The Making of Don – Krishna Gopalan

UntitledHow many times it has ever happened with you that you’ve loved a movie, watched it over and over again and have tried to know how and under what circumstances it was made? Even at times you may have wanted to know more about your favourite film, finding consolidated information about it and every aspect of its making is something similar to finding a needle in a haystack. Internet doesn’t come in handy too. Don is one movie which I believe every Indian knows about. Be it the original one starring Amitabh Bachchan or Farhan Akhtar’s adaptation of starring Shahrukh Khan and then a sequel of it and all these three films were massive blockbusters.

One fine day, Rupa Publications sent me a lot of five review copies of books out of which one was titled “The Making of Don”. The book caught my fantasy immediately as I love the movie and have watched it several times. A cult film and a classic with a star cast that sounds too good to be true in today’s times. I could have never imagined that this film was made like the way it was which I got to know after I finished reading the book in a span of two hours.

I must give it to Krishna Gopalan, associate editor at Outlook Business to think of writing this book after meeting Chandra Barot, the director of Don. The book took shape over a year over endless cups of tea and chats about the film and Bollywood of 1970s. The book begins with a foreward by Chandra Barot himself stating that “Don was not just another script or a routine project. It was the result of a thought to do something for a friend” and that friend was Nariman Irani. And how could something done with such a noble approach go wrong? Well, it certainly didn’t as we all know.

The book tells you about everything that went into making Don what it is. Right from a collective decision of several people to come forward and make this movie happen despite of their busy schedules to Barot’s intelligent vision to make things work in his favour against all odds. How the idea of the character of Don was conceived while Amitabh Bachchan and Barot were watching Sanjeev Kapoor starrer Naya Din Nayi Raat to hunting locations to shoot within limited budgets.  S.D. Burman turning down to do the music of the film to how Khaike Paan Banaraswaala came into existence after Barot’s mentor’s advice and became an instant hit with Kishore Kumar lending his voice for the song. The book is filled with anecdotes that will take you by surprise and end up saying that Chandra Barot is a genius filmmaker. I want to tell a lot more about what is there in the book but I will hold myself because I don’t want to spoil it for a reader. This book can be termed as the director’s cut of Don. It is the first hand account of everything that one can associate with this classic in Gopalan’s words.

Gripping from the word go and keeping the pace intact till the end, this book should be read by each and every person who has seen the film and loved it. Even those who haven’t seen the film, they should first read this book and then watch the movie to learn and understand the nuances of everything behind it. I highly recommend it.

Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Rupa Books
Genre : Non-Fiction
Price : Rs. 195/-

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