Actor Sivakarthikeyan’s today release ‘Don’ is written and directed by debut filmmaker Cibi Chakaravarthi. SJ Suryah, Samuthirakani, Priyanka Arul Mohan, RJ Vijay, Bala Saravanan, and a few more actors are a part of the star cast. Anirudh has composed music for this film, produced by Sivakarthikeyan Productions in association with Lyca Productions.
The film starts with the protagonist Chakaravarthi (Sivakarthikeyan) traveling to his college for some reason. During his journey, he narrates the college chronicles that gifted him lots of happiness, fun, love, and more than all, some emotional moments, life lessons with some losses.
Cibi Chakaravarthi has recorded his life experiences in this movie, which is very much evident in the protagonist’s character name. We can even relate some real-life moments in Sivakarthikeyan’s life as well (Spoiler Free! So we aren’t revealing them here). Of course, when a movie is made with a look-back experience, it gives a similar feeling to any audience in the theaters. Especially, when it comes to doing something with college life and the adolescent phase, we are inclined to recollections indeed. In this aspect, Cibi Chakaravarthi has done the script work neatly, which is entertaining in many parts. But we get to realize that his main intention with ‘Don’ wasn’t about entertaining the audiences but giving them a bunch of emotions to take back home.
When it comes to performance, it’s SJ Suryah and Samuthirakani, who completely dominate the show. Naturally, Sivakarthikeyan is known for taking a cakewalk in jovial characters, but in ‘Don’, he steals the show in very scenes alone. Say, for instance, the parent-professor meeting drama, where he and Soori enact a play leaves the entire theater in extreme laughter. Usually, Sivakarthikeyan movies would have more such scenes, but in this movie, they are slightly limited. Of course, he entertains the audiences with his college boy avatar, but when it comes to intense scenes, it’s SJ Suryah and Samuthirakani. Priyanka Arul Mohan excels well in her school portions, but then, her college girl portions are just okay.
The movie has three songs out of which Jalabulajangu is sure to offer 100% celebration in the theaters. The other songs ‘Bae’ and ‘Private Party’ are nowhere close to the film’s screenplay, but the way, they are shot and presented gives an entertaining experience. When it comes to checking the minus, there aren’t many, except for the stretched-out screenplay. To be precise, we see Sivakarthikeyan’s character making a short film at the end, which is a tweaked version of this full-length feature. Significantly, it gives a clear impression that ‘Don’ is a short film material, but Cibi has carefully managed to expand it with commercial elements. However, as you walk out of the theater, it’s the last 25 minutes that stick to your memory.
Verdict: DON is a feel-good entertainer that deserves special appreciation for a beautiful message on family and relationship values.