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Thursday, September 28, 2006

I am the K..K..K..King

Saw the trailer on Youtube today.

Looks pretty darn slick. Chases, explosions, action pieces and gunplay set to a remixed 'Arey Deewanon...' instrumental. Nice work.

Of course, I share other's apprehensions about SRK's "interpretation" of the original Don. Just hearing him say 'Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin..." is cringe-inducing. Amitabh was uber-cool in the original, and I imagine SRK will try to outdo that. Indeed, the promos I have seen so far (and the trailer) show him swaggering around with tons of attitude.

Having said that, I have immense faith in Farhan as a director, so fingers crossed.

The trailer also shows a couple of new characters that I haven't seen earlier - Boman Irani in Iftekhar's role, and Om Puri in Om Shivpuri's (!) role. Oh... and Arjun Rampal in Pran's role. WTF?

While on this topic, the music of the new Don is pretty mediocre. I was expecting more from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and the only song on the soundtrack that really rocks is 'Aaj Ki Raat.' The Don theme is good, and 'Main Hoon Don' kind of grows on you. 'Yeh Mera Dil' sounds like a bad T-series remix though and 'Khaike Paan...' is marginally better, mostly because of the thumping bassline. Disappointing.

Incidentally, I remember hearing/reading about a fallout between the Bachchans and SRK - allegedly to do with Abhishek's growing popularity. Not sure what the story is these days, but Amitabh could nuke this film purely by orchestrating a re-release of the original Don this Diwali. Of course, this wouldn't do Abhishek and Farhan Akhtar any favours..... Just a thought.

Sidebar. Read Jabberwock's piece here on KANK for his take on the SRK - Karan Johar erm.... relationship. And a comment on this piece here is quite insightful...