinematography, and sets) is classy and looks very International! Kudos to Farhan Akhtar for that!... full review

So-So, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...There are some glaring errors in the script so much so that you feel the filmmaker badly undermined the audience’s intelligence.... full review

So-So, by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall : ...Priyanka Chopra is handicapped with an extremely sketchy role she can do nothing about. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...The depressingly underwhelming (and numbingly long) Don 2 is less about Farhan Akhtar’s commitment to plot and character than hairstyling and haberdashery.... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Its better we start making films around entertaining SCRIPTS and not STARS. (Review By Bobby Sing) Its better we start making films around entertaining SCRIPTS and not STARS.... full review

Thumbs down, by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town : ...Apparantly, the director has put originality and imagination in backseat while making the film. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...Farhan perhaps gets to fulfill his childhood dream of creating his own thriller franchise (shoddy as it may be). SRK gets to wear his megalomania on his sleeve. Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta get to travel the world for free without any pressure to act. Boman Irani gets to ham endlessly. Kunal Kapoor finally gets another role. And Om Puri gets reduced to unintentional comic relief.... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : ...They so badly want it to be a hit, it won’t hurt to buy a ticket. Provided they promise no more crime-glorifying, films putting a Don on a pedestal. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Shah Rukh Khan tries too hard. There is no aura of a Don around him. Nothing sinister even though he tries bloody hard. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Kaveree Bamzai, india today : .... What it does come across as finally is a Mission Impossible meets Abbas Mustan. I have nothing against either except that it is instantaneously forgettable... full review

Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...boring SRK mega-mode... full review

Thumbs down, Mixed Bag : ...All gloss. No soul.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Flat punch lines are seen throughout the film.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...SRK loves the punchlines. They glorify him. Wait till Sallu hears them. ... full review

224 tweeters(?) - 164 yays 10 so-so 50 nays

_ZooZoo_: Don 2 was pretty good! oh how i love SRK <3 <3

_tashiie: Don 2 was so fkn good!!!!! I loveeeeeeee @iamsrk and @priyankachopra AND that appearance by @iHrithik <3

_Reviews: The Don 2 review - 4.5 out of 5. #don2 http://reviews.madpath.com/DON%202%20movie%20review

_BigdaShehzada: Those people who did not like don 2. STFU. The movie is awesome.

_anamus: i loved Don 2... it was all about SRK... From scene 1 until the movie ended... so much of him...

zzas8: Have watched Don 2 thrice for 3 consecutive days here in the UK. And it's worth it for every penny and more! @iamsrk

zmilap: 'Don 2' brilliantly rounds up the most successful year I've seen in my career for the Industry! Here's hoping 2012 is a sequel to 2011! :)

Yash_G_Money: Don 2 was a million times way better then the Don in 2006 better story line better action @priyankachopra @iamsrk @DuttaLara "MIND BLOWING"

wasabi12: Watched Don 2 last night.. I actually thought it was better than MI:4! Good sfx. Lots of twists. Great editing,... http://fb.me/ZUH1nzci

VishalGaba: Admittedly, didn't like Ra.One coz it 'tried' 2 package it all lyk Salman movies & liked Don 2 coz it didn't deviate from it's plot at all!

vipulmaheriya: Watched Don 2....yesterday nights its a super action...

VINESHVIGINES: DON 2 AWESOME..

V22Lakers: Don 2 - SRK's first sequel and a fantastic sequel to an already great first film. Overall, extremely entertaining from start to finish.

thepakistanian: Don is Deadly!!! DON-2 is DAZZLINGLY AWESOME & SPECTACULAR!! http://twitter.com/thepakistanian/status/150421800373858304/photo/1

TeamPriyanka: Don 2 is a smart, sexy and slick flick - @filmicafe Review - http://bit.ly/rQQ318

tausif004: [email protected] awesome movie.. Don 2 gr8 nd ur work is lajawab......

tapanahm: Don 2, liked it.

tanqeed: #Don2 albeit slow-paced at times is a very good thriller and one of the best movies this year http://tanqeed.com/forum/2011/12/25/don-2-review-tanqeed-com/

tanmay2112: AFTER DON 2 SRK WILL BE THE SHEHANSHAH OF WORLD..... AWESOME LOOKSS...... AND DIALOGUE DELIVERY...... http://fb.me/W36XTic0

tajindersingh59: watched don 2 last night.amazing [email protected] rocked, action sequences were awesome

