This One Tiny Detail You Missed In The Movie "Don" Will Change How You See It
Yeh easter egg spot karna mushkil hi nahin, namumkin hai.
Hi, I’m Ria, and like most other people, I whiled away my time under lockdown by binge watching unhealthy amounts of movies and television. While the convenience and quality of OTT platforms is unbeatable, sometimes you just want a good, old-fashioned TV and movie session. Which is why, one night, I ended up watching Don (2006), starring Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra.
Now, the last time I watched this movie was when it released — when I was barely seven years old. So, understandably, some of the nods and details went over my head. This time around, I paid attention and came across an easter egg hidden about half an hour into the movie’s runtime.
🚨🚨🚨WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!🚨🚨🚨
As Narang (Pavan Malhotra) and Don (Shah Rukh Khan) enter Don’s personal chamber, there is a key moment where we are shown the safe where Don keeps a disc containing all the details about their drug cartel. The room itself is lavishly decorated — there are sculptures, paintings, pottery, and, of course, drugs. However, one element in the background set-up caught my eye.
As they enter, you can see a painting beside the door. Take a closer look.
Noticed it yet?
This is The Scream, one of the most iconic paintings, made by Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch in 1893.
And that is when my mind was blown.
In 2004, The Scream was actually stolen from its location at the Munch Museum in Oslo, along with another of Munch’s paintings. The theft of the internationally famous work created ripples worldwide.
Now, since Don released in 2006, it was actually under production when The Scream was missing. As police and detectives embarked on a worldwide search for the painting and the thieves, Farhan Akhtar surreptitiously sneaked it into Don's lair. Which brings me to my hypothesis: in the Don film universe, Don and his gang actually stole The Scream.
This is also not a new gimmick — stolen paintings have been included as an inside joke in the Bond movies Dr. No (1962) and again in Spectre (2015).
Now, of course, in real life, the thieves were caught, and the paintings were recovered in August 2006. In October 2006, Don was released to critical and commercial acclaim.
According to sources online, the Scream plot point was actually used to promote the movie in Europe, but not in India, perhaps under the assumption that audiences would not recognise the painting or understand the importance of the detail. Now, however, with the spread of the internet and pop culture, audiences even in India can view the film with this discerning eye.