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Sholay (1975)

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After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanjeev Kumar ...
Amjad Khan ...
A.K. Hangal ...
Imaam Saheb
Satyendra Kapoor ...
Ramlal (as Satyen Kappu)
Iftekhar ...
Narmalaji (Radha's father)
Leela Mishra ...
Mausie (as Leela Misra)
Vikas Anand ...
Jailer assigned to bring Veeru & Jaidev
Mac Mohan ...
Keshto Mukherjee ...
Sachin ...
Alankar Joshi ...
Deepak (as Master Alankar)


Sholay means embers in Hindi. In this particular movie, a Police Officer, who's family was killed by a bandit named Gabbar Singh, decides to fight fire with fire and recruits two convicts, Jai and Veeru to capture Gabbar. He approaches them in jail, puts the proposal in front of them, and they agree to bring in Gabbar Singh alive - for a hefty price. After their discharge from jail, they travel by train to the village where the Police Officer lives - now with only his widowed daughter-in-law. The three band together to fight one of the most elusive and dreaded bandits of all time. Will the two ex-cons be able to bring Gabbar alive to the Police Officer? Written by Calista

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Mac Mohan was to play his character Sambha for a movie scene in Athithi Kab Jaoge 2010 on the day of the shoot on the sets he was rushed to the hospital in a very critical condition as he was suffering from cancer,later Viju Khothe essayed his character of Kaalia for the scene. See more »


In the song "Koi Haseena" when Veeru does wheeling on his cycle, we see a man's hand and head while holding front wheel. See more »


[first lines]
Jailer: Errr... Thakur sahib?
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Referenced in Mela (2000) See more »


Mehbooba Mehbooba
Performed by Rahul Dev Burman
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
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13 July 2000 | by (Delhi, India) – See all my reviews

This is one movie which is flawless. Great performances from everyone. The cast of the movie is just perfect. Gabbar's character remains indelibly etched on your mind once you've seen him in action. Amitabh is definitely one of the greatest actors of all times. His portrayal of a criminal with morals is all the way tops along with Brando's Vito Corleone. I think the part about cheating with false coin to save Viru's life (sacrificing his own) was a lovely storyteller's touch. 10 all the way!

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