TafseerAli: DON 2 rock

suunymaxi: DON 2 REVIEW- SUPER GOOD MOVIE:--- Paisa Vasool......................Srk Rocks... http://fb.me/1jpZ1GGIn

sUshantRulZ: Already saw twice ... Will watch again in next week #Don 2

sunniakaur15: DON 2 WAS GREAT #srkwillyoumarryme?

sunilraaz3: hiiiiii friends....last night i saw don 2...wow..its a great movie directed by farhan akthar..movies story and suspense is not thinkable ..

ssunita: #Don 2 definitely watchable once

srk_tomar: DON 2 is a viewers delight actors make muvi fr d people not fr d critics..people r loving it mission accomplished #DON2 is a winner #srkrulz

srkasot: don 2 awesome!!!!

sourabhrathi: Don 2 - 4/5. Just awesome!

soumenhalder: have anyone watched hindi movie DON-2. It is a nice movie specially as a hindi movie. Nice style by SRK. Another good one by SRK.

shahabkalim: If Don 2 was called Mission Impossible,alot of people wouldve called it an extraordinary awesome film. #dontlickhollywood #don2 #KingKhan

saurabhtodi18: Don 2 is awesome and @iamsrk is just WICKED :) :)

Sargam27: My god, Sharukh Khan looks classic in Don 2. Good movie.

santosh_kk: DON 2 is awesome! DON 2 is engrossing! DON 2 is A HIT!!! YAY! YAY! YAY! (does a little jig) Eat your words SRK haters!!!

Sandeep_in_love: Watched don 2.awesome movie piggy i love u.u were just looking gorgeous marvellous and just incredible

SamratGunner: Ghost Protocol and Don 2 ...both rocked.....hats off to Tom and SRk....

sameer087: Don 2 just rocked and ya sharukh khan perfomance was very good !!!!! it was a badie badie kind of role bingo!!! :)

samarowais: So I watched MI:4 and Don 2 yesterday and I'm shocked to say that for me, Don 2 was the better film.

sahil055: DON 2 ..!awesome movie... perfect movie at the end of year .... Farhan rocks & the KING IS BACK .......

RizwanaShahrukh: After i finish my chores for the day... I plan on bashing each n every rotten critic personally! F****** jealous brainless as*****s! DON 2

rehaank: Don 2 - "Take your family to this one. Heck, go by yourself, if you have to. Because ultimately, it’s a must-watch"

RC_freezeu: #Don _2 awesome.....................................

raulprem: Don 2: Ignore what critics are saying.just go watch #don2..and enjoy ur christmas.comparisons are with #MI4 and thats not an apple to apple.

RanbirAddict: I loved Don 2 so now I'll watch Don!!

ranbijay7: Don 2 was awesome ...after the fall of Random Access Version 1.0 srk back with a bang. ...

Ranachamp: Don 2 superbbb movie of Z011 srk u rockedddd.....

ramkarthikrock: rajapattai was pathetic.but #don 2 was awesome [email protected] was supercool, he was the show stopper

rahul1_sharma: Don 2 amazing stuff by SRK and Farhan..

ProudWatson: Don 2 was so epic! LOVED IT TO PIECES!!! :D

PreetPreet1on1: just watched Don 2, i have to say it was really good, i liked it, its worth the watch.

PrayashKoirala: don 2 is sure a super duper fadooo hitt

prabhat152011: don 2 is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nmaragh89: just seen don 2 good movie everyone must c it !

nitish_rs: Don 2 amazing :-)

nishad_k: don 2 in 3-D very good movie..SRK's best action movie till date..must watch!!!

neerajdx: DON 2 THE brilliant cinema so far #SRK

nameetshetty: Don 2 .. decent action ... bit draggy ... hot priyanka ... less stylish ... clever plot .. lotsa surprises ... a good watch

NadeemShaikh099: Awesome Action Movie Don 2 Rocks!!! @iamsrk

NabeelNalakath: Dont miss DON 2 d last nd D most ossom movI of 2011, Agar tum SRK fan nahi ho to es muvi dekne ke baad ap zaroor banoonga !

