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Will Farhan come up with a realistic 'Don 2'?

Rohit Vats | http://nawabjha

Updated: December 6, 2011, 5:40 PM IST
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Will Farhan come up with a realistic 'Don 2'?
'Don 2: The Chase Continues' is expected to start from where 'Don: The Chase Begins' had left the viewers.

New Delhi: 'Don 2: The Chase Continues' is expected to start from where 'Don: The Chase Begins' had left the viewers. The first version of the 'Don' saga had released in 2006 and Farhan Akhtar is returning to direction after a gap of five years.

Although there is no established theory about a good actor being a fine director but knowing the nuances of the craft always helps a storyteller. 'Rock On', 'Luck By Chance', 'Karthik Calling Karthik', and 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' have more or less shown Farhan in the same light as all the four characters belonged to the upper strata of society. He looked comfortable in the skin of the lead man despite a husky voice but the art of direction is something different. Here, the director needs to understand the particulars related with every actor and prop.

Farhan looked designer in his first film 'Dil Chahta Hai' and has dealt with plots familiar to the upper class since then.

His characters are well bred and belong to the affluent class of the society. Their sophisticated mannerism speaks at length about their backgrounds. 'Don' was also not an exception.

Vijay, Shah Rukh's character in the film, couldn't boast of a comfortable upbringing but he does not give a trace of his past after becoming Don. Of course, it was part of the story and he was supposed to do so but any other actor could have done the same thing simply because Farhan Akhtar couldn't polish an earthy and raw character.

Shah Rukh Khan looked the obvious choice because he is urbane in his normal life also. As far as crudeness of the role is concerned, Shah Rukh can't pull off characters which require him to opt for dialects.

Films like 'Ram Jaane' and 'Duplicate' featured SRK as bad mouthed gangster but the films were not accepted by the audiences possibly because they had developed a different picture of Shah Rukh in their minds after 'DDLJ' and 'Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman'.

Farhan Akhtar's 'Lakshya' was about a guy who does not need to think about his daily bread and butter. He had the luxury of finding the true meaning of life without getting worried about the typical responsibilities that young Indians need to shoulder.

Amitabh's role also had the charm but he had managed to look like a common man's hero. On the other hand, Shah Rukh Khan is always Shah Rukh Khan, the superstar of Bollywood. Farhan Akhtar was not successful in making SRK a gritty commoner despite all the lip twisting and neck stretching.

Nobody can ask any director to mould his characters in a particular manner but probably a less sophisticated gangster will be closer to the non-multiplex going audiences.

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First Published: December 6, 2011, 5:40 PM IST
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