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Don 2 - Farhan Akhtar Missed the Trick

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Movie: Don 2
Director: Farhan Akhtar
Year: 2011
Stars: Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Om Puri, Lara Datta, Florian Likas and Kunal Kapoor

Snapshot of the Story

Thrilling fight scene, smashing car chases, boats blown up in the air with smoke every where and a plot based around robbery inspired from the movie “Ocean 11” and “Mission Impossible” the movie Don 2 tries to re-create the same magic as it created in 2006 with remake of original Don in 1978 starting Amitabh Bachchan. Shahrukh Khan is in the role of flamboyant criminal named “Don”, planning a bank robbery and looking for a safe escape from there.

Movie review and ratings of most awaited movie of 2011 -Don 2

Movie review and ratings of most awaited movie of 2011 -Don 2


Don 2 is an action packed film and pre-release interviews of Farhan Akhtar suggested that one should not watch this movie with expectations apart from action and thrill, but after watching the movie I felt let down and has nothing much that excites the audience apart from random car chasing scenes.

Story of Don 2 revolves around a bank robbery by Don (Shahrukh Khan) and for this he takes help of his friend or should call him enemy Vardhan (Boman Irani) who is in a Malaysian jail and escapes with help from Don. Don (Shahrukh Khan) creates a plan to get out of jail along with Vardhan (Boman Irani) and creates a master plan of bank robbery. Kunal Kapoor plays the role of a hacker that helps them to break into the security system of the bank and is picked for this assignment. Lara Datta plays the role of Don’s girlfriend and proves that the old saying “Beauty with Brain” is actually true.

Om Puri plays the role of Interpol chief and Priyanka Chopra as Roma is an Interpol investigating officer that carries old rivalry with Don (Shahrukh Khan). Movie “Don 2”
entertains you in the first half and has some good action scenes but as soon as the story enters into the second half the story looses its grip with the audience. “Don 2” in the second half is a bit slow and has nothing much to offer other than the predictable robbery and Don’s escape.

Movie Reviews and Ratings of Don 2

Movie Reviews and Ratings of Don 2

Director Farhan Akhtar has written some good Donism for “Don 2” that show he lives Don unlike any one else and expresses this in his personal interview with Farhan Akhtar where he said that the original Don in 1978 was a life changing movie for him.

Final Thoughts

Director Farhan Akhtar has worked well on the script but could not create the movie with the same intensity as one had expected. Shahrukh Khan was good in the movie and was good in action scenes but he was bit boring at times and I am sure his fans would think the same. Priyanka Chopra was good with her share of action scenes and looked natural. Kunal Kapoor fits well for the role of young computer hacker. There is no room for hit music in this movie and looks like Farhan Akhtar missed the trick here. Unfortunately, the producers worked more on the hype than to bring about a movie that excelled the original.

We give “Don 2” 6 out of 10, “Don 2” was the most awaited movie of 2011 and expectations were high but the audience gets nothing much apart from few good action scenes. The whole second half of the movie was slow and tiring to watch.

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Dostana - Laugh out Loud with First Ever Gay Onscreen Couple

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Movie: Dostana (Friendship)
Director: Tarun Mansukhani
Year: 2008
Stars: John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and Bobby Deol

Snapshot of the Story

Dostana is story of Sameer (Abhishek Bachchan) and Kunal (John Abraham) looking for an apartment in Miami. Unfortunately they find a posh apartment, but they have to pretend that they are Gay to secure it as they share the apartment with beautiful and gorgeous Neha (Priyanka Chopra). But both of them fall in love with Neha and try to impress her. But here also they are unlucky and found that she is dating her boss. The story becomes very interesting as Neha comes to know that both Sameer and Kunal are straight.

Movie Reviews and Ratings of Dostana

Movie Reviews and Ratings of Dostana


Dostana is first movie for the director Tarun Masukhani and before this he was working behind the camera as assistant director for movies like “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” and “Kal Ho Naa Ho”.

Dostana is a story of two friends Sameer and Kunal looking for a place to live in Miami. Unfortunately the apartment they find suitable has been shared by Neha, but in front of apartment owner they pretend that they are gay to gain access to this apartment. Not knowing the fact Neha stays very freely with them and feels comfortable in the inner wares. Both Sameer and Kunal fall in love with her, but cannot tell her as they are strangled in their own gay drama of their making.

Neha is an independent girl and works for a fashion magazine. She calls her boss Abhimanyu (Bobby Deol) at her place for dinner and try to impress her hoping that he nominates her for a high post as he is about to join another fashion house. However, that does not work well, but both Neha and Abhimanyu starts dating and falling in love. But both Kunal and Sameer also loves Nahe and they start playing dirty tricks with both of them to create confusion to break their relationship. However, when nothing works for them they play a prank and taste success in breaking up their relationship.

Their success has a bitter ending as Neha comes to know that both Kunal and Sameer are not gay and have been foolng her all this time and she wants them to leave the apartment. Now Sameer and Kunal decide that they will help Neha and Abhimanyu reunite.

Final Thoughts

Dostana is a mixed bag of comedy, emotions and romance that makes an engaging story to watch. The first onscreen gay kiss on Bollywood created a buzz and was the talk of the town shared by Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. The entire credit goes to director Tarun Masukhani by showing a gay couple with such grace keeping in mind that Indian society is still at a very young age even to think of gay couple and such things are not spoken openly. Music by duo Vishal – Shekhar was the chart topper and they also bagged the Filfare award for bagged music. Abhishek Bachchan also got his best actor award from Filfare that is the one of the most prestigious award in Indian Cinema.


Dostana scores 8 out 10 for choosing such a sensitive topic and showing it with so much grace and comedy. Actors did a fantastic job specially Abheshek and John Abraham and Priyanka looked gorgeous as ever.

  • John Abraham is very comfortable in taking his cloths off in Dostana. Read the full interview with Rajeev Masand

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