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Sholay (1975)

Sholay (1975)





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In this Indian action/adventure, Thakur (Sanjeev Kumar) has hired two small-time criminals to do some dirty work for him that he cannot get the police to do. He is a retired police inspector and seeks revenge on a bandit and his gang for mutilating him, murdering his family, and terrorizing the poor of his region. Veeru and Jai are agreeable, and soon the gangleader, Gabbar, and his henchmen have reason to regret their previous behavior.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Romance
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as Veeru
Sanjeev Kumar
as Thakur Baldev Singh
Amjad Khan
as Gabbar Singh
Hema Malini
as Basanti
A.K. Hangal
as Imaam Saheb
Leela Mishra
as Mausie
Mac Mohan
as Sambha
as Ahmed
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Critic Reviews for Sholay

All Critics (2)

Though it may seem uneven... parts of it are excellent.

Full Review… | April 18, 2016
Mark Leeper's Reviews

It's a movie that you can watch again and again, and hardcore Bollywood fans do. But even if you just watch Sholay once, you won't be disappointed.

Full Review… | April 18, 2016

Audience Reviews for Sholay


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.

Todd Bollinger
Todd Bollinger

One of the greatest and unforgetable Bollywood Classics. R.I.P Amjad Uncle.

Jab bache rote hain to maa kehti he soja warna Gabbar Singh ajayega.
saab mene aap ka namak khaya he Ab Gholi Kha
TRIVIA:: This film was directly inspired by the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, by Akira Kurosawa's Shichinin no samurai, Bandidos (1967) among others. Some critics at the time even began calling it a curry western. Amitabh Bachchan was almost killed at the end of the movie when a stray bullet from 'Dharmendra' missed him by inches.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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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.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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