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Chandra Barot's 1978 release "Don" is an action-thriller movie in Hindi. The film, a crucial turning point in Indian cinema, is renowned for its compelling plot, catchy dialogue, and legendary performances. The story of a prominent criminal genius named Don and his double, Vijay, who is tasked with imitating him, is told in "Don," which stars Amitabh Bachchan in a dual role.

The protagonist of the narrative is a policeman by the name of D'Silva, played by Iftekhar, who is committed to bringing Don to justice. D'Silva takes advantage of the chance to train Vijay to pose as Don in order to acquire information against the criminal gang when Don is hurt and mistakenly believed to be dead. As Vijay infiltrates Don's criminal organisation, he comes across frightening foes including Pran's Jasjit and

As Vijay attempts to outwit Don's supporters and learn the truth about the criminal organisation, "Don" transports the audience on an emotional rollercoaster that is full of tension, exhilarating action sequences, and unexpected twists. There is catchy music in the movie by Kalyanji-Anandji, such as the timeless song "Khaike Paan Banaraswala" and the well-known theme tune that is still connected to the figure of Don.

The box office smash "Don" cemented Amitabh Bachchan's reputation as the "angry young man" of Indian cinema. Over the years, it developed a cult following, and Shah Rukh Khan played the lead character in the 2006 remake. The original 1978 version is still regarded as a masterpiece and is praised for its gripping story and strong acting.

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Movie name


Directed by

Chandra Barot

Screenplay by

Salim Javed 

Story by

Salim Javed 

Produced by

Nariman Irani


Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran


Nariman Irani

Edited by

Waman Rao

Music by

Kalyanji Anandji

Production company

Nariman Films

Distributed by


Release date

12th May 1978






70 Lakhs



In the 1978 movie "Don," Amitabh Bachchan played the notorious criminal mastermind Don, and Bachchan also played Vijay, who is Don's identical twin. Don is the boss of an international gang that engages in illegal activity and smuggling. Iftekhar plays D'Silva, a dedicated policeman who works to apprehend and prosecute Don.

Don is hurt during a police pursuit and left for dead, so D'Silva takes advantage of the situation to penetrate the criminal underworld. He recruits Vijay, a simpleton who resembles Don remarkably, and prepares him to pose as the criminal. Vijay hesitantly agrees and enters Don's realm where he runs against deadly foes including Kamini, a beautiful dancer, and Jasjit, a devoted member of Don's group.

Vijay must navigate a hazardous web of deceit, betrayal, and risky encounters as he dives deeper into the criminal organisation. Vijay tries to gather evidence against the criminal organisation and expose their operations while trying to stay one step ahead of Don's loyalists who suspect his true identity. The movie keeps the audience on the edge of their seats with surprising twists and turns.


The movie was released on the 12th of May 1978. It opened with a huge reception from the audience. Don is a hindi based crime action thriller movie. The movie was made with a budget of 70 lakhs and earned a box office collection of 7 crores. Don got a rating of 7.7/10 on IMDB and can be enjoyed on Amazon Prime Video.





Character Analysis





"Jiska Mujhe Tha Intezaar, Jiske Liye Dil Tha Bekaraar"

Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar

"Khaike Paan Banaraswala"

Kishore Kumar

"Ee Hai Bambai Nagaria"

Kishore Kumar

"Main Hoon Don"

Kishore Kumar

"Yeh Mera Dil"

Asha Bhosle

Behind the scenes


Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra starred in the same-named remake, which Farhan Akthar directed in 2006. The movie's conclusion was designed in such a way as to be used in its sequel, which was released in 2011 against the original film's producers' objections, claiming they had only granted the rights to make the original movie and not its successor.

Box Office Collection

The movie earned a box office collection of 7 crores.




Recipients and Nominees


26th Filmfare Awards

Best Actor

Amitabh Bachchan


26th Filmfare Awards

Best Male Playback Singer

Kishore Kumar for "Khaike Paan Banaraswala"


26th Filmfare Awards

Best Female Playback Singer

Asha Bhosle for "Yeh Mera Dil"


26th Filmfare Awards

Best Music Director



26th Filmfare Awards

Best Lyricist

Anjaan for "Khaike Paan Banaraswala"


Interesting facts

Finally, the 1978 film "Don" is still regarded as a timeless masterpiece of Indian cinema. The charismatic and cunning Don, played by Amitabh Bachchan in a famous performance, captured moviegoers' attention as the film's riveting story, memorable dialogue, and unforgettable soundtrack. In addition to cementing Bachchan's position as a superstar, the film's popularity had a long-lasting effect on popular culture, with its dialogue and characters going down in Indian cinema history. "Don" is still praised for its chic execution, exhilarating action scenes, and the mysterious fascination of its lead character. It is a movie that fans still like because of the enduring strength of its narrative and Amitabh Bachchan's unrivalled magnetism.

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