Unheard Facts About Sholay

  • Unheard Facts About Sholay

    Unheard Facts About Sholay

    B-Town biggies constant experimentation with yesteryear blockbusters clearly shows that the charm of these cult classics is simply endless.

    If reports are to be believed then after almost three and a half decades of its release makers of Sholay are planning to release this evergreen saga once again on August 15th and that too in 3-D.

    So till the time this cine classic re-emerges on celluloid let's take a look at some of the untold facts about this evergreen cine saga.

  • Disastrous Opening

    Disastrous Opening

    When Sholay released nobody wanted to watch Sholay at first and the theatres remained empty on the opening.

    But later the film caught on through word of mouth, and went on to run for five years in a theatre in Mumbai.

  • Inspired From Hollywood Saga's

    Inspired From Hollywood Saga's

    If reports are to be believed then Sholay's plot was inspired by Akira Kurosawa's cine flick Seven Samurai, and John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven.

  • Shotgun's Loss Big B's Gain

    Shotgun's Loss Big B's Gain

    Earlier Shotgun Shatrughan Sinha was the first choice for the role of Jai, but later on Amitabh Bachchan managed to have his way and was opted for the iconic role.

  • Destiny Bestowed Goodies on Amjad

    Destiny Bestowed Goodies on Amjad

    Initially Danny Denzongpa was offered the role of Gabbar Singh, but because he was busy shooting another film. So, the role went to Amjad Khan, a less popular face then.

    Reports even suggest that Amjad was about to be dropped from Sholay, as scriptwriter Javed Akhtar found Amjad's voice too weak to be of a dreaded bandit.

  • Historic Train Robbery: A Pick From History

    Historic Train Robbery: A Pick From History

    The train robbery sequence in the movie was shot on the Mumbai-Pune track near Panvel and reportedly was inspired by the 1939 Hollywood movie, Stagecoach.

  • Veeru's Eternal Love For Basanti

    Veeru's Eternal Love For Basanti

    After hearing the script of Sholay Dharmendra was very keen to play the role of Thakur Baldev Singh. But when Sanjeev was offered with Veeru's role, Dharmendra gladly agreed to play Veeru.

    Did anybody ask of Reason? Because, Veeru would romance Basanti played by Hema Malini, garam Dharam's real life lover who Sanjeev Kumar also wanted to marry.

  • Nervous Gabbar

    Nervous Gabbar

    Buzz even suggests that ruthless Gabbar aka Amjad was extremely nervous at the time of shoot and had given 40 retakes for his eternal line,'Kitne Aadmi The?'

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