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During a shoot, Shah Rukh Khan's wedding ring slipped off his finger. Khan had everyone on the sets searching for it, with the implausible excuse that if they didn't find it, he would have to get married again in order to get himself a new wedding ring. Needless to say, they found it quite quickly.
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The password that the Joshi character mistakenly enters onto the computer at first (during Jasjit's flashback), is "F09AK74", which is a code for Farhan Akhthar's birthday.
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In one scene as Don goes to the safe to lock his DVD, Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" is seen in the background (implying he was perhaps involved in its theft from Munch Museum in 2004). However, the painting had been recovered by the release of the movie. The filmmakers used this in the UK promotion of the movie by suggesting the recovered painting was the fake, and the painting in Don's safe was the original.
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Hrithik Roshan was considered for the title role, but upon completing the script, Farhan Akhtar he realized that a more mature actor was needed and thus Shah Rukh Khan took the role.
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A fight sequence between the Don and DCP DeSilva was being shot in Langkawi. Unfortunately, the fight choreographer was messing up, and Boman Irani had to leave for a flight to a shoot in Goa. So, with time running out for Irani, Shah Rukh Khan choreographed the sequence. Khan explained to Irani the scenes, when to enter the frame, etc. after several takes the sequence was finally executed and Irani caught his flight in the nick of time.
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For their roles in the film, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Arjun Rampal undertook a special martial arts training programme under the guidance of Shaolin Temple experts.
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Don is wearing a Tag Heuer watch in the entire movie. Despite all the action sequences, traveling and even death the watch remains with Don intact.
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80% of the film was shot in Malaysia.
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Many cars used in chasing sequences are manufactured by Hyundai. Shahrukh khan in brand ambassador for Hyundai.
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Don's disc is actually a PSP UMD.
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Composers Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendosa based their music, so they claim, on the scores of 1970s films, particularly Shaft (1971).
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During the shooting of " Lakshya" , Farhan was listening to the CD of the album " Bombay The Hard Way- Guns Cars Sitars". In this album they have the title music of " Don". While Farhan was listening to it, it reminded him how much he loved the original as a child. He then got the idea of remaking the film .
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In the club scene, where Kamini (Kareena Kapoor) is dancing seductively trying to get the attention of Don, the music played at the club samples the tune from "Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe" from the movie 'Dil Chahta Hai' which was also by director Farhan Akthar.
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In the song "Morya Re," Shah Rukh Khan is singing a deeply religious song to the god Ganesh Chaturti in the Ganesh festival, participated in by Hindus. Ironically enough, Shah Rukh Khan is Muslim.
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Akshay Kumar was originally offered the role of Jasjit but he turned it down.
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Yana Gupta was considered for the role of Kamini.
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The song "Aaj Ki Raat" sampled Donna Sommers song " I Feel Love".
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During the car chase sequence in Mumbai Don's car is badly damaged however the air bags do not come off.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

There are 5 hints in the film Don which point to the fact that Vijay(who D'Silva replaces Don with) is actually Don:
  • 1. Don-Vijay-Don is shown watching Tom and Jerry cartoons when he places a call to D'Silva telling him that it is time for his memory to come back.


  • 2. Don-Vijay-Don uses "Please" when he is talking to the security guards in the airplane.


  • 3. Don-Vijay-Don does not recognize Deepu. Deepu recognizes him instead.


  • 4. Don-Vijay-Don continues to wear his ties tied around his neck and tucked into his shirt, rather than tied normally, around the collar of his shirt, a detail Vijay could not have known.


  • 5. This comes almost too late to be of any use, but Don-Vijay-Don continues his habit of answering a stupid question with a stupid answer. (When answering TJ's question "Is the cocaine in the case?", Don says, "No, I'm here to give you my birthday card." In reply to Narang's question "What's this?", Don says, "Your wedding DVD." And when D'Silva says, "You have the disc?", "Vijay" replies, "No, it was my love for you that dragged me here.")


Don's most famous catchphrase "Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin, naamumkin hai." ("It's not just difficult to catch Don but it is impossible") turns out to be true in this film since the final alteration made to the story of the old movie (Don (1978)) made the character of Don to escape at the end of this film. While in the older movie he dies with the character Vijay replacing him.
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In the final scene, Don says that he become baadshah of the underworld and that he is the king. Shah Rukh Khan, who plays Don in the film, is often referred to as the 'baadshah' of the Hindi film industry, and also as King Khan.
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If paid close attention to, the song "Aaj Ki Raat", that comes towards the climax of movie (just before the police raid in the party of criminals), subtly gives away the final twist of the movie that the guy, Vijay, who replaced Don was actually Don himself. This is made clear when the song's lyrics go like "Jo hamesha tha mera phir mera hoga" (Anita (Isha Koppikar) saying that the person who was mine since always, will again come back to me - thus showing that she knows the true identity of Vijay i.e. Don). Also more obviously the twist is given away in the title track "Mujhko pehchaan lo main hoon don" (i.e. Recognize me, I'm Don) but one does not pay attention to its lyrics as a song with similar wordings is also in the original Don (1978) which acted as sort of a red herring in the story of the new film.
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When working on the script, Farhan Akhtar kept the original Don (1978) script by Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar intact, but himself rewrote the opening and closing scenes. He did this to bring originality to his version of Don (1978). Thus, the Don survives and escapes at the end, to live for a sequel.
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