Sholay

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Ramesh Sippy created history in Indian cinema when he made Sholay.  With unforgettable characters, dialogues that packed a punch and with an array of emotions, one could hardly go wrong.

Set in arid Ramanagaram, it immortalised Gabbar Singh, Thakur Baldev Singh, Veeru, Radha, Basanti and Jai.

Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh. The character was based on a real life dacoit who was a meance in Gwalior. Danny Denzongpa was the first choice for Gabbar Singh.

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Sanjeev Kumar as Thakur Baldev Singh

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Dharmendra as Veeru and Amitabh Bachchan as Jai. The role was originally offered to Shatrughan Sinha.

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Jaya Bhaduri as Radha

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Hema Malini as Basanti

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Released on August 15th 1975, Sholay went on to be voted the Film of the Millenium by BBC India.

The movie was supposed to have been ‘inspired’ by an earlier release Bindiya Aur Bandook. It was written by Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar and produced by G.P.Sippy.

Jai and Veeru are two thieves and best buds whose path crosses with a police officer Thakur Baldev Singh. They are later hired by Singh to get rid of the dacoit Gabbar Singh. When they are not wreaking havoc in Gabbar’s life, Jai falls in love with Singh’s widowed daughter-in-law Radha and Veeru falls in love with Basanti, who drives a horse cart.

The music was composed by R.D Burman and Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey singing Yeh Dosti.

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