Monday, December 26, 2011

The original Don 2 and Hawa Hawa

Now that Don 2 is released, this reminds me of the original Don 2.
Yes, just like there was an original Don starring Amitabh that SRK's Don was based on, there is also an original Don 2, but SRK's Don 2 is mostly not based on that.
People who were of the time when Doordarshan was the only channel around and Wednesday's Chitrahaar was religiously watched and not missed, might remember. There was even a song that became famous from this Don 2. And that song is...believe it or not...

Hawa Hawa.

Yes, the same dhin-chak number which is a strong favorite of mine even now! It used to get the pride of place during the assembly and classroom discussions after the week's Chitrahaar was aired.

Well, the story supposedly goes like this. It seems they wanted to release Hasan Jahangir's hit songs, including the iconic Hawa Hawa, and so made a direct-to-video cheesy movie titled Don 2 starring Jeet Upendra. He's the guy who's in the video of the song dancing around the Bandra seaface. I remember him from the serial 'Ajnabee' starring Danny Denzongpa that used to air on DD.

Also, see if you can spot SRK's Mannat during the song before it was bought and renovated by SRK. It is a 3:33 in the video.


Hawa Hawa itself has multiple copies. Bappi Lahiri lifted the tune for Govinda's Java Java.
And well, Hawa Hawa was not Hasan Jahangir's original as well. He lifted it from an old Iranian song titled Havar Havar. Listen to that below.

8 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Great writeup and yeah a blast from the past..

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Anonymous said...

Mate, do you have the full movie ? If so, can you please share with us ?

GANESH R Iyer said...

Hellow Prasanth,

It is very nice that you posted the details of DON-2, my favourite too.

Kiran Dhone said...

Makes nostalgic, bring back the childhood memories when life was really pleasant peaceful and away from today's hectic life of multiple channels, crowd shout of mobiles,

manish kumar said...

Its a great experience which you shared and it takes me back to the 80s, thanks

Aninda Banerjee said...

Icould, remember my elder sister's wedding, it was the life, before i admitted to the school, i hummed the song, always, & i can remember the mistake, done by my neighboring friends, they thought that the star was mithun chakraborty, i never find the song again. After so many years, theres a bengali song on this music, in 2009.which was also a huge hit. I just got to know, it was not mithun chakraborty, only after searching on google. I searched, after the new song from mubarakan released. It reminded me my past, happy days of childhood. Thanks for your post, through which i got to know the original name of the star.