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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    As they enter, you can see a painting beside the door. Take a closer look.

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    Noticed it yet?

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    This is The Scream, one of the most iconic paintings, made by Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch in 1893.

    Munch Museum

    Interesting easter egg, and pretty cool by itself. Director Farhan Akhtar could have sourced any random painting for the background, but chose to go with a world-renowned masterpiece. Perhaps this is a nod to Don’s cultured taste? I was impressed by the attention to detail, and decided to do a little more digging.

    And that is when my mind was blown.

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    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.

    On this day in 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting 'The Scream' was stolen from an Oslo art gallery. It was the second time in about a decade that same painting had been stolen from that same gallery.

    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.

    It makes perfect sense — Don is an international criminal, has a taste for finery, likes to be unique, and possess masterpieces, so what better than to steal an internationally famous painting? What if, when Don says “Don ka intezaar toh gyarah mulkon ki police kar rahi hai,” one of those mulks is… Norway?

    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).

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    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.

    You can’t change my mind — Don stole The Scream. Will Don 3 be an art heist prequel? Will we ever know how Don stole one of the most famous paintings in the world? Remember, Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin...namumkin hai.

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