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Sholay (1975)

Dharmendra , Sanjeev Kumar , Ramesh Sippy  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri
  • Directors: Ramesh Sippy
  • Writers: Javed Akhtar, Salim Khan
  • Producers: G.P. Sippy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC, Mono, Dolby
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Eros International
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009W8OZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sholay" on IMDb

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Sholay means fire. In this particular movie, a Police Officer, who family was killed by a bandit named Gabbar Singh, decides to fight fire with fire and recruits two convicts, Jai and Veeru. He approaches them in jail, puts the proposal in front of them, and they agree to bring in Gabbar Singh alive - for a hefty price. After their discharge from jail, they travel by train to the village where the Police Officer lives - now with only his widowed daughter-in-law. The three band together to fight one of the most elusive and dreaded bandits of all time.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time classic July 13, 2005
Sholay - the greatest Bollywood film of all time - brought together the acting talents of some of the biggest stars in Bollywood at that time. The two male leads, Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan, were already hugely popular. Amitabh Bhachchan had just made his big breakthrough the previous year (1974) with Zanjeer. Dharmendra was already well established and had starred in the box office smash hit Yaadon Ki Baaraat (a film which sadly doesn't get very many mentions when talking of classics). These two are supported in the film by Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan making his onscreen debut as the menacing villain Gabbar Singh.

The story is about a retired police officer Thakur Baldev Singh (Sangeev Kumar) living in a village that is being terrorised by Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan). Thakur recruits two small time crooks Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jaidev (Amitabh), whom he had encountered during his work in the force, to capture Gabbar. The film has various other sub-plots including a comedic love story between the funny romantic Veeru and the never-shuts-up local simpleton Basanti (Hema Malini), and a more serious one between Jaidev and widow and Thakur's family member Radha (Jaya Bhaduri).

Even though the film is over 30 years old it still looks fantastic, testament to the fact it used advanced filming technologies way ahead of any other film of it's time.

The dialogue is so memorable that the soundtrack was changed and re-released with additional memorable lines from especially Gabbar Singh and others - the first time this was done in Bollywood.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Qualiton Edition - Sholay (DVD) September 28, 2005
By NewDeep
Sholay is a phenomenon... I rate it as the best Indian movie ever made and one that can compete head-to-head with any other movie in the world, Hollywood releases included! Theatrically screened in 1975, it is timeless... not even for once you feel that there's anything dated, everything looks contemporary - and this is no mean achievement!

Every single character is etched out optimally and you remember ALL of them after the movie. Howzzat!

The music is memorable, it complements and enhances the myriad of moods and sequences and emotions and drama in Sholay (Embers) - whether it's the terror and ruthlesslessness of the villain, the dacoit Gabbar; the unspoken romance between one of the two heroes Jai and the widow Radha; the flirtation between the other hero Veeru and the "tangewaali" (coach driver) Basanti; the angst, lionheartedness and the bravery of Thakur, a landlord and an ex-police officer who recruits Jai and Veeru, two small-time crooks, to capture Gabbar (for avenging his family's massacre); the extraordinary chase sequences; the wonderful start and the awe-inspiring end.

The continuity is amazing and so is the editing. A rock near a bridge shown in the beginning is there at the end too. As for editing, the best example is when Gabbar strikes down swords on Thakur's arms (who's tied between two pillars) but the actual hits are never shown, instead, as soon as the swords come down, immediately a shot of Thakur recalling this incident is shown and for the first time his shawl has fallen down and the wind is flapping his armless shirt-sleeves... it is first-rate!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a proper restoration....Criterion, anyone? October 29, 2006
I tried to watch this DVD, and I had to stop. First, this film was shot in 70mm, and the DVD is pan and scan. Not good. Second, the songs weren't subtitled! Not good. And, thirdly, there are so many versions out there. How long was the actual film? 204 minutes? 280? Most people who have seen the entire thing have said it's magnificent. It's regarded as one of the greatest Bollywood films ever made, and we should be able to see it in all its uncut, widescreen, subtitled glory. Criterion should release something like this. They have never done a Bollywood film, and this is an important one, so it fits, excuse the pun, their criterion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time to do a proper restoration February 23, 2011
This particular title has been in Eros International's catalogue for years, and now that Eros has taken the leap into Blu-ray, it is high time for a proper restoration of Sholay - arguably one of the most defining movies in the Bollywood realm. While I can follow the plot fairly well, the lack of proper translations for the songs and the reformating of the image is too great a compromise. Since Ramesh Sippy is still alive and well, he should be given the green light to supervise the new HD restoration. That means returning scenes that were cut, unpacking the original six-channel stereo soundtrack and mapping it to Dolby 6.1 or 5.1 (as well as a AC3 2.0 soundtrack), gathering any material that would make solid bonus features, and of course, creating a brand-new, proper subtitle stream that includes all dialogues and lyrics. And, yes, Mr. Sippy should supervise and lead the restoration process so that Sholay is once again the movie he intended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it.
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Published 16 days ago by Christopher N. Jones
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Published 1 month ago by Afshan Hashmi
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing movie
amazing movie
Published 2 months ago by Ken Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic !
An Epic... Can watch it any number of times !!!!
Published 3 months ago by Ashish Panke
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Paced For The Simpler Enjoyments.
I saw this movie 30 years ago in the cinema. It was a couple of years after it was released. Its most memorable moments are its dialog in the Hindi language, and that too relative... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars EROS DVD VERSION
There is a lot of confusion and misinformation in the reviews on this page so, before I review the film, which I watched last night, a few facts. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Frederick Norwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Bollywood film
Wah, wah! What a fantastic flick. This is a story of two crooks who end up doing the right thing. In the meantime, one falls in love. The songs are lovely classic Bollywood. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kumar
5.0 out of 5 stars All time favorite
Very old movie but an all time favorite, a very good entertainer from start to end, with some very intense moments, very funny scenes, and action scenes and drama... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Hamid
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
What else could I say about the timelessness of this movie that even after almost 40 yrs of its release, it has still got the charm to endear itself to my 5 yr old boy and 10 yrs... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Laju
5.0 out of 5 stars Old is gold
Old is Gold and in this movie Amitabh Bachchan shows all his talent, the music and dances are wonderful. I's a real trip
Published 18 months ago by Parole
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