I must be honest and say, I never counted SHOLAY amongst my MUST SEE. I was not swept off by it when first released.why? I was into parallel cinema and its painful marketing as a bit of a pseudo young reviewer.
Today, I understand why the film has become a legend. It was born to be one.
About five years ago, I was waiting to catch a connecting bus from the Cairo International airport to my overnight hotelwith me was waiting a Egypt Air steward. He began chatting and soon we were riding high on Tabachchan ( big Bs Egyptian nickname) and SHOLAY. The Egyptians suffer from a Tabachchan fixation. Everything in their 400 year old Khan el Khalili market belongs to Tabachchan! By virtue of being an Indian,I was lifted into legend land due to Tabachchan and Sholay.