So I finally watched Don. Like for Sharon, the verdict was out on whether to watch it before or after the new one, but I figured it was time to break the recent string of terribly terrible movies with surety and style. Bow-tie-with-slacks style, preferably.
I enjoyed Don very much. And while it has its share of completely ridiculous moments* - the tightrope being the high point of disbelief, as Maja pointed out, but don't forget the flaming car at the graveyard or knowing the van with the vault would stop exactly over that utility hole cover (I didn't drive while I was there, but I reckon from what I observed that Mumbai traffic is not that predictable) - it was good fun, and who cares, right? This is canon, and even if I don't entirely understand why, I'll accept it as so.
What I do feel I can comment on is how SRK will do. (Please note I have watched none of the teasers for the new movie, so forgive me if I'm talking about things that don't exist in the new movie or whatever. I'm just basing this on the knowledge that SRK is playing that character.) I hope he pulls it off in the appropriate spirit rather than as a duplication - this is how I felt about the first Bridget Jones's Diary movie, which had a seriously messed-with plot but captured the spirit of the book quite satisfactorily. While I am not a Big B junkie, I know enough to know it's better to nod to the legend than to try to replicate him. I really liked parts of Duplicate and look forward to SRK doing character-with-in-a-character again. And surely he could do a loopy street performer really well. And you know what? I think Priyanka will stink on ice. I so believed that Zeenat Aman had fun with that role, and I can't imagine Priyanka demonstrating that kind of glee.
And yes, I would like to read Roma's blog. But it's hard to keep one when you're under cover.
And yes, I loved Roma's gaucho pants and strappy wedge sandals.
OHMYGOD. I am listening to some Bollywood web radio station and there is a really awful song on, with the lyrics "love you unconditionally, soniye" being sung by a voice that surely must be Sir Whiny McNasal. I am so tired of him. Shutupshutupshutup. I wonder if the rest of the lyrics are this stupid? OHMYGOD I just changed the channel and he's on that one too. RRRRR.
* I watched this with one of my Indian viewing companions from Lage Raho Munna Bhai, and as much as he loves movies, he too was having issues with suspension of disbelief. He would point at things and say "See? Typical Hindi film." When JJ was trying to figure out how to escape with his kids and spies the rope conveniently sitting in the corner, my friend said "Bah! That is there just so he can use it. Typical Hindi film!" This makes me think that we should award THF prizes for the moments when this kind of thing happens. Like Totally Basmatic's Dumb English Lyrics.