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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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Sanjeev Kumar ...
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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 ...
Hariram
Sachin ...
Ahmed
Alankar Joshi ...
Deepak (as Master Alankar)
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Was about to be removed from cinemas because of low attendance figures, but attendance started rising and word-of-mouth made it Indian cinema's biggest hit (until Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)) with some theaters playing the film for several years. See more »

Goofs

When Basanthi is being chased by bandits, while crossing the wooden bridge she does a small stunt, she moves the horse cart and breaks down the bridge and moves ahead, so the bandits are forced to take a detour to catch her. Veeru follows them and also find the bridge broken and take a detour. Both Basanti and Veeru are caught by the bandits and Jai rescues them later. While returning after being saved by Jai from Gabbar's den, Veeru, Basanti and Jai are seen crossing the same bridge which is fully intact. See more »

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[first lines]
Jailer: Errr... Thakur sahib?
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Referenced in Eena Meena Deeka (1994) See more »

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Holi Ke Din
Performed by Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
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5 January 2004 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

If you liked "Once upon a time in the west", "The magnificent seven" and "A fistful of dollars", you will love "Sholay". It takes all the good ingredients of a western, spices it with a lot of Indian ingredients and lets it simmer until you get one of the finest "curry" westerns imaginable. Though obviously very much inspired by the "spaghetti" westerns of the late 1960s/early 1970s, this easily surpasses most of the films it's modeled after. A masterpiece.


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