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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zeenat Aman ...
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 ...
Azad ...
Devaraj ...
(as Devraj)


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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Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

20 April 1978 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Главарь мафии  »

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INR 50,000,000 (estimated)

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Rajendra Kumar was keen to play the role of ACP Dsilva but Chandra Barot settled down with Ifthekar. See more »


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


Don: I am a wanted man by the police, but you must understand one simple fact... it is not difficult to catch Don, it is impossible!
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Referenced in Shahenshah (1988) See more »


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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Very good but the ending is very, very, very weak.
10 March 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Don" is a film about a mobster called the Don (Amitabh Bachchan). He's a cold and dangerous man and specializes in blowing up his enemies. And, the guy is also very slippery and the police keep missing him. However, eventually, DSP D'Silva manages to kill the Don--but he has the guy buried in secret. Neither the police nor the criminals realize the Don is dead because D'Silva knows someone who looks exactly like the Don* and plans on substituting him. So, he creates a plausible story--that the Don was hurt so badly that his memory is temporarily impaired. However, Vijay doesn't realize that his impersonating the Don has two major problems--a woman in the mob is planning on killing the Don and what would happen if D'Silva was killed and they couldn't prove that Vijay WASN'T the Don! Tune in to see what's next.

The story is interesting and worth seeing up until the end. Unfortunately, the end is terrible--and almost slapstick. Seeing the disabled guy fighting so ably was silly as was the use of slide-whistles whenever folks did flips--and they did MORE flips than you'd see in the Summer Olympics! Badly choreographed and silly--it makes the film slip from a 9 to a 7.

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