M_Jackson_Fans_: Shah Rukh's 'Don 2' is a cool thriller: King Khan, or Shah Rukh as some of us prefer to call him, is seen at the... http://bit.ly/rPrih3

m_edi: My review for 'Don 2' on Rotten Tomatoes: 4 stars-Excellent storyline, script, narration, dialogue & acting.... http://tmto.es/rUjbQi

MurtuSRK: DON 2 dekhne jane walo ke hamesha yaad rakhna chahiye ki DON2 ka har ek scene khaas hai! @TheSRKFCArchive

mohsinnapster: Watched don 2 awsm movie . . . Welldone SRK . . . God bless u . . . And inshaallah u will get more succes in ur life . . . .

mmpatel78: Hi PC how r u ... I saw DON 2 it's awesome n u look so gorgeous honestly....

mitul13: last night watched Don 2.amazing movie.enjoyed @iamsrk performance.twist was good.

mindhackerRehan: DON 2......................awesome movie.. SRK rocks...

mdjaveedkhan2: Come on! all SRK fans don 2 is a fabulous movie so join near the thetreas&make Don 2 the blockbuster of all time.

matihazaman: I definitely need to watch Don 2 again!!

Masood_Bari: Today i watched Don 2 Its owsum movie .................Love the acting of SRK.he is real star my fav.and doing lara dutta also gud acting.

mariamqureshi: Don 2 was AMAZING! Kudos Farhan Akthar. It was sexy, action packed n just wild. @iamsrk was hot hot! He was fabulous once again !

maqniyazi: Don 2 rockkzzz

ManjuDas1: yesterday really enjoyed...in the poushmela nd as well as in the DON 2..

ManimalRakesh: Don 2 is the sleekest Bollywood movie....loved it....

manavgohil: Don 2... Good fun. Better than before. Smart edits. Visual treat. Go watch it!!

MaleehaAkhtar: Just saw don 2. Was soo good! @iamsrk

mahavirus: Don 2 - Review. Slickly shot action scenes, cinematography, good dialogues. Entertaining. Its like a Die Hard movie - Dont expect a story.

LoveSRKLove: i have he urge to just go to every Don 2 viewing that i can until i get bored of it.. But i'm scared i won't get bored.

LovedLoner: For all my indian friends , please watch don 2 . It's a great film !

LOLP21: I Had Watched Don-2 Yesterday..!! Its A Superhit Blockbuster Movie <3 :) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... http://fb.me/15gecvq38

LifeOfWalid: Don 2 was too good! SRK is a boss!

lexlimbu: I enjoyed DON 2 although I really think @priyankachopra should've shot DON when she had the chance.

Last_Clarion: FaroutAkhtar @priyankachopra @IamSRK Don 2 is best film of the year, fast paced, excellent direction, acting, action, never a dull momement

KuldeepMeghwal1: I WATCH DON-2. IT IS A GOOD MOVIE.

kreshiv: Good work Mr. SRK looking cool in & as DON 2 amazing movie

koms92: OMG JUST WATCHED DON 2.. AMAZING!!!!! I loooove @iamsrk he was brilliant and so sexy!!!!!

KnightsDen: More Don 2 tweets when I get back from the exam in the evening! Till then C Ya folks! Enjoy and get awed by the spectacle; that is #Don2

KingPatel7: Don 2 is one of the greatest films of all time. Simply amazing!! Loved it!!! Don is King!!! @iamsrk @priyankachopra @FarOutAkhtar

KhalidShoukat: Just watched Don 2! #goodmovie

kavelarora: guys on christmas ,, don 2 makes it beyond enjoy,,, got rock time.

karanthukral93: Just saw don 2. Well done ppl. #srk #farahanaktar #don2

kalainpk: Don 2 is good #reviewfromtweets

juiceincident: So this Don 2 is jus awesome movie !! Must watch. Great work and efforts by @FarOutAkhtar & @iamsrk !!

jiteshpillaai: So boys and girls did u like don or don 2 better. This super stylish sequel worked for me. Aur aap ke liye?

jigsss95: Don 2 is a good movie. Better than every part of don. Go for it And DONT TRUST MUMBAI MIRRORS OR ANY OTHER NEWSPAPERS RATINGS

JhaSanjay: Guys, stop this blatant worshipping of everything Hollywood! Indian cinema has arrived big-time! ZNMD, Don 2--coolest films, with attitude.

jgill001: Don 2 another good movie ... Srk you are unstoppable

JerinGeorge: Don 2 is superb. I'm SRK fan now.

janenata_srk: Ohh my God.. Don 2,,shah rukh Khan's movie was wonderfuL..☺☆☀

jacky_1000: 5/5 Review on Don 2 Movie by Paulsb02 : ~~~Don is back in Double power~~~ http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Don-2-Movie-review-axkalpnqon via @MouthShut

IshanThukral: Nobody else could have done it and nobody else did. @iamsrk and Farhan Akhtar rocked Don 2.

