Ramesh Sippys Sholay,the cult Bollywood film,turned 35 on August 15. It was on Independence Day in 1975 when Sippys third film after Andaz and Seeta Aur Geeta opened to a mixed response before it picked up by word of mouth. The rest,as they say,is history. The cast included Dharmendra and Hema Malini (Veeru and Basanti),Sanjeev Kumar (Thakur) and Amitabh Bachchan (Jai),but though they all put up a stellar performance,it was Amjad Khan as the ferocious dacoit leader Gabbar Singh,who captured the countrys imagination. Salim-Javed wrote the film with music by R.D.Burman.