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Amitabh Bachchan was almost killed at the end of the movie when a stray bullet from 'Dharmendra' missed him by inches.
Initially, 'Dharmendra' was keen to play the role of Thakur Baldev Singh. He eventually relented when the director informed him that Sanjeev Kumar would play Veeru if that happened, and would get the heroine. Sanjeev Kumar had just then proposed marriage to Hema Malini. Dharmendra was in love with her and quickly went back to the role of Veeru.
Actor 'Amjad Khan' was almost dropped from the project because scriptwriter 'Javed Akhtar' found his voice too weak for Gabbar Singh's role.
The film was shot extensively in Ramnagaram near Bangalore, India. There are huge rocks of granite in this town which formed the backdrop of Gabbar Singh's hideout. As a mark of respect, the people of Ramnagaram renamed a hamlet in the town as Sippynagar after the director of the movie, Ramesh Sippy.
Hema Malini is not any scenes with Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri because Sanjeev had just proposed to Hema, and she did not want to be near him.
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Sachin received a refrigerator as remuneration for his acting.
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The train robbery sequence took about 20 days to film on the Mumbai-Pune line, near Panvel.
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The famous overhead tank scene where Veeru threatens Mausi with suicide and Jai attempts at making a proposal of marriage was drawn from a real-life incident.
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Actor Mushtaq Merchant plays two roles in the film. The first role is as the train driver in famous train scene. The second role is when Jai Veeru steal a Parsi mans motorcycle. He plays the Parsi man.
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Amjad Khan's calling one of his associates Sambha caught the fancy of not just moviegoers but also producers. Because of this, a producer promptly announced a movie titled "Sambha."
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The flamboyant Shatrughan Sinha was initially cast for the role of Jai, but Amitabh Bachchan convinced the producers that he was suitable for the role.
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Sholay, despite being a huge hit, received only one Filmfare award (best editing: MS Shinde...The awards for the best film, the best dialogues, the best direction and others went to Deewar.
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Jai and Veeru were named after Salim Khan's college friends, Veerandar Singh Bias, son of a jagirdar at Khajrana Kothi, Indore and Jai Singh Rao Kalevar, a Pindari warrior and vegetable farmer. Both have passed away.
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Although it is universally agreed that Sambha has only one line of dialogue in Sholay, he does speak at least once more. When Ahmed is riding away from Ramgarh, Gabbar's goons are seen playing a game of cards. Sambha says, 'Chal be Junga, chidi ki rani hai' to which one of the other goons replies, 'Chidi ki rani toh thik hai Sambha, woh dekh chidi ka gulam aa raha hai.'
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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.
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This film was directly inspired by the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, by Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954), Bandidos (1967) among others. Some critics at the time even began calling it a curry western.
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Initially a song called "Ke Chand Sa Koi Chehra" was recorded which is a qawwali, but the song was dropped from the movie owing to the length of the movie. One of the singers of the song was the lyricist Anand Bakshi while the others were Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar and Bhupendra.
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This was the first film in the history of Indian cinema to celebrate a silver-jubilee (25-week) initial release at over 100 theaters across India.
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The popular character Sambha has only one line of dialogue in the movie: when Gabbar Singh asks him to tell everyone how much reward is on his head, Sambha says, "All of fifty thousand!".
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The scene of killing of Thakur's family by Gabbar is an adaptation of the killing of McBain family by Frank in Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In The West .
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The comic scene in which Bachchan meets Basanti's (Hema Malini) mausi with Veeru's marriage proposal was drawn from a conversation Khan had with Honey Irani's (Javed Akhtar's then to-be wife) mother. Honey, eventually, married Javed. It was, in part, influenced by the famous Half Ticket (1962) scene in which Kishore Kumar paints a terrible picture of his own self to scare off a pandit who arrives with a possible alliance for marriage.
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Danny Denzongpa, who was initially offered the role of Gabbar Singh, was busy shooting Dharmatma (1975) in Afhganistan. He could not accept the role, and the reluctant second choice 'Amjad Khan' got it instead.
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India's second 70-milimetre, stereophonic-sound film. It premiered at Mumbai's Minerva theatre.
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Sholay's initial theatrical release was 10 years, where it played in a Mumbai theater. This record lasted until it was broken by Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), which was still in its initial theatrical release as of 2007.
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Only four 70mm prints of Sholay were released initially: one for Delhi, one for Uttar Pradesh and two for Bombay-Maharashtra. The same 70mm print was screened at two cinema halls in Delhi, which had different show timings. It would be taken back and forth between the two halls in a car. It was exactly the same with India's first 70mm film, Around the World.
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Salim-Javed sold two ideas to the producers Sippy's, Majboor and a four-line idea which later on went to become Sholay. Sholay was sold at a lesser price (Rs. 1.5 lakh) than the other Majboor (Rs 2 lakh). Majboor later was sold to producer Premji.
