DON Followers

Cult Classic 1978 Blockbuster  DON found many followers since the time it was released first. Let’s have a look at followers of All time DON :

  • Don was first remade in 1979 in Telugu as Yugandhar, starring N.T. Rama Rao and Jayasudha. In 2009, a second Telugu remake Billa was released, with Jayasudha in a guest role.
  • Another remake was made in Tamil titled Billa (1980), starring Rajnikanth. The film was then remade in Hindi starring Shahrukh Khan, titled Don – The Chase Begins Again. The latter film was also inspired by the Tamil directors and made Billa, which was more successful than the bollywood remake[citation needed] Don – The Chase Begins Again which itself was a Good success.
  • In 1986, the movie was remade in Malayalam as Sobharaj (1986), starring Mohanlal.
  • The first Hindi remake was titled Daav Pech (1989), starring Jeetendra. It was unsuccessful.
  • Duplicate (1998), directed by Mahesh Bhatt and starring Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla, is partly a parody of Don. It was trade disaster.
  • A second Hindi remake made by Farhan Akhtar (son of Javed Akhtar who co-wrote the original film, and is also credited for contributing to the plot of this remake), Don – The Chase Begins Again (2006), starred Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Arjun Rampal, Isha Koppikar, Om Puri and Kareena Kapoor. The movie incorporated several plot changes with respect to the original’s plotline.
  • Following the reasonable success of Don – The Chase Begins Again, Farhan Akhtar has decided to launch a Don franchise. The second & third films in the series are, Don 2 – The Chase Continues & Don 3 – The Chase Ends respectively, which will be shot in January 2010 and released in early 2010 or late 2011. The starcast of its prequel will return.
  • The 2007 Hollywood movie The Death and Life of Bobby Z had a similar premise to this movie, i.e. a lookalike of a gang leader is asked to masquerade as him by law enforcement officer(s), though the remainder of the plot was largely different. The movie received negative critical and commercial reactions.
  • A film with the similar plot line was made starring Bollywood actress Rekha. The film was named ‘Madam X’. The plot was similar that the look-a-like of a Don replaces him after the Don was actually caught/died. The look-alike was used to catch the whole gang which has international network in drugs and smuggling. The film ‘Madam X’ also has the same plot but the lead character is a female (done by rekha) as in Original it was male. This film has the plot that the female gangster is caught and replaced in the gang by her look-alike who was a road singer. This film was not a big hit but shown the acting prowess of Rekha who was on her top in the industry when the film was released.


— BollyBusiness

~ by Yakuza on November 12, 2009.

16 Responses to “DON Followers”

  1. some times back i heard of news that orignal maker of DON approached amitabh for Sequel of DON. what happened to that project ?

    This Poster is awsome … 🙂

  2. DON is coolest movie ever made .. i rank it BEST movie of indian cinema.

  3. Behind The scene of DON :

    Producer and cinematographer Nariman Irani was in a financial mess when his film Zindagi Zindagi (1972) starring Sunil Dutt flopped. He was in debt for Rs12 lakhs and couldn’t pay it off on a cinematographer’s salary. When he was doing the cinematography for Manoj Kumar’s major hit Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974), the film’s cast (Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran) and crew (assistant director Chandra Barot) decided to help him out. They all recommended that he produce another film and that they will participate in the film. They all approached scriptwriting duo Salim-Javed, who gave them an untitled script that had already been rejected by the entire industry. The script had a character named Don. Bachchan would play Don, and Barot would direct the film. Aman and Pran would play key roles in the film.The film took three-and-a-half years to complete.Before filming was completed, producer Irani had an accident on the set of another film he was working on, and died as a result. Barot faced budget restraints but he got help. Aman did not take any money for her work in the film. Barot showed it to his mentor Manoj Kumar, who felt that the film was too tight and needed a song in the midst of the action-filled film, and so “Khaike Paan Banaraswala” was recorded. The film was released without any promotion on May 12, 1978 and was declared a flop the first week. Within a week, the song “Khaike Paan Banaraswala” became a big hit, and word of mouth spread, so by the second week, the film was also declared a big hit. The profits from the film were given to Irani’s widow to settle her husband’s debts

  4. Dear Yakuza,Please bring a great topic on amitabh film DON as u did before in shape of MARD.its not interesting,hope u will not mind because we aspect more from u.therefore I request to u that please bring a amazing topic on great film DON.

  5. Can you also bring topics on remakes of other great films like Sholay and Devdas.
    The climax and twists in DON were very interesting. DON does not die. It is Vijay who dies. Don ko maarna mushkil hi nahin namumkin hai.

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  7. Original is classic….

  8. Stunning piece here btw Yakuza…

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  10. amitabh is best

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