"Arey Deewano Mujhe Pehchano... Mein Hoon Don..." This blockbuster song from 1978's original Don starring Amitabh Bachchan in the titular role, penned by Anjaan and voiced by the legend Kishore Kumar, still tops the chartbusters.
Don, the action-thriller flick written by Salim-Javed and directed by Chandra Barot went on to break several records of its time. The movie has so far been remade multiple times in different languages including Hindi. Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan stepped into the shoes of Millennium Star (Big B) and the real Don in 2006.
Though the story plot of SRK's 'Don: The Chase Begins Again' saw a bit of twist, everything almost remained the same including the blockbuster songs like 'Mein Hoon Don', 'Khaike Paan Banaras Wala' and 'Yeh Mera Dil.' However, Big B still holds the trademark of being the 'real Don' of the Indian Cine Industry.
What sparked the buzz?
A few days back, Big B got nostalgic as his movie completed 44 years. He shared a pic showing a crowded theatre and captioned it, "Advance booking of my film DON .. ! And they said .. THEY .. that the queues were a mile long 🥺 .... released in 1978 .. 44 years !!
Later, on June 19, Big B shared another picture in which he is seen giving his autograph on his Don poster while SRK is seen kneeling beside him. He captioned the pic, "…. and … errr … continuing in the same vein .. DON."
Following that, rumours have sparked that both the dons will be seen together in the third installment of the Don franchise. While fans are highly anticipating to watch both the Dons together, a report published in E Times suggests that both will share screen space in Don 3.
SRK's Don, directed by Farhan Akhtar had a sequel in 2011 - 'Don 2: The King Is Back'. Meanwhile, certain reports have confirmed that Excel Entertainment is planning the third installment of its Don franchise and the makers have already initiated writing the script for the flick.
However, there is no confirmation regarding Don 3 or Big B and SRK coming together in it. Fans need to wait for an official confirmation from either the makers or the Bollywood 'Dons.'
Big B & SRK together have left several blockbusters
The fuelled rumour certainly has raised the hopes of movie lovers and fans of both the B Town biggies. If the buzz is anything to go by, this won't be the first time that audience will see both the actors together.
It is worthwhile to mention that if the duo shares screen space in Don, this won't be the first. The audience has already seen both multiple times onscreen in movies like Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khusi Kabhi Gham, Veer Zaara, Paheli and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehena.
Fans of the duo have celebrated their onscreen presence and so will be repeated in Don 3.
What can enthrall the audience?
However, if the makers have only plans of the mere presence of Big B in Don 3, it won't enthrall the audience. The Jhund actor must reprise his role as Don and SRK needs to reprise his Don. While SRK continues as the Don, Big B in Don, who is Vijay in real, might come across a situation where he is forced to take a 'u turn' and become the Don for everyone's good. If the duo lock horns to claim the title, it would definitely be a treat for the fans.
The Pink actor doesn't need to prove his potential as even at this age of 79 years old, Big B has been carrying several movies on his shoulders. His recent movies like Jhund, Thugs Of Hindostan, Pink, Paa, and Buddha Hoga Tera Baap are enough to prove that still, the 79-year-old actor throws challenges to the next-gen actors.
Don & the legacy...
Big B's don has left a rich legacy. His blockbuster movie inspired several South Indian remakes. The first was remade as Yugandhar in Telugu in 1979 starring NTR in the lead. The next year, it was remade in Tamil as Billa which starred Rajinikanth. It emerged as a breakthrough film for the Tamil actor after which he was counted among the top Tamil actors.
Later, the movie was remade in 1986 in Malayalam as Shobaraj starring Mohanlal. Even a Pakistani movie was remade in Punjabi language titled Cobra.
Following that, SRK came up with the same title in 2006 and it was also remade in Telugu titled Billa starring Prabhas. Tamil star Ajith also remade the movie in 2007 with Billa as the title. Later, both SRK and Ajith came up with sequels to their movies.