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It was Salim, known to the younger audience as Salman Khan's father, who recommended Amitabh Bachchan for Jai's character. It was met with some opposition, but a trial of Zanjeer convinced them to cast Amitabh.
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Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar's Thakur) is the name of Salim Khan father-in-law (wife Salma's father). A dentist by profession, he still has a clinic in Mahim, suburban Mumbai.
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It was Javed Akhtar who had proposed Amjad Khan's name after having spotted him and his brother Imtiaz in the play Ai Mere Watan Ke Logo in 1963. Amjad had acted in a few films before but Sholay was his first major billing.
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Salim Khan discloses how Jai's coin-flipping trick was directly adapted from the Gary Cooper-starring Garden of Evil. In that film, Gary Cooper and Richard Widmark draw cards to decide who will leave and who will stay behind to fight off the Apaches.
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The original ending of Sholay showed Gabbar Singh being killed by Thakur. The Sensor Board required to re shoot it and also some action scenes also redone because Censor Board found them extremely violent.
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Sharman Joshi's father starred in the film as one of Sanjeev Kumar' s sons.
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The casting of Sholay was more or less finished even before the release of Zanjeer.
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Director Manmohan Desai was first approached by the writing duo of Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan with the story for this movie. He was busy shooting Chacha Bhatija (1977) and could not accept the project.
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A hand can be seen in the right hand corner holding the front wheel of Dharmendra 's bike.It is during the song " Koi Haseena" when Dharmendra does a pop wheely with his cycle.
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Dharmendra did not use any make up for this film.
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Jagdeep's role of Soorma Bhopali was added once the film was completed. Salim Javed were very persistent the character of Soorma Bhopali be added in the film. They approaching Jagdeep and he refused. The first reason was the film was already completed and they did not consider him for Asrani's jailer role. The second reason was the producer G.P. still owed Jagdeep money from the film Bhramchari. Initially Salim Javed wanted Pran for the role. But they feared his Punjabi accent would be to heavy and the role would not suit him. Finally Jagdeep agreed with the agreement they would pay him his full market price for the small role.
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"Say You Love Me" Demis Roussos was the original inspiration for the song " Mehbooba Mehbooba".
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"The Clown (Episode C)" by Quasimoto sampled the song "Koi Haseena" and the Title music of Sholay.
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Kid Kishore remixed the song "Koi Haseena" and titled it "Oi Haseena".
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Bumpy Capers (Donald Macarthur Edinburgh, Britain) song "Funky Gems" sampled "Sholay Title Music".
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"Bombay Gangstarr" by Bollywood Freaks sampled "Sholay Title Music". From the International album Bombay Gangstarr .
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" MEHBOOBA MEHBOOBA" was remixed by Amit and San J of The X Zecutive . This for the album " Garma Garam 2 Asha Bhosle". This was the first remix ever done for this song. This was in 1991.
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Dialgue's of Sholay were remixed by Amit and San J of The X Zecutive. This was the first time Sholay dialogue's was remixed. This was for the album Garma Garam Amitabh. This was in the year 1990.
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"Yeh Dosti" was remixed by Amit and San J of The X Zecutive. This was the first time this song was remixed. This was for the album Garma Garam Amitabh. This was in the year 1990.
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Amjad Khan's dialog's were sampled in the album " Azmat: Power Packed 1 (Well Wicked) . The song's name was "Rave On". This was in 1991.
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"The Title Music" of Sholay had a cover version in the album "Jor" by Mani Rebel. The track was titled " Sambha's Backlash".This was in 1994.
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Danny Brown song " Dip" ( Sampolgy A/V Remix) sampled the song " Yeh Dosti".
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Horsepower Productions (High Plains Drifter) Featuring Gold Spot Productions song "Sholay (Epic Mix)" sampled dialogs from the film.
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Subatomicmantra song "Gabbar Drum and Bass Remix" sampled dialogs from the film.
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Ravi Narine & Natty song "Drink With We" was a cover version of "Yeh Dosti".
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"Sholay 2000 Mix" by Bali Brahmabhatt was a remix album with dialogs and songs from the film.
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Bali Brahmbhatt remix album "Gabbar MIx" released in 1998, had songs and dialogs remixed from the movie.
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The song "Block Party" by Dj Sanj ft - Stereo Nation sampled the song "Mehbooba Mehbooba".
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Sholay completed 40 years on 15th August 2015.
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The film was re-released in 3D format on 3 January 2014.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the original ending, the Thakur killed Gabbar. The Indian Censor Board did not agree with this ending, saying that its vigilante aspect undermined the rule of law and could adversely influence naive young minds. So, a new ending was created that showed the police running in at the last moment, arresting Gabbar, and specifically telling the Thakur that only the law has the right to punish criminals. The original ending was restored in the 204-minute director's cut.
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