Amitabh Bachchan has recently let the world know his 1973 blockbuster was titled "Don." He even revealed that many of the industry veterans were not happy with the choice of the film's name. As the cult movie of an coveted criminal completed 41 years, the 76-year-old actor celebrated the day which gave him one of the most popular, layered characters he ever essayed on the silver screen
'Don' was a name title that no one in the market approved of. They 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," Bachchan wrote on his blog.
The "Badla" star also shared a funny anecdote on the film title's comparison with a "very popular brand of vests".
"They were carrying the name 'DAWN'. DON phonetically sounded much like that brand of undergarment in the market. There was consternation in titling a film that conveyed an undergarment," he added.
Only after the release of Hollywood classic "Godfather" the title 'Don' became "respectable".
"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."
The film was written by popular writer duo Salim-Javed and directed by Chandra Barot. It also starred Zeenat Aman, Iftekhar, Helen and Pran.
The actor will be next seen in Chehra starring Emran Hashmi that went on floors last week. He will also play a crucial part in Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starrer Brahmastra.