Friday, December 15, 2006

Mein hoon Don

The phrase that best sums up the new Don is from one of my fav Amitabh Bachchan, movies, Chupke Chupke "Joh hai - woh nahin hai - aur joh nahin hai, woh toh ho hi nahin sakta" (what seems - isin't. and what isin't - cant happen)

To begin with - I am one of those few who hasn't seen the old Amitabh Bachchan 'Don'. Therefore this one comes on a fresh slate to me. And I quite like it. No, I'm not an SRK fan (heart beats for Sallu and of late Abhishek Bachchan) nor a big fan of re-makes.

To start of, the plot is full of twists and turns almost in the Jewel Thief genre. The movie begins on an established template - that the real Don is injured badly and the DCP sends in a look-alike in his place to get more information on the workings of the gang. So far so good. And then almost character changes colors - down to the Don.

However, most of the twists happen in the second half of the movie. By the end your head is kinda spinning - wondering - exactly who is who. And just when you think every thing's all wrapped up - there comes this huge surprise in the end.

For a Hindi movie, its a good effort at mystery. And yet, at some places, motive is a little difficult to establish. At some places, story seems to be a little far-fetched. There is a lost child - who is old enough to be able to count up to 3000 - but not old enough to remember his address (and is hence lost).

They do have 3 songs flicked from the old Don - and if you've had a liking for the older version - these will sound like a bad techno re-mix. If you listen to them afresh - they don't sound all that bad. Of the 2 new songs - I cant even remember the lyrics of the song picturised at the Ganpati procession - so unremarkable. The other song "Aaj ki raat" is fairly ok and peppy.

For the cast, Priyanka Chopra I thought was ok in her role as the revenge seeking Roma. SRK, I felt was a let-down. The mean-ness, ruthlessness, sarcasm just wasn't there. Style - yes, sharpness - no! SRK also really looks like he needs to loose weight - especially in the aforementioned ganpati song and Khai Ke Paan song. Not so much on the face - but around the waist he sure looks chubby. Speaking of chubby, Kareena Kapoor's arms, legs, thighs sure had a life of their own - they jiggled and wriggled to the beats of 'Yeh mera dil' completely to their own beat. I felt she just couldnt touch Helen in the original song.
And poor Isha Koppikar - such bad costumes and such bad hair-dos - especially in the 'Aaj ki Raat' song. Its like they intentionally wanted her to look bad - so she would'nt overshadow Priyanka Chopra. Its not her fault she has more screen presence than the ex-Miss World does.

And talking of clothes - whats with the paisley printed shirts and lil flowery motifs on SRKs clothes. Don't tell me - these things are making a come-back again. Whats worse - they may have (notice may have - not necessarily they did) looked good on Salman Khan in the 1990s - but they don't look good on SRK.

Boman Irani - is good - as usual. Arjun Rampal - deadpans again - as usual.

Rest of the movie - is fairly good. I was hoping to see more Matrix-like action sequences - so was disappointed there.

All in all - worth a watch!


At 2:53 PM, Anonymous NZ said...

Thanks for the review. I haven't seen the old DON either and was looking forward to watch the new DON on big screen with friends on the first weekend of its release - but missed it.

Got the DVD the other day but haven't got around to see it yet. Liked your description of Kareena, I observed that too - how did she manage to put on so much weight, considering she looked so slim and trim in Omkara :-)

At 3:58 PM, Blogger Shreemoyee said...

I hadn't seen the original don either and saw the old one when the new release happened for comparison. Wasn't the best of ideas.

At 4:32 AM, Blogger That Armchair Philosopher said...

hmm, i should go see it then. i've heard mixed things about the movie really - although the bollywood seems to be getting inventive. how?

well, Don is supposed to be the criminal mastermind of the century right? what better to prove that than have edward munch's Scream hanging in that vault (or whatever it is) of his. (this is second hand information, but i thought it was a stroke of genius). apparently, the theft of "Scream" was the crime of the century... etc etc

At 4:26 AM, Blogger artnavy said...

Have seen the old Don and watched this for Farhan and was DISAPPOINTED

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Something to Say said...

nz: if you havent seen the old Don - you might just like this one - for there are no comparisons to be made.
And Kareena made me feel good about myself ;)

Shreemoyee: And did you like the new one - or prefer the old one?

TAP: Well, to set the record straight - 'Scream' was recovered 3 months prior to the release of Don - so says Wikipedia
Stroke of bad timing for Farhan Akhtar.... though I'm pretty sure - not many people recognized the painting or are aware of the raison d'etre in the Don's vault.

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Something to Say said...

art: You are an Amitabh fan, aren't you? From what I've read - SRK is int a patch on the original Don. I believe Amitabh was coolness personified - while SRK - was just being good ol SRK - Rahul mehra, Raj Malhotra - he just wasnt Vijay enough!!!

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Shreemoyee said...

actually neither. i saw them back to back, at the end of it, I was just tired.

At 10:17 AM, Blogger the mad momma said...

you know, i cant recall a bit of the old Don - it is too far back for me..

i loved the aaj ki raat song... love alisha ..usually do covers of all her songs for parties.

SRK took a risk and the only reason it paid off was the twist in the end. but i agree that even without comparing him to the Big B i felt he didnt have the menace i would expect from a Don.

and hell... who asked aki narula to desgn the clothing?
and why does kareena kapoor get acting offers at all? and who feeds her till she bursts?


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