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as Thakur Baldev Singh
as Gabbar Singh
as Imaam Saheb
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For better or for worse, 'Sholay' will always hold a special place in my heart for being the first Bollywood movie I ever saw. It took me a while to watch the films of the largest motion picture conglomerate in the world, but I suppose later is better than never. Interestingly enough, 'Sholay' draws clear influences from Hollywood spaghetti-Westerns, and as far as Bollywood films go it is quite homogeneous, sticking mostly to one genre (action-adventure) rather than mixing multiple ones. But I bet you're wondering what I thought of the actual movie though. Well, 'Sholay' is the exact representation of what I like to call a 'flawed epic.' The high, intense moments hit especially hard (usually) and the characters are well developed and overcome a long series of trials and tribulations before coming to the ultimate conclusion of the story. However, there are a significant number of flaws present in the construction of this film, which is what I mean when I say, 'flawed epic.' Arguably Bollywood's most famous motion picture is far from perfect, and I would also argue should be far from 'classic' status. 'Sholay' suffers from serious pacing issues in the script, especially in its first act. Several scenes early on fail to add anything worthwhile or significant to the plot and were clearly shoved in strictly for comedy's sake --- and were not at all funny in my opinion. With all these errors in pace and flow, one really feels the film's length (3+ hours) at times. Even the film's final battle, between an armless ex-cop and the main villain, comes across as ridiculous. With all that said, 'Sholay' still succeeds as an exciting action-adventure epic, making the audience care for its main characters (especially the duo of outlaws) and showcasing some pleasant, if obligatory musical numbers. It is probably not worthy of its legendary status, all its flaws considered, but 'Sholay' is going to stay a classic regardless of what most Westerners think.
One of the greatest and unforgetable Bollywood Classics. R.I.P Amjad Uncle.
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My first Bollywood film. It's pretty badass, a little indulgent at 3+ hours, but that's par for the course with these films. A curry western with heavy American influences has a little bit of everything. Suspense, Slapstick, Romance, Singing and Violent Bloodshed India's first 70mm film.
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