Even those of us who’ve never watched Ramesh Sippy’s magnum opus will still have heard at least half a dozen references to/from the movie ‘Sholay’. It’s one of those films that fueled popular culture for decades and its characters continue to live on in everyday filmy talk, given that we are a very filmy people, us Indians.
First, there’s the fact that every last character remains, to this day, a household name. Even the uninitiated among us have heard of Gabbar and Thakur, Basanti and Dhanno. Then there are the dialogues. Who hasn’t heard/said one or more of these at least once in their life?