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Had it not been for Manoj Kumar, the song ‘Khaike Paan Banaras Wala’ would not have been included in ‘Don’


Flash Back Very few people would know that the all time popular song ‘Khaike Paan Banaras Wala’ was not included in the film Don till a few days before its release. But how this song got included in the film, read this interesting story to know.

Had it not been for Manoj Kumar, the song 'Khaike Paan Banaras Wala' would not have been included in 'Don'

imagine for a moment that Amitabh Bachchan 1978 release film ‘Don’ I have everything butKhaike Paan Banaras Wala‘ is not a song. How would you feel then? obviously every’Don‘ or say that big b This will be like a big shock to the lover. Many people will say – this cannot happen. Because ‘Don‘Film and’Khaike Paan Banaras WalaThe popularity of both the songs is intertwined in such a way that it cannot be separated.

Today whenever we listen to this song, it seems that it is a promotional song of this film. This song also has a big role in making the film a blockbuster. But you will be surprised to know that this most popular song was not written for ‘Don’ at all. In fact, this song was not a part of the film till some time before its release. Just imagine what would have happened if this song had not been in this film! Would it have made any difference to the popularity of this film even then?

Combination of thrill and adventure

Chandra Barot Such magic of the suspense thriller of the film ‘Don’, directed by K.K., is seen in very few films. The film was so perfect in terms of story, songs, location and action that even after two decades it was remade and every part of it became a super duper hit. It is said that such a combination of thrill and adventure was seen in very few films.

Special show for Manoj Kumar

This incident happened when director Chandra Barot was a little confused after making the film. He could not understand whether people would like this film in the current format or not. So he organized a special screening with special friends and select filmmakers before the formal release. Chandra Barot used to respect Manoj Kumar a lot. And used to celebrate that Manoj Kumar has no match in reading the pulse of the audience.

Manoj Kumar’s suggestion worked

The special screening of ‘Don’ is over. There was light in the hall. But everyone’s face was tense. Seeing the atmosphere, Manoj Kumar then said to Chandra Barot – You have made a very beautiful film but… it does not give the audience a chance to move from the chair. The story always keeps in tension. In this, the audience does not get any chance to relieve. Your songs are also intertwined in the tension of the film.

It didn’t take long to understand Chandra Barot. Manoj Kumar wants entertainment somewhere in the middle of the film. Chandra Barot could not cut Manoj Kumar’s words. But a finished film could not even be postponed for a long release. So some short cut jugaad was taken out. It was thought to find a ready-made song that could fit the story of the film and the character.

Kishore Kumar also did not want to sing

During this search operation, the music composer duo of ‘Don’, Kalyanji-Anandji,Khaike Paan Banaras wala’ Reminded me of a song from Devanand’s film ‘Banarasi Babu‘ could not be included. Singer Kishore Kumar also got the word Purabiya ‘trench’ Didn’t like it. He didn’t want to sing that song. But after Minnat, Kishore Da sang it and a new scene was created with Zeenat Aman to film that song.

Later, when this film was released, the fame ‘Don‘ got, equally popular this song also became. You can say that the promotional song of ‘Don’ became-Khaike Paan Banaras Wala, Both became complementary to each other.

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