Don is a 1978 Indian Hindi action film produced by Nariman Irani and directed by Chandra Barot, with music by Kalyanji Anandji and lyrics by Anjaan and Indeewar. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran, Iftekhar, Helen and Om Shivpuri, Satyen Kappu and Pinchoo Kapoor. It was the third-highest grossing Bollywood movie of 1978, and was classified a golden jubilee by Box Office India. A remake and sequel were released on 20 October 2006 and 23 December 2011, respectively.
Production company Nariman Films
Release date May 12, 1978
Running time 175 minutes
Budget ₹7 million (equivalent to ₹130 million or US$2.1 million in 2016)
Box office ₹70 million (equivalent to ₹1.3 billion or US$21 million in 2016)
Amitabh Bachchan as Don and Vijay: Don is the most wanted criminal. The police are always unsuccessful at nabbing him. However, in a police encounter Don is fatally shot. Vijay is the spitting image of Don and is soon forced to pose as Don in order to help the police arrest Don's gang members.
Zeenat Aman as Roma: A simple girl whose brother Ramesh works for Don. Roma despises Don for his having murdered her brother. She joins Don's business with the secret motive to kill him.
Pran as Jasjit "JJ"
Iftekhar as DSP D'Silva
Om Shivpuri as Vardan/INTERPOL operative R.K. Malik (Impostor)
Pinchoo Kapoor as INTERPOL operative R.K. Malik (Real)
Satyendra Kapoor as Inspector S. Verma
Jagdish Raj as Police officer
Keshav Rana as Police officer
Abhimanyu Sharma as Inspector Sharma
Prem Sagar as Police inspector inspects the ambulance
Paidi Jairaj as Dayal, Judo & Karate Instructor
Kamal Kapoor as NarangArpana Choudhary as Anita
Helen as Kamini
M. B. Shetty as Shakaal
Mac Mohan as MacBaby Bilkish as Munni
Alankar Joshi as Deepu
Moolchand as Govinda
H. L. Pardesi as Banarasi, Pan seller
Gyanesh DJ as Police officer
Sharad Kumar as Ramesh
Kedar Saigal as Doctor
Rajan Haksar as Kishan, Jasjit's employer
Yusuf Khan as Vikram
Director: Chandra Barot
Producer: Nariman A. IraniProduction Company: Nariman Films
Cinematographer: Nariman A. Irani
Art Director: Sudhendu Roy
Costume Designer: Ramola Bachchan, V. Scharwachter
Wardrobe: S. Irani, Manikrao Jagtap, Mani J. Rabadi, Mehboob Shaikh
Stunts: Haji Khan, A. Mansoor
Choreographer: P. L. Raj
Music Director: Kalyanji Anandji
Lyricist: Anjaan, Indeevar
Playback Singers: Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan
According to film music expert Rajesh Subramanian the song "Khaike Pan Banaraswala" was composed by Babla, younger brother of famous music director Kalyanji Anandji.
No. Song Title Singer Time
01. "Main Hoon Don" Kishore Kumar 4:45
02. "Yeh Hai Bombay Nagaria" Kishore Kumar 5:53
03. "Khaike Pan Banaraswala" Kishore Kumar 3:57
04. "Jiska Mujhe Tha Intezar" Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar 4:20
05. "Yeh Mera Dil" Asha Bhosle 4:18
The film was remade in 2006 as Don starring Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role of Don, Priyanka Chopra as Roma, Arjun Rampal as Jasjit, Boman Irani as D'Silva, and Om Puri as Malik. It was directed by Farhan Akhtar. With some changes in script, the film proved to be one of the highest-grossing films of the year. A sequel to that film, Don 2 was released on 23 December 2011.
Other Hindi remake
One Hindi remake was titled Dav Pech (1989), starring Jeetendra. It was unsuccessful. Duplicate (1998), directed by Mahesh Bhatt and starring Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla, is partly a parody of Don. A film with the similar plot line was made starring Bollywood actress Rekha. The film was named Madam X . The 2006 Hindi remake of this film starring Shahrukh Khan, titled Don was successful .
Remakes in other languages
Telugu Don was first remade in 1979 in Telugu as Yugandhar, starring NTR, Jayasudha and Jayamalini. In 2009, a second Telugu remake titled Billa was released, starring Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Namitha and Krishnam Raju, and Jayasudha in a different role than the one she played in Yugandhar. This film used the same title as the Tamil remakes.1983 movie Roshagadu had a similar storyline and was remade in Hindi as Dav Pech. Tamil It was also remade in 1980 in Tamil as Billa, starring Rajnikanth. Helen, who played Kamini in the original Hindi film Don (1978), repeated her role in this remake.The 2006 Hindi remake starring Shahrukh Khan, titled Don, inspired the Tamil directors who made the Ajith Kumar starrer Billa — a remake of the same-titled Rajinikanth film. Billa II (2012) is a Tamil film starring Ajith and a prequel to Billa (2007). Malayalam In 1986, the movie was remade in Malayalam as Shobaraj, starring Mohanlal and Madhavi.Kannada1994 Kannada movie Alexander starring Shashikumar had a similar storyline. EnglishThe 2007 Hollywood movie The Death and Life of Bobby Z had a similar premise to this movie. It revolved around a lookalike of a gang leader who is asked to masquerade as him by law enforcement officer(s), though the remainder of the plot was largely different. It is based on a 1997 novel of the same name. The novel was well received, but the movie received negative critical and commercial response.
A sample from the song "Yeh Mera Dil" was used by The Black Eyed Peas for their hit song "Don't Phunk with My Heart" in 2005. The song won the Black Eyed Peas their first Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, while the composers for "Yeh Mera Dil", Kalyanji Anandji, were awarded the BMI Award for being the originators of the melodies used in "Don't Phunk with My Heart."