Bollywood Saturday Do You Know Amitabh Bachchan Starrer Crime Thriller Don Was Declared a Flop During Its Release


Bollywood Saturday: Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman and Pran in the lead roles Put on is one of the unique classics that created a lasting legacy. At a time when Francis Coppola’s godfather was just beginning to make a name for himself in Hollywood, gangster saga was a new concept. However, screenwriters Salim-Javed, producer Nariman Irani and director Chandra Barot decided to experiment with the fresh concept. The film was a game changer for everyone, including its all-star cast. Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman and Pran also deserve special mention for their foresight to work in a new genre for free. Producer Nariman Irani had previously directed a film Zindagi Zindagi (1972) starring Ashok Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Waheeda Rehmaan and Shyama, who bombs at the box office. The film’s debacle bankrupted Nariman Irani. To help him out of his troubles, his friends from the film industry decided to support him.Also Read – Amitabh Bachchan Pays Emotional Tribute to Comedian Raju Srivastava, Praises His ‘Colloquial Humor’

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AMITABH BACHCHAN, ZEENAT AMAN AND PRAN WORKED FOR FREE IN DON

Nariman Irani went to Manoj Kumar who was working on his project Roti Kapda Aur Makaan at this time. Manoj Kumar understood his problem as a cast Roti Kapda Aur Makaan were there too. Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman and Pran decided to work in Nariman Irani’s next film for free. Manoj Kumar’s film’s assistant director, Chandra Barot, has also agreed to direct his next film. Screenwriting duo Saliim-Javed were asked to develop a screenplay and they brought the story of Put on. During the filming of the film, Nariman Irani had a terrible accident while trying to save a child on the film set. Nariman Irani was injured and later died. Now the cast and crew decided to get it done Put on at all costs in homage to Nariman Irani. Also Read – Amitabh Bachchan Buys a New Apartment at Over 12,000 Sq Ft and Already Owns 6 Bungalows in Mumbai

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KHAIKE PAAN BANARAS WALA BECAME A GAME CHANGER

When the film was released, it was declared a flop for the first week as there was no hype surrounding it. The film was completed in three and a half years but there was no money to promote the film. But it was Kishore Kumar’s iconic song Khaike Paan Banaras Waala that turned the tables again. The song featuring Big B became so popular that audiences rushed to theaters just for the song. Also Read – Brahmastra Box Office Day 4: Ranbir Kapoor’s Film Passes Monday’s Test – Check Detailed Collection Report

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Don became the highest-grossing film of 1978 and proceeds went to Nariman Irani’s wife to help her pay off her debts.

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