Sholay a film, bole to jakkas film award of Indian cinema only goes to Sholay. It was launched 40 years ago, way back in October of 1973. This is a film that is memorable for so many reasons – the characters,heroz, the Gabbar and also for the Thakur. Oh, kuch bhool gye, the dialogues, the scenes, the story – there are so many reasons why millions of Indians will pick Sholay as one of their favourite Hindi movies of all time.
Lines such as kitne aadmi they, soja varna Gabbar aajayega, itna sannata kyon hai bhai, yeh haat mujhe de de Thakur, tumhara naam kya hai Basanti- are part of the repertoire of every comic worth their salt – they are so popular that they have become a part of everyday life.
Here we are sharing unknown and very interesting facts of sholey that will insist you to watch again Sholay.
- Two producer/director teams rejected the idea before it found favour with Ramesh Sippy.
- It was only after Sholay that scriptwriters came to be respected and well paid in Bollywood.
- The song “Yeh Dosti” took 21 days to shoot; the scene where Jaya’s character Radha lights a lamp took 20 days to shoot.
- There was actually a dacoit named Gabbar Singh in the 1950’s in the Gwalior area; he used to cut off the noses and ears of policemen.
- It took 40 retakes before the scene featuring the line “kitne aadmi they” was finalised.
- Mac Mohan’s character, Sambha had only one line in the film, but he is still referred to as ‘Sambha’.
- During the shooting of the film, Dharmendra would pay the light boys to spoil his scenes with Hema Malini so retakes would be required.
- The original ending of Sholay showed Gabbar being killed by Thakur.
- The Censor Board required the ending of Sholay to be re-shot and several scenes to be redone because they were thought of as extremely violent.
- The town of Ramanagar, about 50 km from Bangalore is still called Ramgarh because Sholay was shot there. Even the rocks around the area referred to as “Sholay-rocks” have become a tourist attraction.
- In spite of Sholay’s status as the greatest blockbuster of Indian cinema, it won just one Filmfare award – for editing!
- Real bullets were used for some of the scenes in the climax. Reportedly Amitabh Bachchan was almost killed by a stray bullet in the film, as Dharmendra’s shot missed him by inches.