Over this last weekend I finally had the opportunity to watch a movie which had been preying on my mind for the last two weeks, making me even more curious than I usually am, and for a bloodhound like me, that's saying something. So I'd wanted to watch the redone version of 'Don' for quite some time, for my very own very special reasons. Firstly, as a child, I had so loved the original, which had gone the closest to the slinky, stylish, vaguely James Bond-ish world of gangsters, or atleast, the version of gangster life most familiar to the rest of us. Also, in my heart of hearts, I've always wanted to be a gun moll. Ok, let's face it...which girl hasn't?
So this Saturday was the day. And I wasn't totally disappointed, as many dire warnings had predicted. Yes, it was long, and confusing. Yes, there were a couple of rather tedious songs. Yes, SRK had hammed up liberally (but that was totally expected). Yes it wasn't as cleanly done as the original. But I still enjoyed it. It was slick, stylish and really....well, no other word for it..really cool. The champagne, the guns, the cars......everything was deliciously over the top. The molls were dumb and stunning, thus living up to my expectations completely. And a couple of times, I had discreetly started performing some rather bad dance moves of my own inside the theatre.
Then I wondered why most people who watch remakes keep harping about how it isn't as great as the original. My point, people, is that it isn't the original. I mean, imagine if you went to the parents of a newborn child, and told them, "You're baby is cute, but not as good as the original".
Also, I wondered how a gangster would feel on watching this portrait of a lifetsyle which would most probably be very far removed from his. Especially the ex-Miss World dancing to his tunes. He'd probably feel rather ironically indignant at the lack of honesty in this world. And for once, he'd be the one feeling thoroughly cheated..