Irashrivastava: Don 2 amazng mvie... 10 out 10... SRK u rockzzzz.....!!!!

Indian_hero: Don-2 Is Best picture

imSRI: #MirchiBioscope DON 2 is excellent. After a long time got a feel of Germany through the movie.Germany Rocks in the movie. So does the movie.

ImAZHAR_AJ: If u r a SRK fan...Watch DON 2 twice &if u r not SRK fan Slap urself & watch DON 2 ten times then u will realize whatz missg @FarOutAkhtar

IKunaljannat: Don 2 super duper hit movie

iamtanvi: Phew. Don 2 is superb. No one defines sexy, hot, and cool like @iamsrk and @priyankachopra. Thank you! :D (cc: @TeamPriyanka, @FarOutAkhtar)

iamsrkp: #Don2 Review: It’s a must-watch and a sign of how far Hindi cinema has come today. http://divanee.com/2011/12/23/the-king-is-back-shahrukh-khan-priyanka-chopra-sizzle-in-don-2-movie-review/ @iamsrk @priyankachopra #SRK

iamdvivek: don-2 is really cool,very rich and nice locations. everything is so cool about DON

iamanuragdubey: Don 2 a great film of a great actor.shahrukh is real don.no one beat and catch that don.

iam4srk: Nd DON 2 deserves 4.5/5 in ma opinion

hundidivya: Don 2 is a great movie. Very neat and clean. Just like how it should be. SRK doing what he does best.

HRoarkTweets: Don 2 is a true Intl. range filming... claps and whistles @FarOutAkhtar

hkdamonster: Loved Don 2! Great action!

hdhoor: Don 2 was the best movie everrrr!

HarshBalla: I loved don 2 one of the best movies I've seen all year great night

harrysoni: Don 2 is a gud movie. #don2

harmeet99: Take a bow @iamsrk - your career's best performance! Don 2 kicks ass!! Brilliant film.

hafiz_don: still feeling Don2 in me............... wat a great movie............ love da styles of SRK........ DON 2

habibipaul: time to sleep i love london at night... n yah i re watched don 2 3 times today with my friends n family just WoOoW #DON2 i adore SRK @iamsrk

GurvirD: Don 2 was a very good movie :)

GujuRani: Watched Don 2 in 3d and it looks like I added a new movie to my good movies list. #bollywood

gjain81: Don 2 the ultimate movie loved it (@ INOX Movies) http://4sq.com/s9BtP1

faransaeed: Priyanka Chopra is so pretty! Such a good actress!! Don 2 was an awesome movie!!!

Falgun3: Don 2- had there not been hindi dialogues, it was a hollywood film for sure. FA is a genius and SRK is god.

fabiavivek: DON 2 rules!!!!!!! :) :) :)....... BAADSHAH S BACK WITH A BLOCKBUSTER!!!!!!!!

Dimpy2012: Just watched Don 2! #amazing

deepRoy20: BOOM!!! Watch DON 2... Action packed thriller... This film has some great oneliners.

DeepPatel777: Don-2 is Awesum Movie

deepanshitrehan: DON 2 WAS GOOD!

deepaknbagade: Don 2…Amazing. Its a great entertainment package. SRK…another AMAZING performance….Don is dangerous but cool. FARHAN…brilliant master piece

Decemberguys: Don 2 is a perfect combination of style with substance #Decemberguys @Decemberguys

daspraveen90: "DON 2" is a best action movie of sharukhan

cybermondayad: #Don2 is a slick production and signs off 2011 with style http://shar.es/WfbiZ

CoolkarniVky: "Don 2" : WOW ! Fantabulous SRK as Don + Farhan's Dialogues & Direction create another blockbuster..Bollywood ends the year on high note :)

coolguys_raj: Don 2 is superb 
And SRK is again at his best.....!!!

ColetteParakh: Don 2 rocks!! really loved the movie... enjoyed it thoroughly!

