What is it all about?
A phenomenon that never ends. An experience of a lifetime. India's great historical blockbuster the evergreen cult classic 'Sholay' returns on the marquee in 3D. The trendsetting master of B - town entertainers 'Sholay' in its re- mastered 3D digitally sound avatar heightens the nostalgia dipped in never ending more than three decades year old rhapsody on Indian screens known as 'Sholay'.
Sholay was matchless, seamless, when it appeared for the first time on 15th August 1975. Time and cinema around the world has changed but Sholay is undefeatable even in 2014 the movie continues to enlighten, entertain, educate and drives the audience crazy in its ecstasy in the same manner it did in those times. Incredible. The only Indian movie with such tremendous repeat values. Unbelievable.
B-town script legends Salim Javed 's most celebrated work. Sholay is a master class in episodic script writing, characterization and Bollywoodisation to the theme of father of Asian cinema Akira Kurosawa's trendsetting masterpiece The Seven Samurai (1954). Hollywood's The Magnificent Seven (1960) was based on the same theme, Raj Khosla's Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1960) starring Dharemndra and Asha Parekh was inspired by the same theme. But what makes 'Sholay' unique and a master class in episodic script writing and characterization is its unmatched quality of individual part and sequences which are funny, joyful, poignant, dramatic, wicked in this story of Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra) two dare devil thugs get hired by ex policeman Thakur (Sanjeev Kumar) to nab the dreaded dacoit Gabbar (Amjad Khan) who has created havoc in the village of Ramgadh and surrounding areas. How the life of Jai, Veeru, Thakur, his family and the villagers of Ramgadh go through a personal and collective turmoil in their fight against Gabbar in this great script ever written about battle, survival, duty, responsibility, love, friendship, sacrifice, life, revenge, challenge, hope, togetherness, unity, the good and the bad.
What to look out for
Those who have seen it before in its 2d, dvd, tv, cd or any version know exactly what 'Sholay' means to Indian cinema. Maya Digital has converted the film into 3D format under the eye of computer animator Frank Foster and his team of 350 people where every scene is individually restored, colour-corrected and re-composited in 3D to match the depth. The impact is superb, the sound quality has enhanced and the mixing is satisfactory. All the action sequences and iconic scenes are in 3D which amounts to around 70% of the film. The songs are left untouched over here and rightly so. Classics like K. Asif's 'Mughal -E- Azam', B.R. Chopra's 'Naya Daur', Dev Anand's 'Hum Dono' have being digitally mastered, colored and re-lease but no one has being able to match the iconic popularity and enthusiasm of Sholay which still holds the title as Bollywood greatest entertainer ever for its following on screen historic achievements. Director Ramesh Sippy's master class in movie storytelling, a daring, ahead of it times testament to the stimulating uniqueness of commercial cinema that also scores in making some social comments.
An action packed violent entertainer but hardly any blood shown on screen. Even in those hand chopping and family massacre scenes not a single drop of blood. Sheer class absolute brilliance. Gabbar Singh , the film's antagonist, comes after around 50 minutes of the movie had already passed and still the audience is hooked by those entertaining episodes like angrez ke zamane ka jailor, Soorma Bhopali. And mind you the jailor and Bhopali are not the part of the main plot but still are a major highlight. Tremendous. Gabbar Singh is the antagonist who is the protagonist... Thakur, Jai, Veeru, Ramgadh.. all.. in simple words its good versus evil. How masterly done. The most iconic movie on bonding and friendship. Jai Veeru - the biggest icon ever on male bonding in Indian silver screen. Indian cinemas most dreaded bad man ever Gabbar Singh is the epitome of b-town villainy despite wicked cruelty Gabbar Singh continues to fascinate decades after decades.. above all the Mogambos of Bollywood. Todays audience are awed by the Tarantinos, Guy Ritches from those side of the sea to the Kashyaps and Bhardwaj's on this side of the ocean. Ramesh Sippy's shot takings and screen establishments in Sholay the mood settings, scene developments, the creation of the drama especially in the massacre of Thakur's family, Gabbar's entry and most of his scenes in Sholay can give any Martin Scorsese, Tarantino and their disciples around the world a run for their money.
Sholay the trendsetting revolution in Indian filmmaking has outstanding camerawork by Dwarka Divecha. The action sequences still has the capacity to fasten your heart beats. Excellent editing by M.S. Shinde. The most haunting theme music ever in a movie by R.D. Burman. Performance wise it's unforgettable moment both for the actors and the audience. Today when we come across Sanjev Kumar the image of Thakur makes a flash. Same for Dharemndra as Veeru. Big B as Jai, Hema Malini as Basanti, A.K. Hangal as Imam chacha, Asrani as jailor, Jaya Bachchan as the widow Radha Jagdep as Soorma Bhopali and of course Amjad Khan as Gabbar. They have become immortal for a diehard bollywood viewer. Having known for giving Indian screen its best dramatic moments Sholay also blossoms with the best iconic romantic and comedy scenes. Dharemndra suicide, Basantis nonstop chatting, Jai 's remarkable one liners coming with an impeccable timing. 'Tumhara Nam Kya Hai Basanti'.. The romance between Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bahaduri who plays the young widow Radha is so pious. The scene where Jai plays the mouth organ amidst sunset and Radha lights the lamps around the Haveli is so symbolic of love and hope. The move also supports the idea of widows getting a second chance and succeeds in giving a cinematic statement. Pure magic. R.D. Burman's score still haunts who can forget Mehbooba Mehbooba sung by R.D. in his own music. The background is amazing. Last but not the least Sholay iconic status is incomplete without mentioning the dialogues which became the anthem in prose during those era and is still popular. on paper they look like simple conversation 'Kitne Aadmi The', 'Arre O Sambha Kitna Inam Rakhe Hai Sarkar Hum Pe' but when Salim Javed and Ramesh Sippy create this by asking Gabbar to say it in that typical U.P. dialect the impact is so spectacular for the eyes and ears that you just want to hear it again and again and again.. this extraordinary unique most magical quality of 'Sholay' makes it what it is - Indian cinema's never ending phenomenon.
Conclusion: Watching Sholay in its new 3D avatar is a nostalgia that is dipped in Indian cinema's most historic and unforgettable moments the biggest lesson in bollywood entertainment since 1975. A great revolution. Be a part of history watch it if you love bollywood. Even if you don,t give it a try you will start loving bollywood again and again.