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Release Date : 20 October 2006
Year : 2006
Banner : Excel Entertainment
Producer : Ritesh Sidhwani , Farhan Akhtar
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Genre : Action | Thriller
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A huge Indian contingent embarks on a dangerous cat-and-mouse trail of capturing DON (Shah Rukh Khan) - the ruthless drug mafia in Malaysia. When DON gets seriously injured in a police encounter, the word that he is dead begins to do the rounds. The reality, of course, is that DON is held captive in a secret location, while his bumpkin of a look-alike, Vijay, is polished and sent to take down DON’s gang. In a bizarre twist of fate, when the man shielding the humble and streetwise Vijay, is killed, the latter comes to terms with the horrifying realization that both the police and the gang are out to nab him for different reasons. In a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, he is aided by the glamorously staggering Roma (Priyanka Chopra), and handsomely striking, Jasjit (Arjun Rampal), who owes Vijay a favor for care-taking his son during his imprisonment. But will Vijay be successful in his mission? Based on the successful erstwhile classic of the same name, which featured the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, the contemporary and stylishly crafted DON, features Bollywood czar Shah Rukh Khan playing a double role in one of the most defining performances of his career, teamed for the first time with former Miss World, Priyanka Chopra.

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Farhan take a bow, you truly are the king

By MovieTalkies.com, 20 October 2006 3 / 5

Farhan Akhtar jaisi picture baanana mushkil hi nahin shayad na mumkin hai. As a filmmaker Farhan undertook the mammoth task of remaking a classic film starring the biggest superstar Hindi cinema has ever scene, a film although thirty plus years old, still fresh in the audiences mind. But from the first scene of the film, you realize that Farhan’s Don is not just a remake of Barot’s classic; it’s not only a more stylish, gadget savy, today’s generation film; it’s a film with a lot more twists and turns with Farhan taking the story to the next level. There were many questions in the audiences in minds in regards to the remake especially revolving around the casting of Shah Rukh Khan, but on seeing the film you come to realize that Farhan has made the right choice because this Don (now referring to the character) may mouth a lot of the dialogues from the original, and yet is not really the same Don. The introduction sequence of Don happens in Paris and is something which is not there in the original. This scene also establishes that Don as a character is slightly different here. Bachchan’s Don was extremely understated and subtle. He was a man of few words and although had the best of everything, was somehow never too flashy. Shah Rukh’s Don is definitely not understated; he is meant to be arrogant; flashy and a condescending know it all. As the film progresses, you realize that the film is much pacer than the original; the events which happen in the original happen in the remake very quickly establishing the fact that Farhan wanted to ensure that he left enough time for his own twists and turns in the film. The best dialogues of the film have all been retained from “Mujhe uske joothe pasand nahin the” to “Mujhe do kisam ki ladki pasand nahin” to Pran’s “main tumse itni nafrat nahin karta jitna apne bete se pyar” but they all have a different style and impact. As the film progresses; the interval point not only takes you to almost the point where the original ended; it also throws one of the film’s two biggest twists at the audience. Several scenes which in essence are the same as the original have been changed in terms of treatment; for example in the original when Don (now Vijay) is “taken back” by his gang, they send Roma to the hospital as a nurse to mastermind his escape; here the escape is a more stylish one on the roads of Kuala Lumpur with Roma on a motorcycle. When Don/Vijay is escapes from the police while be transferred from one jail to another this time the escape happens on an airplane and there are several other such alterations in the film which make the events and dialogues of the original a bit more interesting for the viewer who knows the original by heart by offering those same scenes and lines with a fresher more stylish perspective and execution. The film is not without it shares of flaws; the biggest in terms of execution being a hand to hand fight, mid-air while falling from a plane! One of the most absurd sequences in the film and one wonders considering Farhan’s style and capabilities why such a half baked scene was retained. In addition there are a few cinematic liberties taken which may have stretched a bit too far, especially pertaining to Boman Irani’s character. The pace also drops substantially when Jasjit’s character is released from jail and one also wonders if Arjun Rampal was the right choice for this role as his enactment makes the character extremely flat and two-dimensional hence boring the audiences in these portions. However Farhan also scores with the visuals of the film both in terms of cinematography (Mohan has done an outstanding job) as well as the stylish editing and post production; split screens have been used in several films in the past (remember Asambhav) but for the first time we see the technique used well; adding to the pace and style of the film. The action sequences are handled with aplomb and each of the characters have there own action style which suits them perfectly. Although many had doubts on Shah Rukh Khan as Don you come to realize that he has been cast because Farhan wanted to ensure that his Don was different from the way it was played by Amitabh Bachchan. This role required someone who has such a overbearingly strong personality that Farhan could change the character in order to give it a different personality; only SRK could have done this role in his way without trying to ape Bachchan at all or reminding you of how the original was played as he uses his style and at times loud actions to establish this character. He also executes the action sequences with a martial arts style which suits the King Khan but the only drawback is that although he is in great shape, he has starting looking a big old and that takes away slightly from the character. Priyanka Chopra makes the perfect Roma because she too plays the role in her own style; there is not attempt to copy Zeenat Aman here at all and here martial arts action sequences are just amazing as is her overall style in which the toughness and physical strength never override the sexiness and femininity of the character. Arjun Rampal seems a bit lost and a misfit as Jasjit while Isha Koppikar as Anita has a bit more to do than the original but not much more. The surprise package of the film is Boman Irani who the audiences have grown to accept as a phenomenal actor but usually relegated to the comic roles, here he shines in this action thriller in a negative role which he carry’s off almost flawlessly. Coming to the second major twist of the film, which we obviously will not reveal, it too is handled with a great deal of style and integrated into the script in a perfect manner; Farhan drops subtle hints of this twist throughout the film but it is the clinching dialogue when Vijay is about to get in the ambulance which takes a minute to register (with Roma as well as the audiences) that makes the audiences hold their breathe and almost smile at Farhan’s intelligence and interpretation of the film. There is no doubt that this film will draw extreme reactions; there will be those who hate it because they just can’t get the original out of their mind and in which case they will not enjoy Farhan’s adaptation or SRK’s enactment and there will be those who will love this film because of Farhan’s sheer writing and directorial capabilities and because the film adds much more to the original, making it a film for today’s generation. Farhan, please take a bow as you truly are the King!

