Don – some comments.
In keeping with my tradition of watching high-profile movies long after their initial release (and long after all the hoopla has died down), I finally got to watch the Farhan Akhtar remade Don (The Chase Begins Again). Overall, I have to say I was impressed by the relatively slick production and the few twists added to the original story.
The negatives. Firstly, the film had the potential to be a slick thriller – perhaps India’s answer to Internal Affairs, the Hong Kong cops and gangster stand-off flick that inspired Scorcese’s The Departed. But while this version is not as kitschy, and Akhtar has plugged few of the plot-holes, its a long way from matching the technical levels of regular Hollywood movies.
Second, Kareena Kapoor trying to ape Helen’s dance moves in Yeh Mera Dil; does not work, period. On the other hand, I thought the Khaike was okay. Finally, the biggest disappointment was obviously Shah Rukh Khan aka the King of Hamming in the titular role. It is not an easy task to live up to a role essayed by the Big B, but SRK doesn’t even come close. In his effort to bring some intensity, he had his frowning, eye-brows close-together look throughout much of the movie, which was less dramatic and more funny.
But, worth a watch.
Couple of other notes:
1. What’s with Shah Rukh dresses in the film – the whole tie tucked into a shirt was a fashion disaster.
2. Check out this spoof video on the making of Don.