Shahrukh as Don V/s Big B as Don
With the commercial unveiling of “Don2” slated round the corners, it is yet to be seen if national as well as international release of the much hyped sequel lives up to its signature fanfare. The film starring the proverbial ‘Badshah’ of Bollywood in the main lead comes as a follow-up to its preceding counterpart ‘Don’- which also had the Badshah in the stellar role.
‘Don’ depicting SRK in the lead alongside of Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Rampal and Isha Koppikar happened to be the remade version of Big B’s Don- released in 1978. Having claimed a prestigious entry into the highly acclaimed ‘Berlin Film Festival’; the potboiler which marked the directorial venture of Farhan Akhtar earned substantial profit at the box-office front. The mind-blowing blockbuster depicted Don as a noted criminal escaping unscathed after playing cat and mouse with men in authority; hoodwinking them quite a number of times. With tropical Langkawi providing the situational base, the remade extravaganza had a scintillating musical score essayed by the prolific trio of Sankar- Ehsaan & Loy. Two of the original numbers were revamped to suit the remade version. While the item number ‘Yeh Mera Dil’ sung by Sunidhi Chauhan had sultry Kareena Kapoor gyrating to its chirpy beats; ‘Khaike paan Banaras wala’ served to reaffirm its affinity to the original bonanza.
The inspiringly original version of ‘Don’ had Big B essaying the title role. The sensational movie of Nariman Irani managed for itself the third spot in respect of profit counts. The plot with its powerful mesh of complexities unveiled the elusive power play of Don as he managed to trick and twist his way from those in authority. Though some minor modifications were brought in; Zeenat Aman the lead actress of the initial version was refreshingly mesmerized to see through its recreated counterpart. To go by the words of the phenomenal actress it was “…old wines in new bottles”. Despite, eliminating some of the leading scenes involving the anti-hero protagonist both the original as well as the inspired version had the requisite amalgam to dictate box office turnout. While director Chandra Barot ascribed the phenomenal success of ‘Don’ to the crowd pulling number of ‘Khaike paan Banaras wala…’ the remade version owed its success to the shared mix of action, screenplay, breathtaking item song and anti hero persona of SRK. With Shah Rukh Khan crying himself hoarse about his newly found anti-romantic stance, taking pride in delineating villainous portraits, it remains to be seen to what extent ‘Don2’ can add on to the infamous dimension of the ruling persona.