The most interesting facts about Sholay you did not know

SholaySholay was not just a film, it was a phenomenon in many ways. The mid 70′s saw a rage in theatres after word spread of the story and people would line up outside theatres for hours to catch a show and many would watch multiple shows. Minerva Theatre in Mumbai had 5 years of uninterrupted shows for the film. There are many popular facts related to this epic film but here are a few facts that you didn’t know.

  • Danny Denzongpa was the first choice for Gabbar 
  • The famous kitne aadmi they scene took over 40 takes to be shot 
  • Saambha or Mac Mohan had just one line in Sholay but he is still known as Sambhaa 
  • Shatrughan Sinha was considered for the part of Jai (played by Amitabh Bachchan) 
  • Dharmendra took the role of Veeru because he would be paired opposite Hema Malini; He wanted to be Thakur. 
  • Amitabh and Jaya got married less than a year before shooting for the film began. 
  • 5 years after Sholay was released, Hema Malini and Dharmendra got married. 
  • The village of Ramnagar where Sholay was shot is popularly known as Ramgarh. The people also call it Sippynagar to respect the director. 
  • The rocks where Sambhaa would sit can be seen from the main highway and are a tourist attraction now. 
  • The original script of the film had Gabbar killed by Thakur. 
  • BBC called the film the Film of the Millennium in 1999. 
  • The film won just one award that year for best editing. 
  • The original film had a budget of Rs 2 crore which went up to Rs 3 crore and the 3D version cost Rs 25 crore to make. 
  • Ramesh Sippy was the third person approached to direct the film. 
  • The film was released in 1975 but it was launched in 1973. 
  • Gabbar has less than 10 scenes in the film. 
  • The climax scene was shot with real bullets with one nearly missing Amitabh. 
  • Sholay was India’s first 70 mm film which also had stereophonic sound. 
  • The song Mehbooba oh Mehbooba was supposed to be in Manna De’s voice but when Manna De heard the initial sound, he let it be in Pancham Da’s voice. 
  • Amjad Khan was almost replaced as his voice was not deemed ‘powerful enough’.


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