Sholay - 40th Anniversary

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Sholay, unarguably one of the most iconic Bollywood to be ever made. Released on 15th August 1975 will be completing 40 years this week. It was panned by critics and dismissed by the public when it released.

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The Illustrated Weekly of India (now defunct), a sister publication of The Times of India, said in the August 31, 1975 issue: "There is nothing in the script of Salim-Javed to make this 'the greatest story ever told,' it is just another dacoit tale on the lines of Mujhe Jeene Do, Gunga Jumna, Mera Gaon Mera Desh... The stereophonic sound and other technical innovations redeem Sholay from the shallows. Ramesh Sippy has introduced a feeling of verve and some of the action is gripping. But no sooner you are out of the theatre, it is gone: you realize that a story built on negative emotions like hatred and violence can have no lasting impression on the mind... Where the film fails is in its music — there is not one song that can be singled out as a noteworthy composition."
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Sunday Standard, incorporating the Sunday Indian Express, too was underwhelmed. In its review headlined, "Yet another dacoit film with Hollywood touch", the film critic wrote in its Delhi edition: "In their desperate search for new material, the manufacturers of Bombay's dacoit series have by now scraped everything of the barrel. And so what Salim-Javed sit down to do is the painstaking job of reassembling the parts, strictly to suit the individual talents of the 'greatest star cast ever assembled' all of which (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Bad Day at Black Rock, Bonnie and Clyde, Secret of Santa Vittoria, etc) add up to a shaggy dog Western, sporadically funny, ludicrously heroic, monstrously violent and sprawled in loose limbed abandon."
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Theaters were to stop screening the movie after a week since the turnout was bleak. However word of mouth spread and people started coming to watch the movie. It ran for over 5 years (286 weeks) at Minerva in Bombay. The first movie to do so.

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But after a lukewarm first week, collections miraculously picked up on the second Sunday and kept growing. Ten weeks after its release, India’s first 70-mm film in stereophonic sound was declared a blockbuster, playing in 102 theatres.

It remained unchallenged for 70-75 weeks in three theatres, celebrated a golden jubilee in 60 and a silver jubilees in over a 100 cinemas. In Calcutta’s Jyoti cinema it ruled for 103 weeks and in Minerva it ran uninterrupted for 286 weeks till December 10, 1980. It is said that for the first 75 weeks the current booking counter in Minerva didn’t open. Then, as the craze abated, between 1978 and 1980, it was screened only in matinee shows.
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If I am not mistaken this was the first movie where audio cassettes of the dialogues were sold and also outsold the audio cassettes of the songs. Gabbar's "Kitne aadmi the", "Ab tera kya hoga Kaalia" are still well remembered. The only time a character with only one dialogue in the entire movie is still remembered, Samba (Macmohan)


All characters in the movie are still remembered even those who appeared for a couple of scenes like

Soorma Bhopali



Angrez ke zamane ka jailer (The jailer from the British era) along with Hariram nai (barber)



Mausi



Villagers ("yeh suicide kya hota hai" "What is suicide")



The well shot train scene


The scenes and characters are still etched in the memories of the people who watched the movies years ago. I rarely find a movie nowadays where this has been repeated.

The original movie shows Thakur killing Gabbar. The censor board objected to this ending and wanted to show that Gabbar is arrested by the police. The original ending below


The edited scene where Gabbar kills the maulana's grandson. In the movie Gabbar crushes an ant.


A qawwali was also shot for this movie which was chopped off at the editing table and also does not appear on the audio cassettes.

Chand sa koi chehra


I have watched the movie numerous times and still watch it in bits and pieces when it is shown on television. I also have a CD of the movie and hope junior likes the movie when he sees it. He already knows about Jai and Veeru since they have been spoofed in a cartoon show called Sholay Adventures.

The full movie with subtitles

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Have to watch it for 17371st time this week :-D , TFS
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A blunder from the movie.

During the Koi haseena song when Veeru does a wheelie on the bicycle we can see a hand holding the front tyre which is in the air.

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During the Thakur Gabbar fight at the end, one can see Thakur's hand inside the kurta.

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I've heard of Sholay before, but I haven't seen it. I'll make sure to get the movie so I can watch it. It looks really good. Thanks, Aarosh.
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The bond remains the same
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Originally Posted by DaisyL View Post I've heard of Sholay before, but I haven't seen it. I'll make sure to get the movie so I can watch it. It looks really good. Thanks, Aarosh.
I am sure you've seen other versions of Sholay.

Sholay (1975) is the Indianized version of the original 1954 movie “Seven Samurai” by Akira Kurosawa. Seven Samurai has consistently ranked highly across critics' greatest film polls and has remained highly influential, often seen as one of the most "remade, reworked, referenced" films in cinema worldwide. Read more …

Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" (1954) is not only a great film in its own right, but the source of a genre that would flow through the rest of the century. The critic Michael Jeck suggests that this was the first film in which a team is assembled to carry out a mission--an idea which gave birth to its direct Hollywood remake, "The Magnificent Seven," as well as "The Guns of Navarone," "The Dirty Dozen" and countless later war, heist and caper movies. Read more …


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During Sholay Ahmed (Sachin) was a veteran in the industry while Chacha (A K Hangal) was a new comer.

Jai (Amitabh) requested Veeru (Dharmendra) to recommend him to the director for the role. This was before Zanjeer released. After Zanjeer the Angry Young Man became a superstar on his own.

Dharmendra wanted to do Thakur's role, however when the director informed that Sanjeev will be paired against Hema he relented and agreed to play Veeru. Sanjeev had proposed marriage to Hema some time earlier which was rejected by her.

Danny was the original choice to portray Gabbar however he was busy filming Dharamatma in Afghanistan and opted out. Amjad was reluctantly cast since the writers didn't feel his dialogue delivery was upto the mark.
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Originally Posted by DaisyL View Post I'll make sure to get the movie so I can watch it. It looks really good.
I have provided a Youtube link with subtitles in the first post.
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More than The Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven, this film is inspired by Once Upon a Time in the West.

The wiki article on A.K.Hangal doesn't mention Sara Akash. That's when he was first noticed by film critics.
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Originally Posted by RWeHavingFunYet View Post I am sure you've seen other versions of Sholay.

Sholay (1975) is the Indianized version of the original 1954 movie Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa.

Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" (1954) is not only a great film in its own right, but the source of a genre that would flow through the rest of the century. The critic Michael Jeck suggests that this was the first film in which a team is assembled to carry out a mission--an idea which gave birth to its direct Hollywood remake, "The Magnificent Seven," as well as "The Guns of Navarone," "The Dirty Dozen" and countless later war, heist and caper movies.




You're right, I have seen Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, The Guns of Navarone, and the Dirty Dozen. All good movies, so I'm sure I'll like Sholay.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post I have provided a Youtube link with subtitles in the first post.
Perfect! I didn't notice that. I'll be watching that today. Thanks very much!
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Read in today's TOI an article about Kaalia here

The last paragraph mentioned in the article can be seen in the link below.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2c...ndi_shortfilms (from the 46th minute to 54th minute)
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An interview with Ramesh Sippy on 2nd October 2013, 40 years after the first day of the shooting of the Sholay.

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http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/wal...-part-1/295736

Part 2

http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/wal...-part-2/296593
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Has anybody read the book 'Sholay - The Making of a Classic' by Anupama Chopra?

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Watching Sholay now in Zee Cinema.

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