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243 out of 379 people found the following review useful:

best action film by Bollywood

10/10
Author: amanirani52 from dubai
8 December 2011

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saw the special screening of Don 2 in Dubai film festival.Frankly speaking I was stunned by the movie.Simple plot but the twists and turns in the movie were amazing.I will not reveal the plot details because you will loose interest in it.But the story is simple after becoming the underworld king of Asia,Don has targeted European underworld, the film shows the way in which Don fulfills his dream.The movie is at par with Hollywood action movies.Car chase,action,stunts,visuals were awesome.Shahrukh Khan was at his best,he gave a special feeling to the movie.But Boman Irani,Priyanka Chopra,Kunal Kapoor have also done a great job.Nawab Shah was also outstanding, he deserves a special applause. In the end Don 2 is a fine made product with an open ending.It is a must watch this holiday season.Farhan Akhtar has once again proved that he is a fine director.His directing skills are awesome, he should direct more movies.

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202 out of 305 people found the following review useful:

A stylish movie with none other than the King of Cinema, Shahrukh Khan.

10/10
Author: iamS oh from United Kingdom
22 December 2011

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People said that no-one could make a better Don than the man himself, Amitabh Bachchan. However, I would like to disagree. Shahrukh is the only actor of todays time that could ever make it better than the original. His style, charisma and witty remarks make it all the more appealing. Farhan Akhtar's superb directing made this film epic! There are no gaps, no over-the-top parts and surprisingly, no dancing.. Don and Roma's love/hate relationship is also great to watch and you can sense the sizzling chemistry between Shahrukh and Priyanka! I'm desperately waiting for a Don 3: The King Takes Over ;) 10/10 for sure. It would be an insult to compare these movies to other standard Bollywood movies, as Don 2 is - in my opinion - better than most, if not every, Hollywood action/thriller I've seen. Farhan, we're waiting :)

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139 out of 204 people found the following review useful:

Farhan Akhtar has raised the bar for future sequels and action thrillers. Great performance by Shahrukh in the best Indian sequel so far!

10/10
Author: XxMaverickxX from United Kingdom
23 December 2011

In 2006, Sanjay Gadhvi made a sequel to the 2004 hit 'Dhoom' which was appreciated by most, but Rohit Shetty's sequel to 'Golmaal' faced mixed reviews. However, Rajkumar Hirani got it compeletely right with the Munna Bhai sequel, which was the perfect sequel to the first film. So it can be said that the record hasn't been all that great.. but it has certainly got better now!

Farhan Akhtar's Don 2 is a sequel to his 2006 movie Don, a remake of the 70s Amitabh film. However, the story was sufficiently different and the twists in the tale left viewers gasping for more. Five years later, Farhan Akhtar has returned in an attempt to fulfill the enormous expectations on this sequel. I can say that my expectations were not only met but surpassed by a considerable distance!

The story is strong and pretty special considering what we have previously seen from the Hindi film industry, but you wouldn't expect anything less from Farhan Akhtar. After conquering the Asian underworld, Don sets his eyes on Europe. Thrills are what you expect and thrills are what you get!

The makers have clearly gone to town here as the level of authenticity and realism is extraordinary, especially considering that there are quite a few formulaic Hindi films released every year that fail to differ hugely from films that have come out of India before them. This is certainly one of those films that possess their own distinct identities.

The performances are great. Shahrukh excels as Don and everything about his character is just awe-inspiring. I think this role is comparable with some of his best performances. Meanwhile, Priyanka Chopra too excels and Om Puri shows why he is regarded as a good actor. Boman Irani is impeccable as Vardhaan and Nawwab Shah is a revelation - watch out for him! Kunal Kapoor handles his role with ease, and is another one too look out for. The character development is superb.

The dialogues are really good. They fit in and serve their purpose in a variety of situations.

The songs of this film are not really the commercial type, but they fit in well in the various situations throughout the film. With this in mind, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have done a solid job with the music. The background score is great.Those who expect romantic music will be disappointed.

The action sequences have been finely executed and do fit into the narrative very nicely. They really do add to the overall experience.

Overall, this is a sequel that is far superior to the first film. As an action thriller with world-class action, top notch performances and a western feel, this presents further proof that Hollywood has some serious competition. It's a gem of a film from Farhan Akhtar, who I regard as one of the top 5 best directors in India today. With Shahrukh delivering a great performance, this film will not disappoint fans of his and action enthusiasts. One of the best films (not just from India) of 2011! A must watch!!

9.5/10.

