Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sholay, शोले, شعلے, Embers is a 1975 Indian action-adventure film - Indian cinema

    Sholay (Hindi: शोले, Urdu: شعلے, English: Embers) is a 1975 Indian action-adventure film produced by G.P. Sippy and directed by his son Ramesh Sippy. It is considered among the greatest films in the history of Indian cinema. Released on 15 August 1975, it stars Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan. The film, shot in the rocky terrain of Ramanagara, Karnataka, is the story of two criminals hired to capture a ruthless dacoit by the name of Gabbar Singh.
    When first released, Sholay opened to a tepid response, but word of mouth convinced audience members to give the film a chance, and soon it became a box office phenomenon. It ran for 286 weeks straight (more than five years) in one Mumbai theatre. Sholay achieved a still-standing record of 60 golden jubilees (50 consecutive weeks) across India. It was the first film in the history of Indian cinema to celebrate a silver jubilee (25 weeks) at over a hundred theaters across India. By some accounts, Sholay is the highest grossing film of all time in Indian cinema when inflation is considered, although such figures are not known with certainty.

    In 2005, Indiatimes ranked the film amongst the "Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films". That same year, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare Awards gave it a special award called Best Film of 50 Years. The film topped the British Film Institute's poll of "Top 10 Indian Films" of all time. Read More
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