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Don - The Original Amitabh Classic (Did You Know - 13)
25 Jun, 2009 | Did You Know!

Don - the Original Classic - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

There are many interesting facts related to the Original “Don” starring Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran & more.
The most famous song of the film “Khaike Paan Banaraswala…” featuring Amitabh was added later on in the film and was not planned at all before. It was felt that the film’s narration was going too fast with all the chase and thrills and some kind of relief or calming effect was needed. To cut the tense atmosphere, a song was suggested.
So a whole new situation was created, the song was shot & added in the film after the interval to make some balance. And who knew the song would create history and will be remembered for years to come.
When this upbeat song was being recorded in the studio by Kishore Kumar, then as he was known for, Kishore actually demanded some paans in the studio itself. He chewed paans and spat it on a sheet spread on the floor and then sung the song with the natural effects. So the sounds of paan chewing and spating which you hear in the song are all real.
Another worth mentioning truth associated with this song is, that Amitabh was made to eat more than 20-25 paans, to have a real red effect on his lips. The effect did come as desired but due to the “Chuna” in paans, Amitabh, burnt his lips and was in pain for several days.
And the most amazing fact related to the song is that “Khaike Paan Banaraswala” was originally written for Dev Anand’s movie “Banarasi Babu” (1973) but was destined to get featured in Amitabh’s Don.
While the movie was being shot, Pran met an accident and was only able to walk with a stick. So his character in the movie was re-shaped, adjusted and “Jasjit” (Pran’s name in the movie) became a person with a wrecked leg, walking with a stick.
And thus was made a great thriller called “DON” in 1977-78.
The movie was remade in 2006 by Farhan Akhtar and featured Shahrukh Khan in the role of Amitabh Bachchan.

Tags : Pran, Don, Zeenat Aman, Amitabh Bachchan, Amitabh's Original Don, Don Trivia, Did You Know, Khaike Paan Banaras Wala
25 Jun 2009 / Comment ( 2 )
raja shah

Bobbyji

The only plus point about the don remake is the script that justifies the iconic lines "don ko pakadna mushkil nahi namumkin hai"..as I feel that is brilliantly twisted in the new movie. The original don suffered on that count. I am sure farhan must have thought about it with his father who wrote the original, as that time purly negative heroes were not very popular. Other than that, it is a good remake of china town where the evergreen shammi really nailed it with a brauvara performance.

Bobby Sing

Thanks for your comment Raja Shah,
In a way you are right about that one line but I really cant appreciate any remakes of Cult films even if they come out to be good.
And DON 1 or 2 certainly were quite unsatisfactory at that level.

However on the inspirtation point, before China Town (1962), there was Mr. India (1961) which had the same plot with I. S. Johar in the lead.

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