ChiragJGupta: Don 2 Good movie good direction done by @FarOutAkhtar

BoRiNa_CEZ: Don 2 was FANTASTIC ! ! ! EVERYONE MUST GO SEE IT ! Ughh mind blowing ! ! ;D Omgg ! <3 @Don2FanClub @iamsrk @priyankachopra @SRKsCrazyFans

BoL_BLoGGeR: #40900th Tweet is dedicated to @IAmSRK whose Tweets are irritating but his acting skills r still above of all. Great buddy. DON 2 rocked.

bibatanha: don 2, such a good movie love you sharukh #you'reamazing.

bfarx: Don 2. WHAT A MOVIE. kudos to @iamsrk, @FarOutAkhtar, @priyankachopra, and one more surprise guest :P 4.5/5.

beechingkbecox4: IAmSRK Fans. The New York Times has given Don 2 a 4.5 out of 5 rating. That is one of the highest onoDqC

bakshirajat: DON 2: Some kick-ass action,SRK sleek editing,lovely Pchops thoughtless plot,nonsense dialogue Don2 ka hit hona mushkil hi nahi namumkin hai

avi_avinash460: Don 2.. Superb....

AthulSantan: Don 2 roxxx.. Juz bak from theater. :-)

ashokdaniel: DON 2 is a winner all d way. @iamsrk charms with his stylish acting! His best action film to date 4/5

AshKapr: i should say the twists and mysteries in DON 2 were Genuine + Awesome + Set a level in the bollywood industry

arvindsrk: don 2 i love @iamsrk :) it was a very good movie :)

ARPANDIFFERS: DON 2....awsme movie....i watched all d shows yesterday in 3D... M nw waitng for Don 3....

aneepattaje: Don 2 a gud movie....SRK and Piggy chops shine again.....

AMNSSIDHU: I recommend all Desi's to watch Don 2!

AminAjani: Overall 4 out 5 Stars for Don 2. It was carried by legend @iamsrk. SRK best villain performance. The KING is Back with a bang!

ameyballal: don 2 good movie.......

alinbanerjee: Don 2 terrific...sharukh rocks in his wicked arrogant acting...

aktiwa: You guys have completely changed the background of the Great movie Don but still I liked the movie....Don 2 (The international Chor..;)

AkashVarma6: best movie Don 2 @FarOutAkhtar

aiiisha19: I love Don 2 #BestMovieEver

adhicool90: don 2 wasa mindblowing movie,hatz off 2 srk...............................

abrahamp6: Don 2 was amazing!!!! So awesome :D AMAZING PERFORMANCE BY @iamsrk !! :D #trulyasuperstar

AbhinavS90: ToI gave Don 2 a bit more..Good for a 3.5 !

AbdulHagos: DON 2 BEST MOVIE EVER!!

AarushiiG: Don 2 was amazing! Looooove srk!

aamirnawaz90: Don 2.. Awesome movie !!Great story !!!

8h3iLa: Don 2 was super great! I'd give it a 15/10. That was how good it was! King khan is just too good! Hell yeah!

rutvikgavaskar: Don 2 : Average movie ... would rate 3 on 5... liked three things >> 1)SRKs entry 2)Dialogues and 3)LARA DUTTA .... :D

OyeHooye: Saw Don 2 last night. Not a must watch movie but surely a time pass if you don't have any other option :P

nikqhil: Don (Original) - Superb. Don (Re-make) - Worth a watch. Don 2 - Okayish & next? See the pattern.

iHHAK: Movie: watched don 2 its good movie but nt as good as don 1..but srk style is just rocking

ICcolony_Yapper: Don 2 ..... Not so bad ..... Realli gud concept ......onli kinda slow....wudve been better if it picked up speed

heybliss: SRK makes an average comeback with Don 2 - 24xindia News in Short http://lnkd.in/hj_4gr

C_Kohli: Saw Don 2 last night. Slick action sequences. Random story though. And not to forget, the cheesy Don-isms!

AshDeshmukh2011: I feel the screenplay could have been better, n the script too could do with more work but what a well stylized film Don 2 is!

anilcp: Watched DON 2 yesterday night.. A watchable movie of Sharukh's attempt to become Tom cruise

aditya_grover: (It's my opinion. . .) DON 2 (3/5 [GOOD]): 'Don 2' is uber-cool but slow-paced. It’s the kind of cinema where... http://fb.me/J0dcrHP3

zapperman100: Don 2 ko dekhna , mushkil hi nahi , na mumkin hai!

whatthehandle: Don 2 Review : First Half : Too much of Don Don Don, Second Half : Too much of Fight Fight Fight.

vinayth: I need to find an inferior word than crap to describe it. [email protected]: How is Don 2?"

vik_joshi_twt: Don 2 ★★☆☆☆

UGJose: Don 2 Indianized action sequels in Hollywood with an incredibly slow pace storyline which makes it quite boring time to time! :(

tshanks2004: Super excited to watch Don 2 2nd time today !!!