Please don't compare it to the original

By MovieTalkies.com, 02 October 2006 3 / 5

Remaking a classic always entails comparisons to the original and with director Farhan Akhtar’s decision to have music directors Shankar Ehsaan Loy retain two songs from the original Don, two songs which are still remembered and loved by all, one’s expectations from this album are immense. “Duniye mein logon ne dil apne phir thaamen. Aaya hoon lekar mein ph-ir kitne hungaame”... these opening lyrics from the title tack conveys the message clearly that Don is back, in a totally new package and ensures to create “hungama” on the music charts. However one must keep in mind that this is an album which may actually disappoint on its first hearing; its only after hearing the songs a few times does the listener really begin to appreciate the music and drift away from comparisons to the original Don which had unforgettable songs. This album needs to be listened to objectively without comparisons to the original else one will never enjoy these songs. This album has one extremely unique quality which deserves to be mentioned; although only 2 of the songs have been retained from the original, namely Khaike Paan Banaras Wala and Yeh Mera Dil Yaar Ka Diwana, even two of the original compositions give the listener a slight nostaligic feel of other songs from the original, in spite of these composition by Shankar Ehsaan Loy being completely original. Here the trick is that the songs have kept the situations clearly in mind and hence although the music and lyrics are new, there is a certain feeling which links the listener to the original – credit here has to be given to Farhan, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and lyricist Javed Akhtar, because the synergy and understanding between all three is what makes these songs work. The music of Don goes to show that it is possible to combine melody, with advanced technology and electronic sounds to create great music where there is a melody in each track and where the lyrics of the songs are not droned out by heavy electronic arrangements. Each song seems to be telling a story, but again one has to refrain from comparisons to the original, because although the music of the new Don is enjoyable, it is in comparison to the original. The album opens with Main Hoon Don, which is a completely different composition from the original (although the name of the song is the same). The song starts with a haunting music which one clearly will become the theme music of the film. The music builds up with the tune be repeated and more instruments being added to give a huge build-up just before Shaan takes over and the music levels is slightly suppressed. Shaan is absolutely perfect in his rendition and reminds the listener that he is one of the most under-rated singers in the industry. The percussions are used very interestingly in this feel in order to establish a mysterious feel and the song ends with the same interlude as it begins with. Yeh Mera Dil, starts exactly like the original but then immediately gets into a newer version in terms of the beats and percussions and then gets back to the song. The problem with this song is that there have been so many remixes already heard, that this too sounds like another remix, although one of the better remixes of the song. Sunidhi’s rendition is soothing and seductive yet there is something lacking due to the lower pitch of the song. It clearly pails in comparison to Ashaji’s rendition. The flavour of the song remains but this is clearly a composition for today’s generation. The lyrics remain the same reminding the listeners that songs truly do tell a story and move the narrative ahead when good lyrics are rendered. After all of the electronic instrumental, we come to Moriya Re which uses more traditional Indian instruments. In terms of comparisons to the original, this song will probably take the place of Yeh Hai Bambai Nagariya. Different from the previous 2 tracks, a more dhol and symbols song makes you want to get up and start dancing and will be a hit during this ganpati festival. The strings are very effectively used and Shankar Mahedvan is effective for this type of song. There is nothing earth-shattering about this song, but it serves a purpose and establishes the character of Vijay, Don’s lookalike . The song has a very fun, racing finale which again will make it a hit during Ganpati. Khaike Paan Banaras Wala starts of with Udit Narayan rattling off lyrics which are not from the original but establishes the fun mood to the song although the listener will prefer the original beginning. Here’s a classic where the melody remains the same, and techno beats have been added, making it more contemporary. One can imagine this song