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144 out of 220 people found the following review useful:

Mind Blowing action, Farhan's strong control on script and Powerpacked performance from SRK. Truly the "KING IS BACK".

10/10
Author: (ghoshi.kol@gmail.com) from India
23 December 2011

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Don 2 is perhaps the best Christmas film in the last 5 years. It's slick,stylish and high on acting and visual effects. When it's SRK and Farhan together, miracles are bound to happen and it well happens for Don 2 is the best Christmas gift that Bollywood could offer and it is definitely an emblem of the acting skills of SRK whose kingship is proved. ACTING: SRK is the man who reigns supreme in this film and leaves a strong impression on the audiences mind with his stellar performance. His smile, dialogue delivery and every expression deserves a bow. Priyanka looked beautiful and does well in the second half. Her chemistry with SRK is electrifying.She deserves an applause for well balancing herself as a woman in love and hatred with the same man. Boman Irani is excellent as ever and in negative role he is always a treat to watch. Kunak Kapoor is impressive and Lara Dutta looks gorgeous. Hrithik gives a stunning performance in his cameo. His ball dance withPriyanka was a visual delight.

DIRECTION: Farhan handles the scenes well and never lets the adrenaline rush or the script to fall flat. He keeps the audiences glued to their seat and this versatile man gives as a slick action thriller which is far better than Race,Dhoom,Dhoom 2 and even SRK's Ra.One.

SCRIPT: The script is well written and every scene is well handled. Dialogues are brilliant and none of the scene fall flat. No unnecessary toilet humour and songs have made the film even more appealing.

MUSIC: The song Zaraa Dil Ko Thaam Lo is well sung by Vishal Dadlani and well shot. Background score and Hain Ye Mayaa was fabulous.

TECHNIQUE: Don 2's description is incomplete without commenting on it's cinematography and special effect.The film's visuals is better than MI-4,Ra.One,Robot,Krissh.It's stunning and well shot. Thailand and Berlin and Zurich looked picturesque. The special effects add a special flavour to the film which makes it even more delicious.

ACTING: 9.5/10 { 8 in general, 1.5 extra for SRK} DIRECTION: 7.5/10 SCRIPT: 7/10 MUSIC: 7/10 TECHNIQUE: 9.5/10 Overall I rate the film 9.5 out of 10.

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163 out of 268 people found the following review useful:

With Don 2 Shahrukh back again

10/10
Author: mu_amir from Karachi
22 December 2011

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Since last few years Shahrukh Khan several movies (Rab ne Banadi Jodi, Billu Barbar, My name is Khan and latest Ra One) did good business but failed to attain the success associated with Shahrukh and since Ra One may started to search for new King for Bollywood but the King Khan back with a Bang. You still remember Bazigar and Darr and here is once again Shahrukh is on the zenith of acting with an arrogant, agile, wicked and wild dare-devil who has the most bizarre schemes up his sleeve Shahrukh proof himself the best.

Don 2 beside Shahrukh is an amazing movie with unforgettable action scene and car chase sequences but the scene of Prison Breaking and robbery of Currency Plate. This action packed package seriously get your attention from the very first scene but the part of Music is relatively below par and there are very few moment of emotion human relation. But Don will force you to visit him again and again.

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135 out of 220 people found the following review useful:

Shah Rukh Does It Again :D :D

10/10
Author: Sidharth Banerjee from India
23 December 2011

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It's 23rd December, and the last week for Bollywood 2011 begins today. This was a rather average year with very few movies that got unanimous praise. Don 2 directed by Farhan Akhtar having Shah Rukh Khan repirse his evil avatar 5 years later was for obvious reasons the most anticipated movie of the year. I though personally didn't feel that it would be anything too great.

Starting off in Indonesia, with the Don stating that he has become the King Pin in Asia the movie has a unique style with a sleek look to it.

Shah Rukh Khan does enough to woo every lady in the audience. His swaggering walk to accompany his confident dialogue delivery and menacing smile would surely make him a contender for the Awards this year.

The first half builds the movie up and at times you'd feel lacks the pace an action movie would want but the intelligent direction, having just the one song in the movie and the absolutely delightful work by Javed Akhtar on the dialogues tickle your funny bones time in and time out.

The Second half is where you feel that the movie can be compared to Hollywood. The cinematography by Jason West is superb that along with a gritty screenplay glues you to your seats.

Boman Irani plays cleverly with his expressions and witty lines and long with the undeniable presence of the King form the best part of the film. Priyanka Chopra looks pretty and does an average job. The rest of the cast just hops along the main one and puts up an above average effort.

