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Don (1978)

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Don, a wanted criminal, dies in a police chase. DSP D'Silva is the only one who knows about his death, and to get hold of the gang he trains Don-lookalike Vijay. But Vijay faces danger from the police and from within the gang.

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Zeenat Aman ...
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Iftekhar ...
DSP D'Silva (as Iftikhar)
Om Shivpuri ...
Vardan - Fake Interpol Officer R.K. Malik
Satyendra Kapoor ...
Inspector S. Verma (as Satyen Kapoo)
P. Jairaj ...
Dayal (Judo Karate Instructor)
Kamal Kapoor ...
Arpana Choudhary ...
Anita (as Arpana Choudhry)
Helen ...
M.B. Shetty ...
Shakaal (as Shetty)
Mac Mohan ...
Mac
Azad ...
Azad
Yashraj
Devaraj ...
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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. Written by Soumitra

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INR 50,000,000 (estimated)
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The song "Khaike Paan Banaraswala" was originally written for the Dev Anand movie Banarasi Babu (1973), and was never meant to be in this film. It was shot after filming was complete and was added after the intermission to balance the action-packed pace of the movie. See more »

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Amitabh's hairstyle is different in several shots due to the 3 year time lag between shooting. See more »

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Jasjit: These kids are quite sweet... surely they can't be Mr. Vardhan's kids
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Khaike Paan Banaraswala
Sung by Amitabh Bachchan and Kishore Kumar
Composed by Kalyanji Veerji Shah and Anandji Veerji Shah
Lyrics by Anjaan
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Do(w)n memory lane -- the golden era of Hindi cinema
11 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the earliest blockbusters of the 1970s that firmly launched Amitabh Bachchan in the superstar orbit.

In an oft-repeated cop-robber plot, director Chandra Barot makes a film about a gangster don (no particular reference to any Mumbai underworld figure nor any sneaky take on a Hollywood film) who has eluded cops for a long time. "Don ko pakadna itna aasan nahin", says DCP D'Silva in an ominous tone that still resonates among the current duels between crime bosses and superstar cops like Daya Nayak.

The essence of Don's charisma goes beyond the methodical framing of its central characters in what is a rather straightforward plot. Cleverly written dialogs that inspired an entire generation of moviegoers, shots and scenes that (at the time) defied the boundaries of all conventional wisdom, fabulous acting by the main and supporting cast, and a musical score by Kalyanji Anandji that is evergreen to this day -- those are of course what made Don such a memorable movie in the minds of many.

Best thing is to go see it even if its your first or fifth time. Great movies such as this are way beyond Bollywood now, and it is doubtful if the current crap -- oops sorry, crop! of directors can ever concoct a compelling story such as this one.


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