Don 2, released by Reliance, stars Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra.

Don Ko Pakadna Mushkil Hi Nahin, Na-Mumkin Hai” states the tag line to Don 2.  Despite its obvious hyperbole, trust me, substantiating the claim takes a really, really long time.

Don 2 starring Shah Rukh Khan, directed and written by Farhan Akhtar (in association with Ameet Mehta and Amrish Shah), is a slick, twisting thriller from the villain’s vantage point. In earnest, its template is a counterfeit mixture of successful recipes: A mix of James Bond with a twist of Mission: Impossible, add a dash of the Bourne Identity and bake until climax.

Don 2’s double-deception, a continuing fixation from the first Don, by itself is pretty neat. And sometimes, the mix-plate recipe actually works, regardless of its proclivity to state the obvious; but not in the sense of regular Bollywood bastardizations.

Farhan Akhtar has the right idea: create a franchise on an larger-than-life villain. Take him away from India. Have him fabricate an improbable, though not impossible premise and then, let it rip.

The movie starts with an action sequence, five years after Don. Don is a big commodity in Asia, and like every successful merchant, he wants to expand his enterprise overseas — Europe to be precise. This requires creating a little headway in the already overcrowded European underworld market.

The set-up is relatively easy, and SRK — donning stylized, uncombed hair, 10-day facial hair and a big “D” tattooed on his right arm —takes out his welcoming committee with relative ease. He then turns himself in at the gate of Interpol HQ, to a flabbergasted Inspector Malik and Roma (Om Puri and Priyanka Chopra).

Malik is on the verge of retirement, and Roma, Don’s Junglee Billi from the first movie, may be the next in line for promotion. We don’t really know if that promotion happens or not, because both Roma and Malik are put on the backburner. They are treated as a futile hyperlink for narrative consistency.

Roma, although becomes the long arm of the law, is always a step behind Don. There’s always a heavy burdened expression that she does not really believe that Don has turned a new leaf. But that’s OK. We don’t believe him either.

Don meets up with Vardhan (Boman Irani) at a Malaysian prison.  They escape, hire a crack-shot hacker (Kunal Kapoor) and plot to steal the printing plates from a Euro printing bank. SRK is Don, in the literal sense of the word. There’s a subdued cockiness to his attitude that borders on lunacy.

To see SRK barely missing the fine-line between overacting and subdued madness is worth the price of admission alone. And on top of that he fights with the ferocity and technique of a trained spy, rather than a Bollywood hero. There’s a method to his madness that is only hampered by Farhan Akhtar’s overtly-relaxed prose.

Don 2 may be the next big international Bollywood franchise, but it has ways to go if it’s going to compete with the likes of Mission: Impossible.

Mohammad Kamran Jawaid is the resident film critic at Images on Sunday, with an exclusive Second Opinion based film review column “Animadversion”.

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December 28, 2011 5:28 pm
Srk rocks.superb movie.2nd have is fantastic.
December 28, 2011 6:49 pm
pathetic movie. Very pathetic 3D effect.
December 28, 2011 7:30 pm
Its AWESOME really great
December 28, 2011 7:55 pm
awesome movie, srk did a fab job farhan's work appreciated, twist in the second half is amazing.
December 28, 2011 7:58 pm
there is a big mistake in Don 2 when shahrukh place a mask of rithik roshan tht time he sit in a car Mercedes but when when he was driving a car & its clashes with other cars that time it was Honda so its big mistake please recheck a movie tht part again. jehanzaib UAE
sreejayan m m
December 28, 2011 8:38 pm
good movie.suspense thriller and will break the collection record of 3 idiots.
rana Amir
December 28, 2011 9:46 pm
Real king of Bollywood and wonderful movie..
December 28, 2011 10:18 pm
Great movie high standards SRK rocks
December 28, 2011 10:28 pm
I m not a SRK fan but the movie is excelent great perfomance fron SRK
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December 28, 2011 11:09 pm
Great action movie
December 28, 2011 11:18 pm
don really rocks guyzz 1 cn beats srk ...he is only a king khan n he will b .....
December 29, 2011 12:51 pm
no no its always a honda car not a merc benz
December 29, 2011 1:09 pm
Pathetic movie
December 29, 2011 1:58 pm
First of all it wasn't a Honda it was a Hyundai. And it always was a Hyundai... It never was a Merc... I guess the turn signals on the side mirrors lead you to believe that it was a Merc!
December 29, 2011 5:12 pm
DOn2 is fantastic movie kindly go for it : From SRK - Vadodara
Don 1
December 29, 2011 5:16 pm
super dupper floop movie don2.
December 29, 2011 7:24 pm
don2 is a mind blowing movie...........
December 29, 2011 9:21 pm
go and watch the mvie dude...its awsum... SRK rockzzzzz KING IS BACK
December 29, 2011 10:04 pm
The movie rocks.. SRK at his best.
December 29, 2011 10:30 pm
This movie Rock...
December 29, 2011 11:06 pm
it was spectacular though there wasnt enough story in it
December 29, 2011 11:19 pm
jst saw don2 for d 4th time.its mind srk movie.......srk at his best
December 30, 2011 12:10 am
Just watched it it is an awesome movie. I love it, it just has a very good plot and everything I absoloutely loved it! :)
December 30, 2011 3:20 am
no. sorry the both are hyundai not merc or honda
December 30, 2011 8:35 am
srk rocks in don2 super hit movie
December 30, 2011 9:41 am
very good movie
asli don
December 30, 2011 10:22 am
excellent movie, no question about that. not much in terms of 3d effects low ratings in my view. Priyanka Chopra looking nice and lara dutta looking very hot.
December 30, 2011 11:44 am
December 30, 2011 11:50 am
i loved don 2 SRK is very cool and rocks i am his very big fan i want to meet him
December 30, 2011 1:04 pm
"To see SRK barely missing the fine-line between overacting and subdued madness is worth the price of admission alone. And on top of that he fights with the ferocity and technique of a trained spy, rather than a Bollywood hero. There’s a method to his madness that is only hampered by Farhan Akhtar’s overtly-relaxed prose." Truly, well-said. Don is a larger-than-life character and hence a bit of over-acting is only natural on SRK's part. But some people don't see them and claim he was hamming it. Sometimes it irks that people don't appreciate the actor in SRK, choosing only to stereotype him and see only the surface which is his superstardom and charisma/screen presence.
December 30, 2011 3:24 pm
Its an awesome movie. Great action, great execution and as a super cool villian SRK rocks. One of the best movies to come out of bollywwod...keep it coming !!
December 30, 2011 6:13 pm
This was not as good as the don (farhan akhtar), which itself was not as good as the original dawn. Original Dawn has original scenes. The new ones are too artificial.
srk forever
December 31, 2011 9:41 pm
don 2 is simply a superb movie....the best movie of srk till date....king is king and dats srk for u
January 1, 2012 1:13 pm
Sharukh is the king of bollywood he is one of the perfect husbnd and as well as a good actor
January 3, 2012 10:13 am
My husband has gone to watch a 6:00pm session today with 2 other mates of his! I want to watch it to but im stuck looking after my 1 month and day old baby boy! Maybe next time! How long does the movie go on for?
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