Sunday, February 6, 2011


This time while returning back to Chennai via train from Jamshedpur I saw a few guys in my  train compartment seeing the age old super hit movie, Sholay..!!Although I had seen the movie say a zillion times before but still I could not resist myself from asking my fellow passenger to give me the movie print..I got the movie print to the hostel and it soon became a rage among the people in the hostel to keep the print with them in their laptops..Everyone, before taking the movie used to say that the movie is 3 hours and 18 minutes long, but no one could resist themselves from taking the movie..
This epic movie released in the year 1975, the year my dad passed his 10th std.!!The movie an occult in itself, starred the mighty Dharmendra as Veeru, the tall Amitabh Bachchan as Jaidev aka Jai, Sanjeev Kumar as Thakur Baldev Singh aka Thakur saab, the Dream girl Hema Malini as Basanti and above all Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh..I am pretty sure that all of you have seen and known these characters but I am one of those many people who have eaten, slept and dreamt these characters..
The legendary dialogues of, “Kitne aadmi the?”, “Yeh haath mujhe de de Thakur”, “Yeh haath nahin, faasi ka phanda hai”, “Ek ek ko chun chun ke maaroonga”, “Basanti, in kutto ke saamne mat naachna”, “Hum angrezon ke zamane ke Jailor hai”, “Holi kab hai?” and “Tum ek maaroge toh hum chaar maarenge”, force you to stay glued to your seats and don’t allow you to know when the popcorn,  you were having, got over ..
The music of the movie, by R.D.Burman, keeps ringing all day long in my ears..Songs such as “Yeh dosti hum nahin todenge” and “Koi haseena jab rooth jaati hai toh” can be safely assumed to be one of the best friendship and romantic songs ever made in Bollywood..The song, “Mehbooba mehobooba” is still the best item number ever made..
To top them all the beautiful scenery of the village of Ramgarh is awesome..The Suicide scene enacted by Dharmendra on top of the water tank is the best drunkard scene ever filmed up..The dialogues of “Chakki pissing and pissing and pissing” still make many a Mausi’s shiver..
The movie is so gripping that every time you feel like leaving the movie midway you’ll again push yourself back to the couch and would not leave unless the movie is over..I do accept that there were a lot of glitches in the movie but still that time the audience was not that into finding faults in the movie..They would rather enjoy the movie rather than proving themselves to be the best critic ever..
Whenever, whoever sees this movie a chill is sure to run past their spine..

Jaishree Ram,

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