Sholay was undoubtedly milestone for Indian cinema. It’s been 35 years since Sholay captured our collective imagination. People have seen this film uncountable times and associated with lots of happy memories. Sholay is the one of the best film which ever made in Hindi cinema. Here are some bits of trivia of this Indian classic. Many of you may be know of few facts listed here, but you surely will find some very new and amazing facts , so just enjoy once again and go down to memorylane after 35 years…
Star Cast Trivia of Sholay
- The flamboyant Shatrughan Sinha was initially cast for the role of Jai as he was the first choice of director but Amitabh Bachchan convinced the producers that he was suitable for the role.
- It is also said that Amitabh Bachhan was more interested in Gabbar’s role.
- Danny Donezgappa who was first offered the role of Gabbar Singh but he missed the role as he was busy shooting in Afghanistan for Dharmatma and he could not accept the role. Finally Amjad Khan got the role.
- Initially, ‘Dharmendra’ was interested o play the role of Thakur Baldev Singh. He thought role of Thakur was very powerful than Veeru. But when he got to know that Sanjeev Kumar would play Veeru if that happened, and would get the heroine. Sanjeev Kumar had just then proposed marriage to Hema Malini. Dharmendra was in love with her and quickly went back to the role of Veeru.
- Amjad Khan was almost dropped from the project because scriptwriter ‘Javed Akhtar’ found his voice too weak for Gabbar Singh’s role.After this incident Salim Javed never worked with Amjad Khan in their career.
Things happened during Shooting
- First scene shot for the movie was Amitabh returning the keys to the safe to Jaya.
- The last scene shot for Sholay was the Thakur meets Veeru and Jai outside the jail and offers them the job.
- Amjad Khan’s first scene shot was his introduction scene…..his first lines “Kitne Aadmi The”? He gave 40 retakes to complete the final cut.
- Amitabh Bachan was almost killed at the end of the movie when a stray bullet from ‘Dharmendra’ missed him by inches.
- Basanti’s chase sequence was shot over 12 days.
- The train robbery sequence was shot on the Mumbai-Pune line, near Panvel.
- The film was shot extensively in Ramnagaram near Bangalore, There are huge rocks of granite in this town, which formed the backdrop of Gabbar Singh’s hideout. As a mark of respect, the people of Ramnagaram renamed a hamlet in the town as Sippynagar after the director of the movie, Ramesh Sippy.
- Amitabh Bachhan recommended the name of Amjad Khan for the role of Gabbar Singh as he had earlier worked with him in Saat Hindustani.
- The famous overhead tank scene where Veeru threatens Mausi with suicide and Jai attempts at making a proposal of marriage was drawn from a real life incident.
- Mac Mohan traveled 27 times from Bombay to Bangalore for the shooting of small role of Sambha.
- Sachin’s (Ahmad) death sequence was shot in 17 days & it was so violent that censor refused to pass it was edited and shown as Amjad Khan crushing an ant (Chinti) as a symbol.
- The particular lighting of lamp scene of Radha (Jaya Bachan) during sun set was completed in 20 days & it is surprising this scene hardly come for 2 minutes when watch the movie on screen.
- Jaya was pregnant during the shooting of the film with Shweta Bachchan.
- Jaya was glowing again during the premiere of Sholay…this time with Abhishek Bachchan.
- 6 counterfeit coins with Head both side were always ready at the location for Jai coin throwing sequence in the movie.
- There are only 9 scenes of Gabbar Singh in the movie.
- In the original ending, the Thakur kills Gabbar. The Indian Censor Board, however, didn’t like the ending because its vigilante aspect undermined the rule of law. So a new ending was created, which showed the police reaching the spot at the last minute, arresting Gabbar, and telling the Thakur that only the law has the right to punish criminals.
- The original ending was restored in the 204-minute director’s cut, & some prints with original ending are available in the market.