SHOLAY

Posted: August 31, 2012 in 100 remarkable Indian films, Hindi films

The film is rightly considered a landmark in Indian cinemas. A great script by Salim Javed, terrific performances, great songs, great action sequences and drama with memorable dialogues makes this an extra-ordinary work. The wordless romance between Amitabh and Jaya is sheer poetry and gives the film a much needed romantic sub-text as does the dalliance between the lead pairs Dharam and Hema.

Two jailbirds wiping out an entire band of dreaded dacoits appear a bit overdone though. Also, why should an intelligent Police Officer (Sanjeev Kumar) go out all alone to vanquish Gabbar Singh in his den after almost his entire family was killed by the dreaded dacoit?

The writer Salim claims to have been hugely influenced by the Hindu epic MAHABHARATA. He even employed some of the twist creating techniques of the epic (like Judhisthir mouthing Ashwathma is killed but that it is an elephant) in the films he wrote, and in SHOLAY the device of the epic found its way in the use of coin and how the twist was revealed at the end.

Rating: 4.4 out of 5

1. An interesting review of Sholay, http://www.illuminatedlantern.com/cinema/review/archives/sholay.php

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