TINASRANA: Saw don 2 yesterday.. @iamsrk pls stop doing action films

thesudhir: Don 2 is one movie in league with the bollywood movies which end up imitating hollywood ,Kollywood and Tollywood

sudhakar: Mounaguru was gripping... Well made film, let down only by an unsure ending. Good watch overall. Good enough to forget Don 2. :)

siddharthpn: #5ThingsThatAnnoyedMeThisYear Ra-one,Don 2, Desi Boyz,Twilght and Kolaveri.

sharmasanju: My review for Don 2 is 1/5 star. Boring and shud be avoidable kinda movie. Full of overacting by one on only *beep*

Sant_patil: Don 2 ko bardasht karna... Mushkil hi nahi... Na mumkin hain.

saifalikhan: : Alvin and the chipmunks 3 beats Don 2 hands down. The 1978 original remains the best Don ever.

rutuv: So as expected Don 2 is fussssss

Roopeshpk: V sad .. Don 2 ! Again n again flopz..

ravishndtv: Don 2 is not a remix but by product of original Don. That's why it looks stylist but not classy.

rajivvijayakar: My lookback at 2011, written before Don 2 released. http://t.co/wuqaFGh2. As I predicted on FB in July, Don 2 did not make the b-o top grade

pranayrupani: Don 2 SRK megalomania

pradipkn: If u read anywhere that Don 2 keeps u @ edge of ur seat----it means ready to make a dash to the exit.

parora89: Don 2 was horrible. Not as bad as Tees Maar Khan/Bodyguard/Dabangg, but shitty acting/plot. Wow, what a waste of talent. #imissoldbollywood

PARESHAN_G: Don 2 worst 3D movie ever seen

one_tight_slap: I told you people before only that Don 2 will not be good, actually Srk will do a good movie only after he leaves his IPL team.

ni_shhh: My friend paid for my boozes last night.. 'coz he was the one who insisted me for #Don 2 ... He felt very sry for that..

nipath11: Don 2 was a Hollywood movie in Hindi for the Indian aam junta with SrK doing stuff that was ripped off from Hollywood spy movies..

nidhinp412: Don 2 is disappointing..........

MeeMeera: DON 2, YOU ARE SO BORING! THE ONLY EXCITING THING FOR ME IN THIS THEATRE IS TWEETING IN CAPS.

mayurpuri: DON 2: Don't you dare watch it !! http://www.facebook.com/notes/mayur-puri/don2-dont-you-dare/346477908699481

kvsn007: don 2 was quite below my expectations :(:( #srk should hav re-considered the script !!especially the music

kunaldgp: Don 2 is such a waste. Even @faroutakhtar makes mistakes. #crappymovies

kplpune: Don 2 has the logical reasoning of a 'Golmaal 5' I would have rather fancied a KPL friendly!

KD511: Don 2 sucked! #wasteofmytime

ImNeerajG: Don 2 is quite a drag

iBellerophon: Don 2 sure has some cheesy Dialogues, Better than what were in The last Don! Plus Hritik looks a better don than SRK!!

himanshujovi: Don 2 now this is some real funny shit !!

guru140983: Don 2 is not as my expectations.

Godgeez: Don 2. There's a twist everytime the story loses track. Brainless and wastage of money. better than srk's last, though.

GobiRamanan: Don 2-failure no 2 for srk...........

dilip_gohil_: Don 2 bakwas he

DearCinema: Don 2: Style without substance http://goo.gl/fb/aDNgR #review #topstory

DanceEatRepeat: DON 2 movie ko khatam karna mushkil hi nahi namumkin hai...saali khatam hi nai hoti

cricketaakash: If slick is good, Don-2 is nice. But contrary to the popular opinion I didn't like the movie that much. Second half drags a bit...

cinemausher: #Don 2 IN TOP 10 Bollywood list, yeah you just ignore the list and move ahead

BillyMcBoney: Saw Don 2 yesterday. Didn't expect it to be great and it wasn't...

