A 2006 Bollywood
film, and Farhan Akhtar's remake of the 1978 film
starring Amitabh Bachchan
. This version stars Shah Rukh Khan
, Priyanka Chopra
and Kareena Kapoor
. Follows the conflict between an Indian drug lord's lieutenant (a man known as Don), and his arch-rival; the cop DCP De Silva. After Don's death, De Silva replaces him with his lookalike Vijay in order to dismantle the drug cartel. Two other subplots involve Jasjit (who was screwed over by De Silva) and Roma (who was screwed over by Don.) Many many action scenes ensue
This film provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Roma.
- Air-Vent Passageway: Deepu and Jasjit pull this off.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: The criminal that threatens Jasjit's family. He follows through too, and kills Jasjit's wife.
- Arc Words: "I like wild cats." It's also the reason Roma figures out that Don is, well, Don. Don's catchphrase, listed below, arguably fits this trope, as well.
- Badass Driver: Several escape scenes qualify.
- The Baroness: Anita.
- Best Served Cold: Jasjit and Roma.
- Bound and Gagged: Kamini.
- Catchphrase: "It's not difficult to catch Don. It's impossible." True.
- The Chessmaster: Don and Vardhaan both. Don is the more successful of the two.
- Code Name: You never learn Don's real name.
- Combat Pragmatist: Don. He immediately tries to shoot Kamini in the head when it's revealed she's working with the police.
- Deceptive Disciple: Roma, who is planning to betray Don.
- Detective Mole: De Silva, who is, in fact, Vardhaan and a rival drug lord to Singhania.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Yeh Mera Dil functions as this.
- Drunken Song: Vijay's high, not drunk, but it still counts.
- Eiffel Tower Effect: Many, many establishing shots of the Petronas Twin Towers.
- Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: Averted. Roma's shown training, so her martial arts skills don't come as much of a surprise.
- Fanservice: The camera lingers on Roma in a swimsuit.
- Faux Affably Evil: Don.
- Gambit Pileup: The climax, during which everyone's plots collide.
- Honor Before Reason: Averted completely. Everyone fights dirty.
- "I Am" Song: Quite literally. Main Hoon Don = "I am Don."
- Improbable Weapon User: Don kills people with exploding briefcases and golf balls.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: Roma realizes Vijay has been Don all along when he says "I like wildcats." Slight subversion because he fully meant for her to realize it and revealed this information when there was nothing she could do about it.
- Karma Houdini: Don and Anita.
- MacGuffin: Don's CD of drug cartel contact info.
- Magic Floppy Disk: For all the high tech stuff going on, Don seems to not know about the existence of zip discs.
- Malaysia: Shot there, and it's sponsored by Tourism Malaysia.
- Mexican Standoff: Don and Vardhaan in their end battle.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Viljay chews paan, an addictive stimulant, and is forced to give it up when he becomes Don.
- Neutral Female: Averted. All the main female characters aid in the action somehow.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Roma, as she realizes that her testifying that Don is Vijay led to him escaping from justice.
- Not His Sled: The original Don, released in 1978 and starring Amitabh Bachchan as Don, had Don actually die much earlier, in De Silva's car, so viewers remembering it may think, till the end, that it's Vijay doing all that... till the twist at the end. It was probably for practicality more than shock value - Akhtar is releasing a sequel in December 2011, which, given the original ending, would have been difficult - it was happy and resolved everything.
- Off with His Head!: Don really hates police informers.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Many plot points from the original movie are altered. Possibly to maintain the element of surprise
- Pragmatic Villainy: Don reunites Deepu and Jasjit before abandoning his disguise as Viljay.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Ramesh tries this, anyway...
- Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: Happens to Jasjit, until he agrees to steal diamonds for an unknown criminal. Vardhaan was probably the one to set him up, but it's never fully explained.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: No one gets their revenge on Don. In fact, pretty much everyone is screwed over except for Jasjit.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Cynical. Very, very cynical.
- Stuffed into the Fridge:
- Kamini. In a mild subversion it's Roma who chooses to avenge her. In fact, Kamini was also attempting to avenge her fridged boyfriend.
- Played straight with the death of Jasjit's wife, Geeta.
- Theme Song Reveal:
- Aaj Ki Raat as Roma taunts Anita. In truth it turns out that Anita and Don are mocking Roma and it seems incredibly obvious on rewatches.
- All the songs serve this purpose to a certain extent, actually. Even Khaike Paan!
- Too Dumb to Live:
- Probably Ramesh, too.
- Took a Level in Badass: Vijay, who goes from a bumbling comic character to being able to engage in badass fight sequences. While in the sky after falling from a plane. Subverted when it's revealed that Don knew about Vardhaan's plans from the start and had Vijay killed. The level of badass therefore makes sense for the character involved.
- Touch of Death: Don kills Kamini this way.
- Trick Twist: If you don't know the ending, don't let anyone give it away for you. Just watch the movie and be amazed.
- Unholy Matrimony: Don and Anita can be unexpectedly... adorable.
- Viewers Are Morons: Subverted. Akhtar wants the viewer to go "Wait, what?" and then have your suspicions proved correct.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Subverted in the first five minutes when Don punches a rival's henchwoman in the face.
- Wrongful Accusation Insurance: Vijay killing the henchman who falls out of the prisoner-transport plane is never brought up again.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Don is forced into this because of Vardhaan's plots.