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Don

1978 2h 46m Action List
Reviews 84% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
A powerful gangster named Don (Amitabh Bachchan) flees the cops and is killed during a showdown with Officer D'Silva (Iftekhar). Hoping to crack down on the remainder of Don's gang, D'Silva convinces a man named Vijay (also Bachchan), who is the spitting image of Don, to assume Don's identity and go undercover to bust Don's gang. But then D'Silva gets killed, and everyone from the gangsters to the cops think Vijay is Don. If he can't convince them otherwise, it may prove fatal. Read More Read Less
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Jimmy Cage Jimmy Cage Movie Reviews (YouTube) Quite simple: DON is the most fun 70s Bollywood exploitation madness with a great Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role. Rated: 7/10 Mar 13, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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06 Apalak C One of the best movies of Amitabh Bachchan. This movie, released in 1978, become the third highest grossing movie of India. Great performances from Amitabh, Pran and Iftikar. A must watch for crime thriller masala movie lovers. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/17/24 Full Review Sarthak B you have either seen Avengers: Endgame/Spider-Man: No Way Home in a theatre full of teenage marvel geeks or you've seen Don in a theatre full of middle-aged bachchan fans. I will never get over this film, now that I've seen it in a theatre packed with Bachchan's fans. Truly an exhilarating experience. The film has a fantastic story, like truly amazing. It follows the tale of a gangster whose name is Don and how his supposed death affects the criminal underworld and the lives of several people. But, the main attraction of the film is not it's story, rather it's the characters and songs. Amitabh Bachchan was born to play Don, that's it. No offence to Shahrukh Khan whose portrayal I also admire, is really just a copy-paste version of this portrayal. Also, I can't even imagine that at some point of time, Dev Anand, Dharmendra and Jeetendra were involved in this project and it was after these people left, Amitabh got the role. He plays both Don and Vijay with flying colours. Zeenat Aman plays the Junglee Billi (Wild Cat) for whom I just straight up fell for throughout the film. Pran is just a gem who needs to be locked in a gold vault and stored for eternity, his character is the heart and soul of this film. The songs are definitely something to look out for. They are provided by Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar and all of them go so hard it takes the vibe to a whole new level. People were getting up from their seats and dancing together when Main Hoon Don and Khaike Paan Baneras wala played. Also, feels proud to know that Black Eyed Peas sampled their song "Don't Phunk With Me" from "Yeh Mera Dil Yaar Ka Deewana". One thing that seriously bugged me and got on my nerves after sometime was the editing. It's bad, like really bad. Several scenes end so abruptly that I completely lost the mood and tension the previous scene was trying to establish. I really wanted to give 5 stars but the editing is really awful, but given the time this film was released, it can be excused and doesn't really ruin the movie for you. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/13/23 Full Review Audience Member I really liked this one. It showed its age in a good way, but that was part of why I liked it so much. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Superb !!!! Watch Amitabh Bachchan as the original Don !! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Almost 4, but -.5 because of the guy who had the cane, yet backflips Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member DON (1978) the original starring Big B (Amitabh Bachchan). Classic of Indian cinema. Very stylish for its day - the music, sets, costumes and cars - 1970s through and through. A bit dated now. The songs are fun - especially YE MERA DIL and KHAIKE PAAN - both were redone in the 2006 remake starring Shah Rukh Khan. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A powerful gangster named Don (Amitabh Bachchan) flees the cops and is killed during a showdown with Officer D'Silva (Iftekhar). Hoping to crack down on the remainder of Don's gang, D'Silva convinces a man named Vijay (also Bachchan), who is the spitting image of Don, to assume Don's identity and go undercover to bust Don's gang. But then D'Silva gets killed, and everyone from the gangsters to the cops think Vijay is Don. If he can't convince them otherwise, it may prove fatal.
Director
Chandra Barot
Producer
Nariman A. Irani
Screenwriter
Javed Akhtar, Salim Khan, Salim Khan, Javed Akhtar
Genre
Action
Original Language
Hindi
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 25, 2017
Runtime
2h 46m
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