Verdict .See this film fot the 101st time in this new format even if you have seen it 100 times before.
What can be said about the most iconic film of the past 38 years. This film is beyond evaluation and a review. It is a shining example of a film with a magic mix of all the ingredients of entertainment.. It is cinematic story telling at its best.This is borne out by the fact that it continues to draw houseful shows.
The Indian population is divided into two groups, one those who have seen Sholay and the other those who have not. With this re- release I am sure the numbers of those who have not seen it will reduce.Though it deserves 5 stars I am going for 4.5 because 5 means perfect and beyond improvement.
Maybe there is no other film which can boast of long list of popular characters which continues to dominate the minds of audiences of all ages.. Gabbar Singh, Jai, Veeru, Thakur, Basanti, Radha, Soorma Bhopali, Ramlal, Jailor, Sambha, Kalia, Dhanno have fired the imagination of people and are remembered till today.All these characters have been played superbly by some of the shining lights of Bollywood.
The story is about a wronged Thakur hiring two small time thieves to protect his village from the troubling dacoit Gabbar Singh.Thakur pays them to capture the dacoit alive since he has a score to settle with him. The direction by Ramesh Sippy is excellent and has already set up a benchmark for films of this category.The written work, dialogue and photography as seen in 1975 was far ahead of its times. It is still relevant today as a superb screenplay, direction, dialogue,acting ,and cinematography.
One special aspect of the film is the superb acting of all from Dharmendra , Amitabh, Amjad, Sanjeev , Hema to Jagdeep, Asrani and Satyan Kappu. However the real attractions of the film are the many bits of dialogue which have become part of Bollywood history.All the one liners which were getting taalis in 1975 are still very popular.So when Amitabh says "Tumhara naam kya hai Basanti" the whole theater breaks into laughter. The present generation fed on " don't angry me " and "Gandi baat"will also like "kitne aadmi the" or "jo dar gaya samjho mar gaya" or " hum angrezon ke zamane ke jailor hain"
The highlights of the film like the attack by dacoits on the train,and the many gunfights,come alive with the 3D and digital sound.The clang of the railway engine,the chugging train,the gunfire bursts,the flipping coin,are all mind boggling in the current format. Gabbar is more menacing and Hema is more enticing.And yes we did have the unavoidable item number even then (a dance by Helen extremely decent by today's standards.)
Music of RD Burman had scaled new heights and is mesmerising even today.The movie has outstanding cinematography by veteran Dwarka Divecha.with extensive location shooting.The editing also is first rate. In fact tere is no department of the film which is not first rate.