Forty years after it shook Bollywood, the most-remembered film in Indian cinematic history, ‘Sholay’, was screened in Pakistan.
While our neighbours enjoy the movie, we present you some never-seen-before photos from the sets of the film.
Directed by Ramesh Sippy, ‘Sholay’ was launched in 1973 but was released two years later on August 15, 1975.
The song “Yeh Dosti” took 21 days to shoot. It took 40 retakes before the scene featuring the line “kitne aadmi they” was finalised.
Dharmendra wanted to play the role of Thakur, initially, but settled on playing Veeru when he found out that he was to be paired with Hema Malini.
Amitabh Bachchan married Jaya Bhaduri four months before shooting for ‘Sholay’ started. There were shooting delays because Jaya was pregnant with Shweta.
The town called Ramanagara, about 45 kms from Bangalore, is still referred to as Ramgarh because Sholay was shot there.
There was actually a dacoit named Gabbar Singh in the 1950’s in Gwalior region; he used to cut off the noses and ears of policemen.
During the shooting of the film, Dharmendra would pay the light boys to spoil his scenes with Hema Malini so retakes would be required.
Some of the characters of ‘Sholay’ were sketched on the friends and acquaintances of writer duo Salim-Javed.
In 1999, BBC India called ‘Sholay’ the Film of the Millennium. It also topped the all-time poll of the best Indian films conducted by the British Film Institute. Though the film won only one Filmfare award — for best editing.
We hope our friends on the other side of the fence will find this timeless classic as unforgettable as we found it.