In this action packed classic, Amitabh Bachchan is magnetic in a dual role as a suave crime lord and his lookalike, a poor street performer roped into impersonating him by the police.
The influence of Blaxploitation flicks is apparent in this stylish thriller, with its funky soundtrack, delightful ’70s fashions and tangled undercover capers. When notoriously cold-blooded crime boss Don is killed in a police chase, DSP D’Silva (Iftekhar) schemes to cover it up, drafting the hapless Vijay, a humble migrant from the country who happens to look exactly like Don, as an undercover agent. Vijay’s dangerous mission is to pass as Don and bust his international cartel. In a feminist twist, Zeenat Aman defies stereotypes as a deadly interloper out to avenge her brother’s murder. Tensions between rich and poor in contemporary Mumbai provide rich subtext to the action, intrigue and fantastic musical numbers.
1979 Filmfare Awards:
Winner Best Actor (Amitabh Bachchan)
Winner Best Male Playback Singer (Kishore Kumar)
Winner Best Female Playback Singer (Asha Bhosle)