Don (1978)

 ●  Hindi ● Running Time: TBA

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A ruthless gangster named Don is killed during a scuffle with the police. Since only DSP Desilva knows of this incident, he recruits another person named Vijay who is a spitting image of Don. Vijay is planted in Don's place in Don's gang and DeSilva has a plan to nab the entire gang in this way. But when Desilva dies during a raid, the secret that Vijay is not Don is also buried with him. Now Vijay is on the run - from the police and the criminal gang - and has to find the last piece of evidence to prove his real identity before it is too late.
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as Don / Vijay
as Roma
Supporting Actor
as Banarasi Pan Seller
as Narang
as Police Officer
as Mac
as Vardan - Fake Interpol Officer R.K. Malik
as Interpol Officer R.K. Malik
as Jasjit (J.J.)
as Inspector S. Verma






Story Writer
Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Art Director


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24 fps
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Lyricist: Lalji Pandey
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
Music Director: Chandra Barot
Lyricist: Lalji Pandey
Playback Singer: Kishore Kumar
Amitabh's hairstyle is different in several shots due to the 3 year time lag between shooting.

Revealing Mistakes
During the chase sequence at silver beach, don arrives in a red car and leaves in a white car while attempting to escape.
Zeenat Aman did not take any payment for her work in this movie.

Before filming was completed, producer Irani had an accident on the set of another film he was working on, and died as a result. The profits from the film were given to Irani's widow to settle her husband's debts.

Producer and cinematographer Nariman Irani was in a financial mess when his film Zindagi Zindagi (1972) starring Sunil Dutt flopped. He was in debt for Rs 1.2 million and couldn't pay it off on a cinematographer's salary. When he was doing the cinematography for Manoj Kumar's major hit Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974), the film's cast (Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran) and crew (assistant director Chandra Barot) decided to help him out. They all recommended that he produce another film and that they will participate in the film, and it turned out to be one of the biggest successes of their careers.

While rendering the song 'Khaike Paan Banareswala', Kishore Kumar actually chewed on paan and spat it on a plastic sheet on the floor to get a natural effect.

Pran was paid more salary than Amitabh Bachchan, even though Amitabh played the male lead.

During a car chase scene, Mac Mohan played a prank on Amitabh Bachchan and drove his car so fast that Bachchan got scared. He got his own back later by mixing Mohan's drink with alcohol during one of the songs - he was drunk on set.

The film started in May of 1974, and took three-and-a-half years to complete.

The script was rejected by Prakash Mehra, Dev Anand and Jeetendra.

Kalyanji Anandji recreated Morton Steven's theme music for the TV show " Police Woman". The new theme was used for Pran in all of his scene's.
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Remade as: Billa (Tamil)
Remade as: Don (Hindi)
Remade as: Billa (Tamil)