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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


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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

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." See more »

Goofs

Jai and Veeru are fighting the last encounter with the bandits. Jai is left alone to fight the bandits and he is using both the hands for holding the guns and pistols, keeps firing from them regularly. Later Veeru returns and holds Jai in his arms, during that period you can see Jai's both palms in open position, there are many shots and for many minutes that shows his open palm, but at the end Veeru is seen picking up the "Magic" coin from one of Jai's now closed fist. See more »

Quotes

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

There has recently been a director's cut of Sholay shown on the asian u.k. satellite channel 'Zee TV', this has not been released up till now on cinemas. It contains the original ending director Ramesh Sippy intended that shows GabarSingh being killed at the hands of Thakur, instead of just being arrested by police. The film ran into problems with Indian Censors who claimed their rules about people taking the law into their own hands and not being punished for it was not permitted and may corrupt naive viewers; for this reason the ending of the film had to be re-shot for a 'U' Rating. Other unrated footage includes a more graphic footage of the fight between Gabar and Thakur in the film's ending, the subsequent pre-torture footage of a young village boy (showing Gabar's ruthlessness), Veeru dragging a bandit with a neck-noose galluping on horse- back, Ramlal fitting metal-spiked studs on Thakur's shoes, a village person on fire during a raid by Gabar. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Sholay Title Theme
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
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Superb!
13 July 2000 | by vitalstatistixSee 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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