August 16, 2015 8:03:36 am
From the cast that includes megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini to the writers and director, the team of Bollywood timeless blockbuster “Sholay” only has pride and ecstasy in its heart as the movie celebrated the 40th anniversary yesterday.
The film, directed by Ramesh Sippy, was penned by former screenwriter duo Salim Khan-Javed Akhtar and also starred Dharmendra, Jaya Bhaduri, Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan.
“I am overwhelmed when people say sweet things… remember “Sholay”. I am humbled by the praise. It is not a one man show… There are several people, who deserve this appreciation, from actors to writers to musicians to director to producer to rest of the technical team.
“People remember the dialogues…characters. I feel lucky that ‘Sholay’ happened. I am glad I got the opportunity to direct the film. People remember it even today it has become like a mythology like ‘Mahabharata’,” Sippy told PTI.
Salim, father of superstar Salman Khan, felt short of words to describe his feelings over the love and adulation the film has received for four decades now.
“I don’t have anything else to say… ‘Sholay’ is a big hit… Audience has loved it. What more shud I speak. It shows wat it means,” he said.
Shadaab Khan, son of Amjad, called the movie a landmark in the Hindi film industry.
Amjad immortalised Gabbar, the ruthless villain, because of the dialogues and the actor’s powerful performance. Gabbar is considered a benchmark for any negative role in Bollywood even today.
“It is a golden age of cinema but it’s matter of pride that ‘Sholay’ is still remembered by everyone. It is a rare film… It is closest to perfect film in making, story, acting and technical aspect. It was a landmark film and role but my father it was like any other role. I loved him in Sholay,” said Shadaab.
“SHOLAY 40 years… A lifetime gone by.. But still reverberating within all film goers..!!,” Bachchan tweeted a few days ago.
The 72-year-old actor, who played the brooding, no-nonsense Jai in the movie, even held a press conference yesterday to mark the anniversary.
Actor Viju Khote, who played Gabbar’s subordinate Kaalia, said, “I am grateful to the makers of ‘Sholay’ for giving me this role. Everyone knows me as Kaalia. People use to tell me – ‘Tera kya hoga Kaalia?’. I am enjoying the recognition. It was just two scene but the role made a huge impact.”
“40 yrs of Sholay and still going strong. So proud, I was part of such an iconic movie! Ppl still call me Basanti and transport me to that era again!,” Hema tweeted.
She portrayed the role of bold and talkative village girl Basanti, with whom Veeru (Dharmendra) falls in love.
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