Amitabh Bachchan was not the first choice for ‘Don’, the loss of these 3 iconic stars was his gain!

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When Amitabh Bachchan wasn’t the first one asked for Don! (Photo credit: still from the film)

Over the years, we have seen many Bollywood actors who rejected a role for some particular reason and later found out that the movie was a complete success. One such example can be the movie, Don which was released in 1978. The movie starred Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role, but did you know that the actor was not the first choice?

Let’s see which actors were offered the role of Don before Big B!

The film directed by Chandra Barot was previously offered to 3 emblematic actors. The director previously confirmed that the crime thriller was first pitched to actors Dev Anand, Jeetendra and Dharmendra, but all three rejected the film.

It is said that the film was made so that director Chandra Barot could pay his close friend to pay off his debts. The director also revealed that previously the film did not have a proper title and was referred to as “Don wali screenplay” in the industry. Later, Amitabh Bachchan landed the role and as we all know the movie became one of the biggest blockbusters in Hindi film industry.

Don in 1978 featured Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Helen, Pran, Mac Mohan and others were in lead roles. There were several remakes of the film, including the 2006 version which had the same title and featured Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role. The 2006 version of the film also starred Boman Irani, Arjun Rampal, Om Puri, Priyanka Chopra recreating roles from the 1978 film.

Professionally, Amitabh Bachchan appears on television as the host of the long-running game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, which is airing its 13th season this year. Other than that, the icon was last seen in the movie “Chehre” which is available on Amazon Prime videos. The film also features Emraan Hashmi, Krystle D’Souza, Rhea Chakraborty, among others.

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