Amitabh Bachchan: Don was a title no one approved of

Updated: May 13, 2019, 17:58 IST | IANS

It was because of the popular Godfather series the word Don got publicised, said Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan: Don was a title no one approved of
Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan says that no one had approved the title of his 1978 hit movie Don because the makers felt that the name was not fit for a title of a Hindi film. Don clocked 41 years on the silver screen on Sunday, May 12, and the 76-year-old thespian took to his blog to write about the film. "Don was a name title that no one in the market approved of. They (makers) never understood what it meant and never felt that a name such as Don was material for the title of a Hindi film. In fact, if truth be told - for many it was quite an amusing title," Big B wrote.

The Piku star said that the film's title phonetically sounded like an undergarment brand. "There was at the time a very popular brand of vests, the 'banyain', that was carrying the name 'Dawn'. 'Don' pronounced phonetically sounded much like that brand of under garment in the popular market and there was consternation in titling a film that conveyed an under garment," he wrote.

It was because of the popular Godfather series the word Don got publicised, said Amitabh. "Much later of course with the Godfather series the word garnered enough publicity and reckoning, to be respectable enough but till then initially it was in the realm of humour," he wrote.

The film revolved around Don, a wanted criminal, who succumbed to his injuries in a police chase. Things took a turn when Vijay, a look-alike of Don, replaces him and tries to trace the details of his illegal activities. The action thriller film was written by Salim Khan-Javed Akhtar, produced by Nariman Irani, and directed by Chandra Barot. It also featured Zeenat Aman, Pran, Iftekhar, Helen, Om Shivpuri, Satyen Kappu and Pinchoo Kapoor.

Talking about Irani, Amitabh wrote: "The most humble quiet and loved DOP of the film and also the producer, courtesy Salim-Javed, in an effort to help him... never lived to see its (Don) success."

Amitabh said that Irani lost his life after saving a child from an outdoor collapsing set. "He ran to save the child. Saved him but fell during the process and injured his hip. He was hospitalised, complications crept in and sadly he never came out of it."

Also read: Amitabh Bachchan gives sneak peek into his Chehre look

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