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:
DSP D'Silva (as Iftikhar)
Vardan - Fake Interpol Officer R.K. Malik
Inspector S. Verma (as Satyen Kapoo)
P. Jairaj ...
Dayal (Judo Karate Instructor)
Kamal Kapoor ...
Arpana Choudhary ...
Anita (as Arpana Choudhry)
Shakaal (as Shetty)
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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Release Date:

12 May 1978 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Главарь мафии  »

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INR 50,000,000 (estimated)

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During the shooting of the film there was a huge cloud bursting on a day following which a light lost its support and fell on Nariman Irani killing him on the sets. 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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Sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar
Composed by Kalyanji Veerji Shah and Anandji Veerji Shah
Lyrics by Anjaan
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AB is the best!!!
7 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another classic movie by Bachchan. The range of acting that he shows in this movie is amazing. I have seen no other actor do that without changing the look extensively. Basically he portrays three different characters in the movie. One is stylish and loathsome Don, second is endearing beatle-chewing street singer, and third of the goofy impostor of Don. AB proves he is the best actor ever. The music rocks. And Zeenat looked the coolest ever. The whole plot is interesting and entertaining. Every character has an important part. Don is the cult movie today just because of Amitabh and its music. The opening scene with Amitabh wearing yellow shades is too cool and the casting music outstanding.

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