‘Kitne Aadmi Thhe’, a commonly used statement with a much deeper impact, forms just one of the many dialogues that have become words of common use after the 1975 movie ‘Sholay’ became a blockbuster. The Bollywood cult classic, which completes 40 years on August 15, has lived beyond its age and time. The songs, fight sequences and especially the dialogues are still fresh in the minds of viewers.
A Ramesh Sippy directorial, ‘Sholay’ had megastar Amitabh Bachchan and ‘He Man’ Dharmendra in the lead roles and as the iconic ‘Jai and Veeru’. Another iconic character ‘Thakur’ was played by Sanjeev Kumar. Hema Malini and Jaya Bachchan played Veeru and Jai’s love interests respectively.
Also, ‘Sholay’ gave Hindi cinema one of its most iconic villains of all time ‘Gabbar Singh’ very aptly played by then debutante late Amjad Khan.
A day prior to the occasion when the cult classic clocks 40 years, here’s a list of the most timeless dialogues from the movie.
Every line from this video:
“Kitney aadmi thhe?”
“Yahan se pachas pachas kos door gaon mein … jab bachcha raat ko rota hai, toh maa kehti hai bete soo ja … soo ja nahi toh Gabbar Singh aa jayega”
“Arrey oh Sambha … kitna inaam rakhe hai sarkar ham par?”
“Jo darr gaya … samjho marr gaya”
“Jab tak tere pair chalenge uski saans chalegi … tere pair ruke toh yeh bandook chalegi”
“Chal Dhanno … aaj teri Basanti ki izzat ka sawaal hai”
“When I dead, police coming … police coming, budiya going jail … in jail budiya chakki peesing, and peesing, and peesing, and peesing, and peesing”
Veteran comic actor Asrani’s lines and antics as the jailor became iconic. Especially this one: “Hum Angrezon ke Zaamane Ke Jailor Hain.”