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Sholay
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"Tera kya hoga Kaalia?"
"Maine to aapka namak khaya hai sarkar..."
"To phir ab goli kha..."

"Woh kitne aadmi the?"
"Do, sarkar..."
"Aur tum?"

Hundreds of millions. And they all fell in love, and there was never a 7-year or a 14-year or a any-other-year itch, too. That's how deep the affair was. Sholay, Gabbar Singh, Thakur, Kaalia and Basanti are such legendary and unforgettable words. The reminiscences are never-ending, and they never fail to take you to a diaphanous world of dreams and bring back the fond memories of the youthful days some 25 years back.

The roaring sounds of a steam engine that's puffing to the Ramgarh station, its slow movements and the screech as it halts, and not a soul in the vicinity. Can one ever forget the opening scene of Sholay? The drama and action that follow maintain a very high technical order throughout the film, for which Sippy has been lauded time and again.

Sholay is the charming story of two convicts Jai and Veeru (played by Amitabh and Dharmendra) who are brought out of jail by a Thakur (played by Sanjeev Kumar) to complete a semi-accomplished mission. Sanjeev Kumar is the police inspector of Ramgarh till the dreaded dacoit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan in the role of a lifetime) cuts off his hands publicly for daring to capture him. And our heroes land in at the deserted village of Ramgarh as the fauz (army) of the Thakur, their ex-jailer.

Salim-Javed's sparkling dialogue is remembered even today, over 25 years after the film was first released. Be it the venom spewed by Gabbar or the comical utterances of an inebriated Dharmendra atop the village tank threatening suicide ("angrezi log jab marte hain to suicide kehte hain..."), the dialogues have attained iconic status and inspired innumerable other comic situations.

Sholay was supposed to be a showcase for Dharmendra, the reigning king, and it instead catapulted Amitabh into a league that no one has ever reached again. And it made a legend out of the villain too! Who in India (definitely in the entire North) wouldn't have heard of Gabbar Singh? Bete sojaa, varna Gabbar Singh aajaayegaa! Amjad Khan's portrayal of the dacoit was so striking, you actually hated and dreaded him. Perhaps the only other movie where you would remember Amjad Khan is Qurbani, and that for the songs. He could never match his debut, never again.

Sholay served as the platform for many to venture mega-starrers on a grand scale - large budgets, good photography, rhythmical music and technical effects. But few movies ever attained such iconic status. Which is why, decades after its release and dozens of TV screenings later, it still plays in the theater and still attracts crowds.
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Sholay (hindi) reviews
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  • Cast
    Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri
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  • Director
    Ramesh Sippy
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Aamchi Hyd on 11th Feb 2006, 12:04am | Permalink
The perfect movie, never mind it was inspired by The Magnificent Seven, which in turn was inspired by Seven Samurai. How does one go about making an IMAX 3D version of this movie? That would be the perfect format to watch this masterpiece in.
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