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Amitabh BachchanDon : Movie Preview
14th Sept 2006  21.30 IST
By Nikhil Kumar  

Twenty-eight years after Amitabh Bachchan immortalized the character of a don in Chandra Barot's movie Don (1978) , Shah Rukh Khan reprises the role in Farhan Akhtar 's film 'Don'.

Besides Shah Rukh Khan , the film stars a host of actors including Priyanka Chopra , Isha Koppikar , Boman Irani , Arjun Rampal , Kareena Kapoor , Om Puri and Sushma Reddy .

Check out the movie's slideshow (story in pictures) at Don .

'Don' will not be a scene-to-scene adaptation of the original flick by director Chandra Barot. The remake will be a modern, contemporary version in which SRK, as Don, uses all the state-of-the-art gadgets and technology.

The movie stays loyal to the plot of the original. But it improvises on the treatment of the story through stylish cinematography, crisp editing, innovative direction, high-octane stunts and special effects.

Shah Rukh Khan
The film, like the original, has SRK in a double role. One is a don who is seriously injured and later killed in a police encounter. Another is a don look-alike rustic guy named Vijay, who is clandestinely sent on a mission by a cop to impersonate as the Don.

Priyanka Chopra
'Don' has Priyanka Chopra playing the role of Roma, enacted by Zeenat Aman in the original. Priyanka underwent a special training in martial arts for her role and she will be seen doing many dangerous stunts (including bike-riding) in the film.

Isha Koppikar
Isha Koppikar plays the role of the real Don's girlfriend Anita, which was enacted by Aparna Chaudhary in the original. However, unlike the 1978 flick, Isha's role in this film will have more substance and footage. Also, Isha has been made to look much more glamorous for her portions in the film.

Kareena Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor makes a rather brief appearance in the film. She comes in for the melodious song 'Yeh Mera Dil' in which she seduces Don. The song is a remixed rehash of the original song in the 1978 movie that had the ebullient Helen dancing to the track by Kalyandji-Anandji. Besides this song, Kareena also has few scenes in the movie.

The Others
Arjun Rampal plays Don's foe-turned-friend Jasjeet (played by Pran in the original), while Boman Irani plays the cop who sends the Don's look-alike into his gang on a top-secret mission.

The Story

Shah Rukh Khan plays Don, the leader of a ruthless drug mafia in Malaysia. Don's cleverness has made it virtually impossible for the Indian police to catch him. But eventually, the ever-elusive Don is cornered by the cops. He is seriously injured in a police encounter. And soon the word spreads that Don is dead.

It is then the chief cop De Silva (Boman Irani) makes his ingenious move. He sends a Don look-alike Vijay, a bumpkin, into Don's gang. Vijay's task is to impersonate as Don and help the police catch all the big fish in the dirty business.

While Vijay passes off as Don initially, his partners-in crime, particularly his girlfriend Anita, begins to sense a change in the man. In the meantime, Don comes closer to Roma (Priyanka Chopra) who is working amongst the gangsters for a personal reason.

Things take a turn for the worse after the cop who had sent Vijay on the secret mission is killed. None in the police force know of Vijay's mission. On the other hand, the mafia becomes more and more suspicious of their Don. So, Vijay finds himself hunted not just by the gangsters but also by the cops.

Caught between hell and high water, Vijay has only one option - to complete his mission and bring the truth to light. In this struggle he is fully helped by his sweetheart Roma and his friend Jasjeet.

The film will have Shah Rukh doing many dangerous stunts, which includes jumping from a height of 15,000 feet. Shah Rukh performed this stunt under the guidance of Hollywood stunt expert Joe Jennings, who has directed fights for movies like 'Charlie's Angels', 'XXX' and 'Air Force One'.

The film's music has been given by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics are written by Javed Akhtar.

'Don' has five songs, of which two ('Yeh Mera Dil' and 'Khaike Paan Banaras Wala') are the remixed, club versions of the same songs from the original. The film also has 'Main Hoon Don' but it's entirely different from the one in Bachchan's movie. Apart from these, there is also a Ganpati song 'Morya Re' and a song called 'Aaj Ki Raat', picturised on both Priyanka Chopra and Isha Koppikar.

One big challenge for Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and singer Udit Narayan was to recreate the magic of Kishore Kumar's immortal song Khaike Paan Banaras Wala. The new version of the song has many improvisations. The song has Shah Rukh Khan rendering a few lines with gusto. There is a brief pause in the song before Udit again takes over from SRK.

'Don' is undoubtedly among the most awaited movies of this year. The film has been shot in India, Kuala Lumpur and Paris.

The movie is set to release this Diwali-Eid with a record of 1500 prints globally.

Amitabh Bachchan
Don (1978)
Farhan Akhtar
Shah Rukh Khan
Priyanka Chopra
Isha Koppikar
Boman Irani
Arjun Rampal
Kareena Kapoor
Om Puri
Sushma Reddy
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