Monday, December 04, 2006

Movie Review: This nonsense called 'Don' - 100% Style 0% Substance

It is funny why people have guns in this movie. More funnier when they choose to point guns at Sharukh Khan. Nobody can shoot him. Even from point blank range. He quickly grabs the gun and does some fight like thing and they are all knocked down. From the first scene until the last scene he does this. 2 or 3 duffers point a gun at him at point-blank range. He turns and grabs the gun like he is grabbing a lolli pop. The other guys do nothing except get knocked down. In line with the 'no substance' theme of this movie - There is a pathetic pre-title Bond-like intro scene. You expect 'Don' to squeeze out of a tight situation in an intelligent fashion. The moment you understand that all he does is grab guns before the other guy can shoot, you are prepared for a 2 more hours of sub-Rajinikanth level logic, which really doesnt stop until the shabbily done moonraker-rip off scene at the end.

This movie fits into the bollywood stereo type though. A handsome actor, 2-3 hot babes, expensive locales, completely choclatey, nothing resembles anything real world. There are agents from interpol, Indian police etc in Malasiya. It almost seems like Indian ploice has a station in Malasiya. None of the twists and turns in this movie makes any sense. Dont even expect logic. I almost puked in one scene. Vijay replaces 'Don' and caims he has amnesia. In a kindergarten like logic he reasons (almost talks to the audience) that something big needs to be orchestrated for him to regain his memory. So De Silva and Vijay arrange a police-chase. All Vijay does to create the 'big event' is take his car under a truck and then take an exit ramp. Thats the big event and voila! he has his memory back. I would like to find out who wrote these trashy, cheap and cliched dialogs and kill the person. The writers of starwars have done shakespearian work compared to these writers. There is a scene where 'Don' is supposed to go for a deal. Narang wants Roma to accompany 'Don'. Don objects then later his wife objects. Roma's retort to Don's wife must be saved and archived some where. She spits out some crap, which must have had the audience vomitting in unision.



There is this pretense that 'Roma' has a role with substance. But she does not. Nobody has any role that is anything more than superficial. Kareena loses her husband, cries 2 tear drops and wipes it with a corner of her hanky making sure her make-up doesnt go away and in 5 seconds she is seducing Don - in a silly scene. Roma's dialogs are banal and she cant act at all. My god nobody is more below average than this chic. There is this guy who plays a role called Jasjit. Among the people who could not act in this movie Jasjit couldn't act the most. He is what Seinfeld would call a 'Mimbo' (while Roma, Kareena etc are Bimbos). I wonder who that actor is. I havent seen many SRK movies. This is probably my second or third ( I know I saw Dilse. I cant recollect anything else). He is stylish has that spunk about him and looks cool. But he is no Amithabh Bachan. Seriously! None of these new guys beat Amithabh. All the twists and turns in the movies second half are poorly poorly done. 1 hours before that twist comes the director practically writes it on a board and announces it to us. None of those twists are a surprise and if you couldn't guess it your IQ is less than Farhan Akthar's (in short its less than 3). This director is the epitome of show biz. He has made every frame in the movie rich and plastic. Every single frame. Even the villages in India look like a scene out of Wizard of Oz.

One word: Superficial

See the video from the old 'Don' featuring Amithabh to flush out the bad taste of seeing the new 'Don' from your mouth. Don should never have been redone. The original was just too good and far ahead of its time. It gives an impression that Hindi cinema hasnt improved from the time the original Don was released.


25 comments:

Saravanan said...

Same case in Tamil. Ajith is going to act in Billa remake.

Sowmya said...

Like this only I thought about 'Umrao Jaan'- the Aishwarya starer. How can Aishwarya replace REKHA etc?.But when I saw it I was pleasantly suprised. The UJ 2006 adds more dimensions to the story and the character than the 1981 version. I also have to admit that I liked Aishwarya's portrayal of Umrao Jaan better than Rekha's. -- I think I should write a post not take up your comment space. But if you get a chance watch it.

B-school kku nadoola ipdi ellam self-torture edhukku?

Anonymous said...

Don's wife!! That was funny!! Totally clueless eh??

Hawkeye said...

saravanan,

i heard it was vijay. is it ajith.

Hawkeye said...

sowmya,

thankfully i didnt see umrao jaan. i have come to disrespect aishwarya rai so much.

Hawkeye said...

anon,

it doesnt make any diff. same crap

Vidya Babu said...

You must watch Dhoom 2 for your love towards Aishwarya and Bollywood!! If Don was crap, Dhoom 2 was crap to the power infinity!!!

Venkat said...

>>>>>> It gives an impression that Hindi cinema hasnt improved from the time the original Don was released.

samma bottomline.., one of my friends was compiling a list of "completely orignal bollywood movies in the last 3 years" and I think he had less than 10 when I checked last...

wonder why hindi cinema is so oblivious to creation ?

Anonymous said...

arjun rampal.. was Jasjit

Raghuveeran said...

I hope hindi cinema w'll never improve...
hey watch Dhoom-2, It's a mega crap movie...

Nilu said...

athellam seri, are you trying to tell sudhish that you are a common man whose sensibility of right and wrong is too banal for the erudite movie?

ennamo po, aduthha case un mela thaan...

I said...

The Indhi film audience is the stupidest in the world.

Deepa said...

Asha, Amitabh, Helen - can you beat that? What got into Akhtar? I thought he was intelligent. To think Javed Akhtar actually was beside him during this shoot. How could he tolerate!

krishnachaitanya said...

I dont understand why people always compare things .

The lastest Don was not made to over take its predecessor . One can never think of making better product than its original .

Even if u see chandramukhi which is a mega hit in Tamil Nadu, there are a number of silly points in it like the person who makes the keys for the door will die and our mega hero does not even get a small bash .

Another fab movie vettaiyadu vilaiyadu is also a utter crap , where one uses Raghavan's scence to find criminals where the FBI is holding its hands and seeing him.what is joke it was ...

If u say that Hindi Cinema has not grown , it is so with all other Indian Languages which include Telugu and Tamil which i see a lot .

Mr I says Hindi film audience is the stupidest in the world.Then how does he know that Hindi films are bad if he is not one among the audience.

My bottom line , Dont find loop holes in a movie if u are able to enjoy it .

Mind me if have hurt anyone

cerisecarnations said...

"handsome"...and shah rukh? well you just redefined the word handsome..and i dont think the word is too happy about it ..
;D

Hawkeye said...

vidya,

i watched 'don' because of some nostalgia. dhoom 2 i think is (plastic)^n.

Hawkeye said...

venkat,

but i do think they have changed for the better over time. there is some good new talent.

they still need a genuine music director

Hawkeye said...

anon,

thanks. havent heard of him

raghuveeran,

ill watch guru though.

Hawkeye said...

nilu,

i think anybody can write a review. the ony qualification for it to be a review is that it has to be a review.

but don is so pedestrian.

Hawkeye said...

I,

regional chauvinism, racism, stereotyping - nee ellam oru indian'a??? answer: yes :-)

i genuinely think hindi movies is not bad as those 90s movies and that they r improving.

Hawkeye said...

deepa,

i seriously though amitbh was his coolest in Don. i cant believe SRK is even being compared

Hawkeye said...

krishna,

i am not able to enjoy it because it has too many loopholes.

i think hindi movies r not growing and other languages are deteriorating.

Hawkeye said...

cerise,

i can see why people like him and why women go ga-ga. but he is no amithabh.

cerisecarnations said...

oh no ..he isnt amitabh..there can be no one like amitabh .women like him because he has perfected the art of playing this romantic loverboy called raj/rahul.However i did like him in swades..restrained acting for the first time

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