BambiJeremy1542: Simply LOL --> http://websitefortraffic.tk/?=6mb0 Christmas #5ThingsThatAnnoyedMeThisYear Don 2

arun_rahul1234: Don 2---2 star

arjunashar: Don 2 unlike Sahib,Biwi aur Gangster where the stakes were not too high but the lines, characterization and intrigue were extremely witty

ameyatambe: There is nothing Christma-ssy about Don 2.....Its just messsssy :((

AcademicHelp: King of gutter! "@hindujat8: Shah rukh Khan alias king Khan was never a good actor. This king has no clothes. Never had any:-)" Don 2

Abumdance: Don 2 is a bore. #fact

Aam1rY: Don 2: Int'l Crime Boss,Interpol Head,German bank head,Expert computer hacker, all are Indian. Classic e.g f y Bollywood can nvr b Hollywood

18 readers - 10 yays 5 so-so 3 nays

Not Interested in Watching, by PRAFFUL : less

Yay! Thumbs Up, by kiran chikkala : 90

Yay! Thumbs Up, by moviefan : Good fun, but last 30mins are the best! Once again, Don fools the cops by helping them lol Gr8 3D!

Yay! Thumbs Up, by musthaq : zabardast

Yay! Thumbs Up, by pradeep : AWESOME \m/

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Rachit Gupta : Good one!

Yay! Thumbs Up, by safi : Awesum muvie!!Best action muvi in the history of bollywood!!Must watch

Yay! Thumbs Up, by shahrukh : movie was fabulous or i'll say fantabulous! must watch it!

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Suman

Yay! Thumbs Up, by tayyeb khan : 100

Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : SRK Continues His Path to Being a Live Action Bugs Bunny - With Boman Irani as Elmer Fudd!

So-So, by GlassMan : 73

So-So, by Johnathon Kollop : it was ok

So-So, by Nishchal Diwate : Average Movie thats it !!!!

So-So, by nmase : <font size="42"><marquee>This W38$|t3 i$ 0Wn3d.</marquee>

So-So, by Paresh

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Noopur

Nay! Thumbs Down, by vin

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Vishal

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Plot Summary

Don (Shah Rukh Khan) now rules the Asian underworld and wants to spread his powerful wings to the European drug market. But, all involved, including his counterparts from across the globe want him dead.

What Worked

  • Person A is pointing a gun at Person B and means to shoot him. But he has to engage in conversation first, right? Usually, I recall a line from The good, the Bad and The Ugly that goes something like, "If you're gonna shoot, shoot. Don't talk." But here, it was amusing. The people who want to kill Don despise him so badly that they want to have the last word. It works but for the fact that we might have to watch Don 3.
  • There are a few scenes in the beginning which have no background music. They sound so great with just the dialogue and ambient sound.
  • The reference to Don's mom. It was rather cute.
  • Vardhaan (Boman Irani) is stuck being subservient to Don.
  • Priyanka Chopra's back!
  • The fact that Don was just playing with Roma in the car chase, just for kicks.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • References to Godfather and Avatar.
  • Conversations between Lara Dutta and Shah Rukh Khan - so affected.
  • Everytime, Shah Rukh Khan said 'kya kahu, sweetheart', I squirmed.
  • Hrithik Roshan is 3-4 inches taller than Shah Rukh Khan. Just saying.
  • Why are goons catwalking? I refer to the scene in which Abdul Jaffar is following Don.
  • Ban these lift vs. stairs scenes, already!
  • Don carries a contraption to jump down a roof-top on his waist. Right.
  • The cut at the point where Shah Rukh Khan jumps out of the metal safe room.
  • Roma's (Priyanka Chopra) ridiculous behavior towards the end of the film.
  • Mallick (Om Puri) appealing to Don because the people he's about to kill are innocent. Really? If he hasn't figured that Don doesn't care, what has he been upto?
  • Oh by the way, what happened to Mallick's resignation?
  • So Don can set off a bomb from his watch but can't disarm them? O-kay!
  • Don giving away Roma as if he were marrying his daughter off!

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Why were only Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta wearing a backless evening gown at the ball?

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lots and lots, the usual action film stuff. Don threatens cruelly even though nothing on screen is gory.
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A couple of women wearing backless evening gowns. A few scenes with skimpily clad women. A peck of a lip-to-lip kiss.
  • Concept: A villain you love to hate.
  • General Look and Feel: Slick.

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Comments (18)

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@Shashank yay! oh the joy of your joke appreciated! :D

@Rachit you've seen it already?! nice...good to know you liked it. :D :D :D

Aah, I see. SRK does know his target audience well, they haven't had a preview show in India in the longest time!

