Amitabh Bachchan starrer Don is one of the cult classics of Bollywood. The iconic dialogue, "Don ka intezar toh 11 mulkon ki police kar rahi hai! Lekin Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin, namumkin hai!" is still popular among the audience. While Big B, who played dual roles in the film and nailed both the characters to perfection, went on to bag the Best Actor Filmfare Award but you will be surprised to know that he was not the first choice of this blockbuster venture. In an interview, director Chandra Barot revealed that he first offered the film to Dev Anand, Jeetendra and Dharmendra but all of them rejected the film. It looks that Amitabh Bachchan was destined to play the iconic portrayal and you know the rest is history.
The crime thriller recently celebrated 42 years of release. In his official blog, Amitabh Bachchan recalled how many had confused the title with name of an undergarment brand. "When Chandra and Salim-Javed announced the name of the film as 'Don', no distributor was willing to accept the title. They all thought it to be named after the Dawn underwear, a popular brand during those times. The film 'Godfather' was just making a mark in film circles. The word Don was unknown till then," Bachchan wrote.
Bachchan said one of the dance moves in the popular "Khaike Paan" song which was added on actor Manoj Kumar's suggestion was based on his son, Abhishek. "There is a dance move in the song where the steps are me moving sideways, that's a copy of Abhishek. As a little fellow, whenever he heard music, he would dance and do this side step..I copied that from him for the song. "There is another shot of me dancing and I turn around, show my back and keep moving my hips and look back. That has a story too, but of that some other time." Amitabh Bachchan said over the years, the film has had an exceptional life of its own with its "remarkable" music. "Javed saheb sent me an sms this morning: 'Huzoor 42 saal ho gaye 'Don' ko, hadd ho gayee'. Truly hadd' ho gayee," he added.
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