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Sholay (1975)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 15 August 1975 (India)
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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 the bandit.

Director:

Ramesh Sippy

Writers:

Javed Akhtar (as Salim-Javed), Salim Khan (as Salim-Javed)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanjeev Kumar ... Thakur Baldev Singh
Dharmendra ... Veeru
Amitabh Bachchan ... Jai
Amjad Khan ... Gabbar Singh
Hema Malini ... Basanti
Jaya Bhaduri ... Radha
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 ... Sambha
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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The greatest star cast ever assembled.......The greatest story ever told


Certificate:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

15 August 1975 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Embers See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangalore, Karnataka, India See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (rough cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)| Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When Gabbhar shoots his three henchmen, all three are facing him. Yet, when they're lying dead, one has a wound on the back of his neck and one has a wound on his mid-back. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jailer: Errr... Thakur sahib?
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Alternate Versions

Sholay was originally filmed in 70mm and in 4:3 ratio. It was released in cinemas in a matted 2.35:1 ratio from the original 4:3 print. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Luck by Chance (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Sholay Title Theme
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
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Awesome movie. My all time fave. The best villain in the history of bollywood.
9 September 2013 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

This movie is just one of the best Hindi movie i have seen. Its one of my favorite film. It has all the elements that a good Hindi movie must have. The settings of the hilly mountainous village, the dusty n tough terrain, the train sequence n the villain Gabbar played menacingly by Amjad Khan, were all awesome. Such is the impact of the villains acting is that u always remember him by his character's name frm the movie. One of the movies you remember for life. Amitabh Bachan and Dharmendra were awesome too. The character of Hema malini was cheesy n unbelieavable though. A woman riding a horse chariot that too in the cow belt area wher rape is rampant. Nevertheles the film is solid entertainment. It is a story of friendship, courage and revenge, based loosely around the concepts of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai & The Magnificent Seven with shades of Once uopn a time in the west. A true cinematic masterpiece.


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