Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Film Review-Don & Jan-e-man


Starring: ShahRukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Rampal, Isha Koppikar/ Salman Khan , Akshay Kumar, Priety Zinta.

Director: Farhan Akhtar/ Sirish Kunder

Rating: * *

Writing a separate review for these two films didn't make sense coz they are really not worth it. The biggest problem is that both the films are competing one another for "the lengthiest film" title. I cant understand why we cant get the 3 hrs duration block out of our heads. Everything about Don is suave, hi-tech and sexy except the length ofcourse, which is excruciatingly painful. On the other hand the same problem with Jan-e-man, big sets, big actors, bearable story, but again the length of the film is annoying. It seems like you can go into the movie hall single and come out married with grown up kids, I swear I mean it.
Ok I agree, with Don, Farhan atleast gave two twists which were commendable. Those twists are the only things that don't make you tear your hair in frustration. And ditto for Jan-e-man, a few funny gags and some amazing visuals may help you not walk out of the hall. The biggest surprise is that Sirish Kunder who made this painful film is supposed to be a good editor.
Moving on to the music section, Don has nothing worthwhile except the two songs from the original out of which "Yeh mera dil" is a total disappointment, thanks to the over weight Kareena and puny lil Shahrukh. The other song "Kaike paan banaraswaala" is bearable and Sharukh has quite lived upto the expectation in this song, but Priyanka simply misses the boat.
I thought songs of Jan-e-man are good but to my horror when I saw them in the film, they are nothing but a piece of crap. The director tries to take the story ahead with the songs but unfortunately fails miserably.
A+ to cinematography in both the films.
The performances vary from bad to above average. Lets start with Don first. Isha Koppikar what are you doing in that 1 scene and 1 song role, on second thoughts, maybe you deserve it. Mr. Arjun stiff Rampal, I need not say more. Boman Irani does a good job , but when is that not the case? Kareena maybe needs another life to do a Helen. And the leading lady (I doubt I can call her that) Priyanka, she was overshadowed in Krrish and is sidelined in Don, and she's done what Zeenat Aman couldnt i.e faulter. And as far as SRK goes, I will try and be a little liberal this time, he's quite bearable. He tries to do something different and thankfully he doesn't play Raj or Rahul. So yeah, not bad.
Then there is Jan-e-man , Ms. Jan-e-man aka Priety Zinta enroutes a la Kal Ho Na ho so thats that, monotony at its best. Akshay is ok but his spastic laugh gets on your nerves. Salman is the best of the lot, but then again we have seen him in this avataar far too many times to appreciate it.
My advice , you can rather go to your terrace and watch the sparkles in the sky this Diwali instead of wasting time on "DON (Yawn)" or "Junk-e-man"

-Sanketh Rao.