becoming a craze at the discs because it just makes you want to get up and dance. However, this song seems like it is a bit trapped between the original and an attempt to make it more racy and because the original is so popular, this song may not go down to well with listeners. Udit is the perfect voice for the song. The surprise element of the song is a special poetry rendition by SRK in the middle of the song. But overall this one is a bit of a disappointment. Aaj Ki Raat, although an original composition, as you get into the song, it reminds you of Jiska Mujhe Tha Intezar from the original. The tone and mood established by the lyrics makes it clear that the song is picturized in a similar situation ; “Aaj Ki Raat, hone hai kya, paana hai kya, khona hai kya”. It starts with the drums being used in a manner we don’t normally hear in Hindi songs with music being added around the drums. It is the perfect lounge song and the theme music can be heard lightly. Alisha Chinoy gets the mood of the song perfectly and her voice suits Priyanka to the tee. Mahalxmi and Sonu Nigam provide able support and you feel as though this song captures the emotions of Priyanka and Isha Koppikar both vying for Don’s affections. A song for today, but with a sprinkling of music from yesteryears, this song grows on you with every listen and is by far the best from the alum. Don The Theme is a very international style background score. Great musical composition which captures the mood of the film and gives just enough of a mysterious element. Combination of instruments, the constant drum beats and the police siren in the background all make this track worth repeating. Don Revisited, another instrumental track which will probably form a part of the background, is an extension of Don the Theme, but here we also here the music of the title track of the original Don along with SRK’s voice saying “Don” in the background along with dialogues like “Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin na mumkin hai” and “Don ke dushman ki sabse badi galti ke woh Don ka dushman hai”. Post Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Shankar Ehsaan Loy join hands with Javed Akhtar again to create an enjoyable listen. The problem with this album is that it will be dragged down by comparisons to the original and the fact the Ye Mera Dil and Khaike Paan Banaraswala just do not match up to the original at all, although Aaj Ki Raat is a great composition and a sure fire hit.
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Useless and waste of time
hitesh gohel, May 01, 2007
1 / 5
This is a useless movie and srk is looks like a joker.The title is not match with his role and if u keep the title like USELESS JOKER,it is honestly fit for him.Its like Kauva chale hans ka chal.He told himself That i am a superstar.Tell him go to Bachan and learn how to act and talk.Useless guy and useless movie.
Don rocks due to the new Don and Vijay(both SRK)
praveena kana, Dec 15, 2006
5 / 5
I watched Don on 19 November at Wave Cinemas.Don is little bit similar to the old Don but very much different because of its music,new actors in the same roles which were in the old on especially SRK as DON and Vijay.The starting scene where a person asks Don that 'yes,who is it? then SRK says 'DON' as if Big B is saying that dialogue.I liked the dialogues-"Don ka intezaar toh gyaarah mulkon ki police kar rahi hai lekin ek baat samajh lo DON ko pakadna mushkil hi naamumkin hai","Mujhe do tarah ki ladkiyan pasand nahin,ek jo mere paas aane mein bahut der lagaaye aur dusri jo bahut jaldi aa jaaye","Mujhe jangli biliyaan bahut pasand hai" and "DON ke dushman ki sabse badi galti yeh hai ki woh DON ka dushman hai." I liked all the songs especially 'Main hoon DON','Yeh Mera Dil','Mourya Re' and 'Khaike Paan Banaraswala'. The scenes which I liked are:- 1.The entry scene of DON 2.The last chase scene between police and DON. 3.The meeting scene between DSP De Silva(Boman Irani) and Vijay. 4.The scene where Jasjeet alias J.J.(Arjun Rampal)meets DSP De Silva after coming out of jail. 5.The death scene of the DSP during the raid. 6.The fight between J.J. and DON 7.The scene where J.J. meets the DSP(actually the mastermind Vardhan) where the truth reveals that DSP had escaped and he went through a manhole before the crash of the van with a wall. 8.The scene where J.J. takes Deepu and crosses the bridge. 9.The death scene of Singhania(Rajesh Khattar). 1O.The climax scene where DSP alias Vardhan goes to jail and the death of Vijay and the survival of Vijay in the flashback at the end. I hope after 'DON' Farhan makes the remake of 'Satte Pe Satta' because I have not watched the classic which starred Hema-Amitabh.

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