The music which was evident even before disappoints. I didn't like the music of the earlier Don either. S-E-L are expected to be much better.

All in all the movie is stylish, elegant and can even be seen more than once but please don't ruin it by thinking it'll be better than the MI or BOND series.

And an Extra Clap of the Hand for Shah Rukh. What charm!

3/5 for Don 2.

I'll watch it again and review it again too. I have to :D

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101 out of 159 people found the following review useful:

A Potpourri of Vestiges Review: SRK rules the rooster in Don 2, much to the delight of Action and Heist enthusiasts

8/10
Author: Murtaza Ali from India
23 December 2011

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It's often difficult to be tolerant to someone who tries to imitate greatness! It was the same prejudice that preceded the arrival of the SRK starer Don in 2006, the remake of the 1978 classic by the same name with Mr Bachchan in the title role. Besides, it is inevitable for any remake to be compared endlessly to the original. Despite all odds the movie did considerably well on the box office primarily because of Farhan Akhtar's imaginative yet calculative movie-making. The new elements introduced into the plot also gave the movie a breath of fresh air. Also, it was the crucial role played by SRK, in making the movie significantly different than its precursor, who mustered all his courage and talent to conjure up an alter ego that offered a great contrast to Mr. Bachchan's portrayal in the original motion picture. Farhan Akhtar and his entire team worked meticulously to keep the movie free of any possible anachronisms, which are often unavoidable in such remakes. By the time the movie approached its climactic finale, it became quite obvious even to the most seasoned viewer that Farhan Akhtar's vision behind the remake far transcended the mere thought of imitating the classic. He had set his goals much higher with the idea of establishing a completely new franchise at its core. The half a decade hiatus after the 2006 remake can be attributed to Farhan's attempt at self indulgence, which got him completely disillusioned about his directorial prowess, to make way for the latent actor in him, as he strived to prove his acting mettle in movies like Rock On!! (2008), Luck by Chance (2009), Karthik Calling Karthik(2010), and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011). To Farhan's credit, he did succeed in getting the actor in him to get going on the celluloid.

Since the last few years, the grapevine had been rife with speculations pertaining to Akhtar's behind the camera return for the much anticipated sequel of Don with SRK reprising his role of the most decorated mafia kingpin in the history of Indian Cinema. The speculations were brought to rest as the makers finally confirmed the movie's 2011 Christmas release. The promotions for the movie started a bit late and strangely lacked the the usual hullabaloo that surrounds an SRK release. With Don 2, Farhan Akhtar takes the high stake battle between life and death to a completely new echelon with a screenplay that's as taut as it's exhilarating . Don 2 is a high octane extravaganza that presents an average viewer with everything that he possibly craves for—action, voyeur, thrill and intrigue. The movie is full of pleasant surprises and keeps the viewer interested throughout. The movie lulls the viewer into a perpetual frenzy, which a modern cineaste demands and deserves. The movie's heist-like setup makes it conducive to high speed car chases, vertiginous jumps, voyeuristic escapades, hand-to-hand combat, blood-cuddling shootout sequences, etc.

There seems a paradigm shift in the quality of movie making compared to the general trends in the Hindi Cinema. The actions sequences depicted in the movie are at par with the international standards. The highly punctilious team of internationally acclaimed stunt coordinator Wolfgang Stegemann seems to have inoculated the movie with an ineffable sense of realism that is often missing in Indian productions. The entire cast and crew have done a phenomenal job in bringing the movie and its vivid characters to life. SRK once again shines as the glacial, conniving, quick-witted, rugged, cool & calculative, perpetually smirked underworld kingpin Don. Don 2 is SRK's movie from inception to finale and it is his omnipresence that takes the movie a couple of notches up. In some scenes, his antics and mannerisms are highly reminiscent of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, but SRK carries himself with such poise that he seems quite natural at it. The viewer also gets the privilege of witnessing SRK in the new avatar of an Action hero, which he pulls off with same finesse. Some of SRK's most staunch critics might censure him for overplaying the part, but apparently the script demanded such high levels of intensity. During the course of the movie, SRK gets to depict a wide variety of contrasting demeanors as Don goes about his usual business, driving high on his ever reliable instinct, making new enemies, friends, patching up with old enemies, and once again making them into enemies. The opening action sequence and the classic car chase—the best chase scene ever filmed in Hindi cinema—remind a lot of the traditional elements of a Bond movie, but not without a 'Desi' tinge. Priyanka Chopra offers a nice contrast to SRK's part as a mobster's moll in the making, but fails to leave her signature on the movie. Almost everyone in the supporting cast has given a worthy performance with special mention of Boman Irani, Lara Dutta, and Aly Khan. Movie's cinematography, sound, editing and choreography are all state of the art.

