Don 2 (also known as Don: The King Is Back) is a 2011 Indian action thriller film co-written and directed by Farhan Akhtar. It is the second installment of the Don series. The film was produced by Excel and Red Chillies Entertainment. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Om Puri, Boman Irani and Kunal Kapoor. A sequel to Don (2006), the film picks up five years after the previous film: The titular character, now the leader of the Asian underworld, plans to take over the European drug cartel. Meanwhile, Roma has joined the Interpol with a mission to hunt him down.
Screenplay by Farhan Akhtar
Music by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Release date 23 December 2011
Running time 144 minutes
Budget ₹760 million
Box office ₹2.28 billion
After the success of the first film, a sequel was immediately planned. However, several delays including the selection of the right script, caused the film to be pushed ahead. The film was officially announced in early 2010, with filming scheduled to begin in later that year. Two fans of the previous film, Ameet Mehta and Amrish Shah approached Akhtar with a storyline and later they co-wrote the film with him. Principal photography took place in Berlin, where it was shot extensively. Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy returned to compose the soundtrack of the film, with Javed Akhtar penning the lyrics.
The film was released on 23 December 2011 by Reliance Entertainment in 2D and 3D formats, which also included dubbed versions in Telugu and Tamil languages. The film had a generally positive critical reception from critics, receiving praise for the cast's performance, cinematography, production design and action sequences. However, its pace, writing and music received criticism. With a box office gross of over ₹2.28 billion, Don 2 was a major box office success. At the time of its release, the film was one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time and is the fourth highest-grossing Indian film of 2011.
The film received a number of accolades across various ceremonies in India. The film received five nominations at the 57th Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director for Akhtar and Best Actor for Khan, winning Best Sound Design and Best Action.
Shah Rukh Khan as Don
Priyanka Chopra as Roma
Boman Irani as Vardhaan
Lara Dutta as Ayesha
Kunal Kapoor as Sameer
Om Puri as Vishal Malik, head of the Malaysian INTERPOL
Alyy Khan as Jamal Khawar (J.K.)
Nawab Shah as Abdul Jabbar
Sahil Shroff as Arjun
Florian Lukas as Jens Berkel
Rajesh Khattar as Singhania
Hrithik Roshan as Don in disguise(cameo)
Rike Schmid as Yana, Sameer's girlfriend
About a sequel(Don 3 in 2019), Shahrukh Khan said: "It would be great to revisit Don after sometime. I’ve told Farhan that we could take 60 days out of our schedule and make a Don 3. But we need a script first, one that could take the last 10 minutes of Don 2 forward to another differently exciting thriller." Farhan Akhtar also expressed a desire to take the story forward, and said he was fascinated by the character of Don. However, the filmmaker wanted to explore other genres without restriction and added that he was currently focusing on his acting career. In August 2014, It is reported that Farhan Akhtar is planned to play a role in the film. In October 2015, director Farhan Akhtar said that Don 3 will go on floors by late 2016. However, the film is at scripting stage. It has also been reported that Katrina Kaif will replace Priyanka Chopra in the next installment But the makers denied it stating that the only constant in the third installment will be Don and the rest of the characters will be dependent on the script.