Don 2 (2011)

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Don 2 Movie Official PosterDon 2 is a 2011 Indian action film directed by Farhan Akhtar. It is a sequel to the 2006 film, Don: The Chase Begins Again. The film stars Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles while Om Puri, Lara Dutta and Kunal Kapoor play supporting characters. Don 2 was filmed in Thailand, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur and Switzerland. The plot of the film continues from the end of the first film, starting in Malaysia and moving to Europe where Don, now the indisputable king of the Asian underworld, aims to take over the European drug cartel.

The release and marketing of the film was carried out on 23 December 2011 by Reliance Entertainment, in both 2D and 3D formats, which included the dubbed versions in Tamil and Telugu. The film marks Farhan Akhtar’s return to direction after a gap of nearly 5 years. It also marks Khan’s return to playing villainous characters since his earlier films like Darr and Baazigar. Don 2 is the first sequel in Khan’s two-decade long career.

Upon release, while Indian critics gave positive to mixed reviews, overseas film critics praised it. The film has been widely appreciated for its action, direction and cinematography with Shahrukh Khan receiving accolades for his performance, though criticism has been generated regarding the pace and music.

Plot:

The bosses of the European drug cartel meet in the French Riviera to discuss a new threat emerging from Asia. Don (Shahrukh Khan) is jeopardizing their business because he is able to sell drugs at a much lower price to their customers. The bosses send word out that Don must die. Don has been living in Thailand for the past five years and goes to a remote settlement to pick up a shipment of cocaine. Instead of a normal transaction, Don has to fight his way out because the more powerful European dealers want him dead. He then inexplicable goes back to Malaysia where he surrenders to Roma (Priyanka Chopra) and Inspector Malik (Om Puri). Don is sentenced to death and sent to a Malaysian prison where he meets his old rival Vardhaan (Boman Irani). Don and Vardhaan escape the prison by poisoning all the inmates and go to Zurich, Switzerland, where Don meets his girlfriend and trusted companion, Ayesha (Lara Dutta). In Zurich, they retrieve the contents of a locker only Vardhaan could access. The locker holds a tape that shows Diwan (Aly Khan), the vice president of a Euro printing bank called the DZB, bribing someone to kill a competitor. Don blackmails Diwan into giving him the blueprints to the bank so that he can steal the printing plates. Diwan gives him fake information and hires assassins instead. Don manages to escape and forces the assassins to work for him. Diwan, left with no choice, hands over the real information.

Don and his new team plan a bank robbery and carry out their plan by taking hostages. After stealing the printing plates, Don is betrayed by Vardhaan and his team but manages to escape. However, one of the members, Sameer (Kunal Kapoor), remains loyal to Don. Following Don’s plan, he calls the police and Don is captured. Unable to enter the bank and free the hostages, the police are forced to work with Don to get back into the bank in exchange for immunity in Germany. Don and Roma manage to reach Vardhaan but Roma is shot because she refuses to kill Don when told to do so. This gives an idea that Roma still has soft corner for Don, even though he killed her brother five years ago. Don, Vardhaan and his thugs fight and Don manages to defeat them. He then gets his immunity papers and takes Roma to an ambulance. Don and Roma exchange one glance at each other before the ambulance doors close. He later detonates a bomb he planted earlier in Diwan’s car. It is revealed that Don actually still has one of the money plates, which the police believe is destroyed in the explosion that kills Diwan. The police cannot do anything as Don has immunity and do not know that Don has a plate. Don also gives the police a disc of all his associates but it is really a disc with the names of the European drug cartel. All the members of the cartel are arrested and Don becomes the king of the European underworld.

D2 official teaser video:

Cast

Shahrukh Khan as Don
Priyanka Chopra as Roma
Boman Irani as Vardhaan
Om Puri as CBI Officer Vishal Malik
Lara Dutta as Lara
Kunal Kapoor as Sameer Ali
Hrithik Roshan Special Appearance

The idea for a sequel has been conceptualized ever since the first movie was released, and a sequel was announced by Farhan Akhtar shortly after the release. However, he was involved with other commitments while Shah Rukh Khan also gave his dates to the movies Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and My Name Is Khan. Recently, however, Akhtar revealed that the script and locations for the movie has been finalized.

Shooting for Don 2 began from October 10, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Also, Shah Rukh Khan was asked to bulk up for the movie and to develop a six-pack. As of December 2010, shooting has ended in Berlin, Germany and actors have returned to India. As of February 2011, the actors had been flown to Malaysia for the second phase of the shoot which lasted for a month. Filming in Malaysia ended on March 22, 2011. It is also stated that Farhan Akhtar will follow Don 2 with Don 3:The Chase Ends the third and final entry of the Don Series.

The film would be a Christmas release and will release on 23 December 2011 in 3D. The film is also expected to be dubbed in Malayalam,Telugu and Tamil which will be releasing along with the Hindi version. Farhan Akhtar has announced a sequel to Don 2.

The film’s original score and soundtrack has been composed by the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

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