I am Re-Don!
Well, we can't say that Shah Rukh quite fills them, but he does infuse the 2006 remake of Don with a certain likability. Or at least interestingability. Crucial to the 2006 Don's (or, as we like to call it, Re-Don) success are its departures from the original. And we don't mean adding a techno beat to Khaike Paan Banaras Wala, but rather turning much of the original's core on its head and presenting us with a more cynical, post-2000, post-9/11 world of crime. Here, the criminal activities are loud and clear: "Do you have my COCAINE?" Re-Don asks with subtlety in the very first scene. And whereas the old Don showed us that all it takes is some long limbs and dancing moves to ensure that good triumphs over evil, Re-Don is a little more ambiguous: there's something sinister in all that spunk.
Lovin' the beige-ish, green-ish stylin'. And that insidie tie? Whoo.
If you're unfamiliar with the storyline, read our review of the original for the low-down. In the superficial sense, nothing has changed. Cheap tech has been replaced by snazzier special effects, luxurious Malaysia and the towers of Kuala Lumpur have replaced Bombay, and boring old John Abraham with his boringly plastic model looks has replaced the totally awesome PRAN! Also Munni is inexplicably missing.
Someone in another blog wrote that when you stop comparing Re-Don to the original Don, it starts improving. Taken on its own, it's sleek and sharp and cool. It relishes in style. Just look at the way Don likes to wear matching ties inside his collar! Madness, or perhaps... genius. The composer resisted re-making all the songs, and so we're presented with a number of (generally enjoyable) originals. Om Puri (yes, you read correctly, OM PURI) appears every so often as the Interpol officer.
The hyped-up Khaike..., wherein the bhang was apparently laced with speed. Look at that sweat!
A lot of people apparently enjoy an evil Shah Rukh. We at the PPCC are not fans. While his handsomeness remains undimmed, that whole jaw-clenched, English-interjecting style he gets going during his evil scenes always rings hokey for us. Kareena Kapoor, unfortunately but characteristically, improves once she leaves the scene. John Abraham is a turn-off with his non-Pran-ness, but he becomes acceptable thanks to his convincing fatherly love. Om Puri is a joy to watch, as usual, though he seems just as surprised as us that he's in this film.