Do you remember the day Don was released?
It was a big disappointment and declared a flop because not many people turned up. Luckily for me, within a week, the song Khaike Paan Banaraswala became a big hit.
Word of mouth publicity led to the film becoming a big hit from the second week on. It ran for 50 weeks in all centres and for 75 weeks in Hyderabad.
How was Khaike Paan Banaraswala incorporated into the film?
One must give credit to music director Babla, the brother of Kalyanji-Anandji, who included the song. Lyricist Sameer's father Anjaan wrote it.
I must also thank Manoj Kumar, who told me a song was needed. When he saw it, he said the film was too tight. He said it made taking a toilet break difficult, because the story was so gripping! So, we included that song.
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Yeh Mera Dil, filmed on Helen, was quite a rage...
It was. When Helen danced for that song, she was 40. She did a brilliant job. That song happened because of my fascination for James Bond films. I have always loved fast cars, women and action, which is why I included those elements in Don.