Overall, Don 2 is an exhilarating ride for the Action movie enthusiasts as well as for all those whose primary aim is entertainment. All those who look for cinematic profundity or pristineness can also partially enjoy the movie, but only by slackening the screws of scrutiny. Don 2 has set the ball rolling for more movies to come in the franchise, while also setting a new benchmark for Hindi Cinema. A must watch for Heist and Action lovers. 8/10

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118 out of 195 people found the following review useful:

At last .....THE KING ARISES........n unconquerable !!! KUDOS

8/10
Author: maithani-gaurav from United States
23 December 2011

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DON 2:the king is back....(As the title suggests),SRK provides a stellar performance as an antagonist who is arrogant n wicked yet overwhelmingly charming n stylish.Such is the charisma of his act,that the audience even knowing the fact he will do no good to anybody wants him to do more n this is where SRK out wittingly steals the show.Rest of the cast also puts up a good show.

Farhan Akhtar none the less proves himself why he is considered one of the finesse directors in the industry.With ably crafted cinematography by Jason West n spine chilling action sequences especially the car chase,DON 2 is one of the best action thrillers ever to be made in BOLLYWOOD even surpassing many of the action packed Hollywood movies. Do watch this hell of a ride at least for SHAHRUKH or its CLASS...

MY RATING: 8/10

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87 out of 146 people found the following review useful:

Pure cinematic entertainment

7/10
Author: sagar79 from India
23 December 2011

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The Don is back in business and with even more style. This time entirely abroad.

Good one liners, nicely shot actions scenes and an interesting story. Farhan is exceeding expectations every time and creating a brand for his style of making action films. Watching it in 3D was even more convincing.

Background score though, seems to be Farhan's favorite since it hears the same as in Don/Lakshya. But like before the slickly shot film goes very well it and has become like fast-paced carol.

Watching Don 2 should be definitely on your "to do" list for the holidays. Absolutely pure cinematic entertainment. seven on ten.

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42 out of 57 people found the following review useful:

Stylish & Slick

6/10
Author: Sohini Mukherjee (creative_sohini) from India
28 December 2011

Don 2, the sequel to Don starts from where the prequel ended.Though the story is surreal, impractical and seems like fantasy, the director gives it a slick treatment.It doesn't let go, even for a moment. The plot is stylishly crafted,with every twist and turn falling into place. Farhan Akhtar yet again proves that he is the most stylish film maker of recent times. The first half may seem cold in comparison with the 2nd, as the 2nd half takes the film onto a different level and keeps you on the edge of the seats.The script will mostly appeal to the urban crowd who are absolutely hooked onto international thrillers. The twists and turns in the 2nd hour may not be totally understandable to the average viewer.

Action is the USP of Farhan Akhtar's film. The chases, the fights, the destructions, escapes were spectacular and have all been done at par with International Standards.The car chase between Priyanka and Shah Rukh was unbelievable.The cinematography was top notch, be it the indoor or the outdoor shots. The locations in Berlin, Zurich, Malaysia & Thailand, where it was shot completely came alive. The stylization & look for every actor was so well defined.

Shah Rukh Khan uses all his charisma & attitude and woos the audience with his charm. He is the the lifeline of the movie.And this is definitely amongst his best works till date. Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani,Om Puri, Sahil Shroff, Kunal Kapoor, Alyy Khan & Nawab Shah were very very good in their respective parts. Lara Dutta looks glamorous but has nothing else to do.Shah Rukh Khan & Priyanka Chopra's chemistry for those 5 minutes was crackling.

Like a spot on the moon, the cameo by Hrithik Roshan was unnecessary & forced. Hrithik looked awesome but playing Shah Rukh's masked avatar was totally bizarre. As their height, voice and body do not share any damn similarity.

What makes Don 2 a winner is,the public cheers every time a task is accomplished by Don. This is indeed credible because Don, after all, is a negative character.

Special mention is the last scene where Shah Rukh Khan rides a bike and passes on a bridge over the French Riveira, Oh My God-he has never looked so handsome before. All will definitely skip a heart beat. Don 2 ends with the promise of Don 3. Mr.Akhtar-we are waiting.

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