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08-22-2010, 08:26 PM #1
Sholay celebrates its 35th birthdaySholay celebrates its 35th birthday[/URL]
Sholay – A film that bought revolution in Indian Cinema, a film that showed people how a blockbuster looks like, a film that made history and is still making history, a film that shook the box office collections!
Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan and Jaya Bachchan were a part of this sensational film and we know how proud they are to be associated with Sholay.
Sholay released in 1975 on August 15th and it was the first 70mm film on the big screen. Though the film gathered a flop talk on the first two days and many theaters wanted to stop screening the film because of poor response. But soon, the good word spread about the story and the performance of the actors and it went on to make history. The story was penned by Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar. It underwent a lot of changes and Ramesh Sippy shot the film for a solid two and a half years.
Initially, Shatrugan Sinha was roped in for the character of Jai but later it was given to our own Big B who completely lived in the role. Similarly, Dharmendra was supposed to play the role of Sanjeev Kumar’s in Sholay, but he wanted to act with his Dream girl Hema Malini and the rest of the story is known.
The role of Gabbar Singh was given to Danny Denzongpa but he denied it because he felt the character would be dominated by the lead actors. Finally, Amjad Khan played Gabbar Singh but the entire crew felt that Amjad’s voice was too weak and faint for Gabbar’s role but later his voice was dubbed.
Other interesting facts about Sholay are that, it took 7 days for the opening scene to be shot and Basanti’s chase sequence took 12 days. The shoot of ‘ye dosti..’ took nearly 20 days and the entire death scene was finished in 17 days. Jaya Bachchan was pregnant with her first baby during the shooting of Sholay and we can imagine how careful and alert Amitabh would have been!
All the songs of Sholay by R.D.Burman were a flop but after a few days they picked up momentum and became chartbusters. The film’s dialogue tracks were an instant hit after the release and they sold like hot cakes. The film ran for 5years in a theater in Mumbai which is an all time record.
Sholay was declared as the Film of the Millenium by BBC in 1999. Awards, felicitations, honors or anyother form of appreciation would always be less for Sholay. The film is a milestone and its success is indescribable.
Lets be a part of Sholay’s 35th birthday and be proud of the fact that Sholay is a part of India....being a human...
06-06-2011, 01:05 AM #2