"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"