@Rachit Cool. It's kind of difficult to contain the excitement now!

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@Rachit I was buying that for a bit but then she said a line when he's hurt that made me want to laugh out loud.

@Vishal ab kya kahu sweetheart, hum har jagah hai!

@shahrukh :D

@Roy I was just saying he couldn't have been Don, because Hrithik is taller. Or the special appearance attribution is wrong, which it cannot be. After all he was taller than Priyanka while dancing with her. :D Anyway, who cares about such minor things, right?

SRK

Outstanding movie it was...Others just shut UP????

Vishal

....i have always dreamt that atleast once in my life i will communicate with a celebrity... finally shahrukh and srk both responded .... so what if there were 3 grammatical mistakes in each line ....so what if there were unnecessary punctuations .... shahrukh sir responded to me ....with whatever limited english he knew .... jeevan dhanya ho gaya ;)

Paresh

Boring first half. Average crime caper story. Songs r an intrusion. Could have been 30 mins less. Great Production though, as good as Hollywood. I was trying hard to look out for the great dialogues mentioned in all reviews. SRK's swagger removes from the depth of being a Don, as r his over the top expressions. Poof & Boom r from Usual suspects.

Awesome movie.....SRK rockzzzzzzzz

safi

Awesum muvie!!Best action muvi in the history of bollywood!!Must watch

Suman

Direction: 3
Story: 3
Lead Actors: 4
Character Artists: 3

Dialogues: 3
Screenplay: 3
Music Director: 2
Lyrics: 2

musthaq

super.........king rockzzzzzzzzz

@critic
so,SAD you are still comparing DON2 with any other bolly flick, though don2 lack a pace and bad chemistry btwn priyanka and sahil saroff
but remaining that the movie was awesome ..and you're saying it just over ride to make plan B and confuse your enemy in ur useless plan A ..WELL then if a DON wouldn't does it then ..for what hell reason he's don...you better leave taking inspiration from holly flicks and applying ur jd in bolly's .....they are world's apart

@Vishal ha ha ha ha!

@Suman interesting. Ratings are sort-of average but film gets a thumbs up! That's what I love about these detailed ratings. :D

@Noopur i have to consult you for my twitter reviews :D

@Nishchal wow! you are a better optimist for films than I am! Cheers!!

::But maybe he over-estimated our capacity to be interested in the turns. After a while, it gets tiring.::

I dunno, @Meetu - we were all kind of amused by it all. In a way, SRK as Don is like Bugs Bunny as a Criminal Mastermind - with Boman Irani as his Elmer Fudd! :D After the first Don, we kind of recognized Don would always be one step ahead of his adversaries on both sides of the law, and would always be fiercely protective of Roma (and she of him) despite their supposedly being mortal enemies - because they're obviously madly in love with each other, no matter what he did to her family!

Since we didn't take a damned thing in this movie seriously, we just sat back and laughed at the thrill ride, and how Don always had a plot twist in his back pocket...and how Vardhaan would always end up faceplanting whenever he tried to outsmart Don! To his credit, Irani was genuinely menacing, and in the climactic fight busted out some truly mad Kung-Fu Skillz of his own - my kid brother asked how old he was while watching him and SRK fling themselves around the bank vault set, and when I looked it up I laughed and said, "Older than you!" Now I want to see Boman Irani as an aging badass cop, with a hotshot younger partner....

It's a popcorn thriller, Meetu, nothing more - and well above average of its kind. Though I have to admit, I can't remember a single song, which after Don's memorable soundtrack is something of a disappointment....

@TimELiebe Yeah, somehow, I just don't get it. The "popcorn" movie. I guess I take my movies a little to seriously.

@Meetu - I think it's more that you get it FAR too well, and far FAR too often. It's like Michael Bay or Roland Emmerlich movies for me - been there, done that, got the T-shirt and the commemorative drink cup. OTOH, we can still be had with some clever dialogues (even translated, it comes through), SRK's and Priyanka Chopra's chemistry, Boman Irani's ability to surprise us - and fun dance numbers. ( Never underestimate how much my crowd will forgive if there's a good dance number or two! ;) )

I think I would have been surprised, and worried, if you had thought it was a great movie..:)

@TimLiebe "I think I would have been surprised, and worried, if you had thought it was a great movie"

Fair point!

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