Banner : Sippy Films
Producer : G. P. Sippy
Director : Ramesh Sippy
Cast : Arani, Om, Geeta, Jaya Bachchan, Mac Mohan, Jalal Agha, A. K. Hangal, Raj Kishore, Vikas Anand, Sanjeev Kumar, Bhanumati, Satyen Kappu, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Birbal, Iftekhar, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Rajan Kapoor, Habib, Hema Malini, Leela Misra, Amjad Khan
Sholay (1975) ran for a record-setting five consecutive years at Minerva Theatre, South Mumbai.
Sholay (1975) was India's first 70-milimeter, stereophonic-sound film. It premiered at Mumbai's Minerva theatre, Bombay Central.
The film Sholay (1975) did not open very well at the theatres, but it picked up due to very good word-of-mouth and turned out to be Indin Cinema's biggest hit till date with some theatres playing the film for several years.
Danny Denzongpa, who was initially offered the role of Gabbar Singh in the film Sholay (1975), was busy shooting Dharmatma (1975) in Afhganistan. He could not take up the role and it made way for Amjad Khan.
Initially, Dharmendra was keen to play the role of Thakur Baldev Singh. He eventually relented when the director informed him that Sanjeev Kumar would play Veeru if that happened, and would get the heroine. Sanjeev Kumar had just then proposed marriage to Hema Malini. Dharmendra was in love with her and quickly went back to the role of Veeru.
A couple of scenes from the film Sholay (1975) was drawn from real-life incident. For example the scene where Veeru (Dharmendra) attempts to commit suicide and Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) proposes Mausi is taken from a real-life incident. This scene was also considered one of the most hilarious scenes in the film.
The writer duo Salim-Javed (Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar) had earlier approached director Manmohan Desai with the script. Apparently, Manmohan Desai was busy shooting for his film Chacha Bhatija (1977) and could not take up this project.
Actor Amjad Khan who was selected to play the role of the main villain was almost dropped from the project because scriptwriter Salim-Javed found his voice too weak for Gabbar Singh's role. But eventually he was retained. His looks were re-worked to match his voice.
Sholay (1975) was inspired by Akira Kurosawa's Shichinin No Samurai (1954) and Bandidos (1967) among others.
While shooting for Sholay (1975), Amitabh Bachchan was almost hit by a stray bullet from Dharmendra. It missed him by a few inches.
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