Sholay -- the name in the world of Hindi cinema, justify the honorific status 'Indisputable Classic' to the full extent. An action-adventure, the film follows two criminals, Veeru and Jai (played by Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan), hired by a retired police officer (Sanjeev Kumar) to capture the ruthless dacoit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan). Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri played Veeru and Jai's love interests. The film was shot in the rocky terrain of Ramanagara, in the southern state of Karnataka, over a span of two and a half years. When first released, Sholay received negative critical reviews and a tepid commercial response, but favourable word-of-mouth publicity helped it to become a box office success. It broke records for continuous showings in many theatres across India, and ran for more than five years at Mumbai's Minerva theatre, besides celebrating Golden Jubilee and Silver Jubilee in several cities and towns then. By some accounts, Sholay is the highest grossing Indian film of all time, adjusted for inflation. The film drew heavily from the conventions of Westerns, and is a defining example of the masala genre. The film's dialogues and certain characters became extremely popular, contributing to numerous cultural memes and becoming part of India's daily vernacular. R. D. Burman composed the film's psychedelic & inimitable music, and the lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi. The movie was a trailblazer in terms of camera work as well as music and practically every scene, dialogue or even a small character was a highlight.
Directed by one of the finest raconteurs of India (Ramesh Sippy), one of the most powwowed and extolled movies ever, now unveils in a new avatar -- 3D. 38 years after, off-the-shelf dialogues -- memorable all; such as 'Holi kab hai, kab hai Holi?' 'Bahut yaarana lagta hai', 'Kitne aadmi the..', 'Yeh haath mujhe de de thakur', 'Jo dar gaya, samjho mar gaya', 'Yeh dushmani bahut mehengi padegi Thakur, bahut mehengi', 'Chal Dhanno', 'Basanti, in kutton ke saamne mat naachna', 'Jao, jaake kehdo Gabbar se, Ramgarh-walo ne paagal kutton ke saamne roti daalna bandh kar diya hain', 'Yeh haath nahin, phaansi ka phanda hain, Gabbar' are set to stir up audiences and make them reminiscent & nostalgic as well. Filmmaker Ketan Mehta's company Maya Digital was responsible for converting the film into 3D format, after being approached by the late producer G. P. Sippy's grandson, Sasha Sippy in 2010. Shezaad Sippy and cousin Shaan Uttamsingh are co-producers. It took INR 25 crore to convert Sholay into 3D format. Under the leadership of computer animator Frank Foster, 350 people worked to convert the film into digital 3D format for which each and every scene had to be individually restored, colour-corrected and re-composited in 3D to match the depth. New set-pieces which lend themselves to the visual experience, particularly in the said format were also included, like digital logs which scatter in the direction of the camera during the first half of the film with the trains collision with them, the gunshot scene which frees Jai and Veeru from their handcuff along with the panoramic views of Gabbar's hideout in the caves. This is the longest movie to be made in 3D, with 207 minutes of runtime. Jayantilal Gada, Chairman of Pen India Pvt Ltd, is presenter and distributor of the movie.
Reviewing such a gargantuan movie ever made, is neither fair nor are we dexterous enough to criticize it. The 3D avatar is crystal-clear and crisp, as per today's time. The colors and sharpness are lustrous and serene, especially in the close-up scenes of the actors, where they look par excellence. The contribution by director of photography (Dwarka Divecha) is simply precious. The layered 3D effects are limited to action scenes like the train sequence, the holi fight and Amitabh Bachchan's penultimate fight scene, which would be loved by the youngsters. And those who may have lost count of the number of times they've watched this incredible entertainer, these scenes with 3D effects would work as icing on the cake. On the flip side, the digitalisation of music by Raju Singh tends to give in the voices of original singers, at times. Rest assured, the background score is top notch. We are fortunate enough to witness such a grand event back on big screen, in times when there is no prominent market for old classic releases. The cineastes are blest by watching this cult movie at the commencement of 2014. Many of us wasn't not born when the Indian cinema got its most iconic movie. But don't miss the chance now to feel the epic friendship between Jai and Veeru, Basanti-Dhanno duo and the Indian cinema’s greatest villain Gabbar Singh. The epic shouldn't merely be rated on five stars. Book your tickets pronto and get awestruck by yesteryears' prolific writers Salim-Javed's chef d'oeuvre.view less