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Sholay  (1975 - Hindi)

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  • Pritam Roy
    Pritam Roywrote on 01 Jun 2013

    'Sholay' was the Hindi first film, to release dialogue soundtrack with its music.

  • Archana Kadam
    Archana Kadamwrote on 03 Mar 2011

    Danny Denzongpa, who was initially offered the role of Gabbar Singh, was busy shooting Dharmatma (1975) in Afhganistan.

    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.

  • Archana Kadam
    Archana Kadamwrote on 03 Mar 2011

    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.

    The train robbery sequence took about 20 days to film on the Mumbai-Pune line, near Panvel.

    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."

  • Ravi Bhattacharya
    Ravi Bhattacharyawrote on 08 Feb 2011

    Actor Amjad Khan was almost dropped from Sholay because scriptwriter Javed Akhtar found his voice weak for Gabbar Singh's role.

  • Ravi Bhattacharya
    Ravi Bhattacharyawrote on 07 Feb 2011

    DANNY was the initial choice for GABBAR….and both THAKUR and GABBAR revolved in every aspect of the story of an epic called SHOLEY.

  • Ravi Bhattacharya
    Ravi Bhattacharyawrote on 07 Feb 2011

    In Sholey each actor wanted to play the other's role. THAKUR'S and GABBAR'S role were the juiciest ones. AMITABH BACHHAN and SANJEEV KUMAR wanted to play GABBAR. DHARMENDRA wanted to play the THAKUR. But he relented when the director informed him that in this case SANJEEV KUMAR would play VEERU and get the heroine. SANJEEV KUMAR had just then proposed marriage to HEMA. DHAMRMENDRA was in love with her and so it did not take DHARAM JEE a single moment to go back to the role of Veeru.

  • Shruti Goyal
    Shruti Goyalwrote on 19 Aug 2010

    goof up : In the movie Sholay, there is a water tank situated in the middle of the village from where Dharmendra tries to commit suicide. But if you recall, Jaya Bachchan is seen lighting the lamps every night which means there is no electricity in the village. So how is the water pumped into this tank? Or was the tank there only for suicides?

  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 09 Aug 2009

    Whereas Veeru and Basant's relationship is steeped in the traditional Bollywood style of loud fun and humour, Radha and Jai are united together through silence. Radha walks around the building, turning off the lamps in the house . After that, Radha goes into her room to listen to the sound of Jai's harmonica. Every light in the house is off but she does not turn the light off in her room. The light in her room indicates hope of a new beginning.

  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 09 Aug 2009

    To the villagers of Ramgarh, the arrival of Jai and Veeru is both a threat and an opportunity. They represent change but hold out the promise of a happier and progressive future. Veeru and Jai emphasise their urban outlook by wearing denim jeans . At one stage, Basanti complains to Jai and Veeru, "Tum shaherwale samajhte ho ke hum gaonwale ka akal hai nahi". These two urban immigrants are shown as being opposed to traditionalism.

  • Dipen Guha
    Dipen Guhawrote on 09 Aug 2009

    "Sholay" was to give a definite impetus to the romance between Hema And Dharam. At one stage during the making of the film Dharmendra, realizing that the real star of the film would be Gabbar, suggested to Ramesh Sippy that he wanted to switch to playing him. Sippy said, "If we switch roles, then Sanjeev gets Hema Malini in the end". Dharmendra decided that it was too big a risk to take. "Veeru is good. I think I'll stick to playing Veeru"

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