A Walk Down The Memory Lane As Blockbuster ‘Don’ Completes 37 Years

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Megastar Amitabh Bachhan’s iconic film Don completed 37 years on Tuesday. A nostalgic Big B said that he’s glad that the incredible journey of the film still continues. “37 years of ‘DON’ today (Tuesday). A film made by that gentle giant Nariman Irani, the DOP of extreme excellence,” he wrote on his blog.

Sharing some interesting anecdotes from the film, he said, “During the action scene, I had hurt my feet and had huge burn boils on the palm of my feet. Could not wear shoes, or walk. The song was bare foot…so…took pain killer injections on my feet before each shot and completed the song and the scene.”

The movie, an action thriller, which revolved around a powerful gangster named Don, was a one of its kind film when it released in 1978, and saw Big B in a double role.

So great was the impact of the film even decades later that a remake and sequel of the film were released in October 2006 and December 2011, respectively which starred Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. In my own modest opinion, I recall the 2000s as the decade in which SRK was actively seeking to be established as the Badshaah of Bollywood. Being a part thus of Bachhan’s legacy at this time was a befitting move for SRK. Albeit as a child, I had been an ardent fan of SRK, his constant attempts to be compared to Big B, were always conspicuous to me.

From light-hearted comedies to action-packed masala movies, from experimental cinema to song and dance dramas, Amitabh Bachchan the superstar of the millenium could, and unarguably still can, do it all! Enough can simply not be said about the phenomenon that Amitabh Bachhan has been. As Don completes 37 years today, I am compelled to take a walk down the memory lane, and bring to you some of Big B’s most eloquently written and powerfully delivered dialogues. While some of the dialogues may admittedly seem rather cliché to us kids of the 21st Century, the sheer realness with which they were delivered by Shahenshah captured the mood of the era in which they were written, with utmost accuracy.

  1. Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin… namumkin hai. – Don
  2. Rishte me to hum tumhare baap lagte hain, naam hai Shahenshah. —Shahenshah
  3. Agar apni maa ka doodh piya hai to saamne aa.– Laawaris
  4. Jao pehle us aadmi ka sign le ke aao jisne mera baap ko chor kaha tha; pehle us aadmi ka sign le ke aao jisne meri maa ko gali deke naukri se nikal diya tha; pehle us aadmi ka sign le ke aao jisne mere haath pe ye likh diya tha..ye.. Uske BAAD, uske baad, mere bhai, tum jahan kahoge main wahan sign kar doonga.– Deewar
  5. Sahi baat ko sahi waqt pe kiya jaye to uska maza hi kuch aur hai, aur main sahi waqt ka intezaar karta hoon.– Trishul
  6. Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein khayal aata hai – ki zindagi teri zulfon ki narm chhaon main guzarne padti to shadab ho bhi sakti thi.  –  Kabhie Kabhie
  7. Hum bhi to roz khatro se khelte hai.  – Sholay
  8. Pura naam, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, baap ka naam, Dinanath Chauhan, maa ka naam, Suhasini Chauhan, gaon Mandwa, umar chhattis saal.  – Agneepath
  9. I can talk English, I can walk English, I can laugh English because English is a very phunny language. Bhairo becomes Byron because their minds are very narrow! – Namak Halal
  10. Hum jahan khade ho jaate hain, line wahi se shuru hoti hain.  – Kaalia

Truly, aap jahan khade hote hain, line wahin se shuru hoti hai, Sir! Keep entertaining us and blowing us over with your power-packed performances for many, many more years to come.

Sanya Dhingra