August 16, 2015

Sholay: 40th Birthday of an Iconic Indian Film

Anyone who knows anything about Bollywood has heard of Sholay.

This iconic movie which was released on August 15, 1975 just celebrated it's 40th birthday on India's Indepedence Day (August 15) 2015.  Sholay means 'flames' in Hindi. This movie has certainly burnt it's impression in the hearts of all Indians and anyone who is a fan of Hindi and Indian movies, including the author of this blog who has seen it more than ten times.

The film directed by G.P. Sippy stars Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan.

In case you are a fan of Bollywood movies and haven't seen this movie, or saw some of the song sequences, shame on you! While the purpose of this blog is to build Indian's context with American culture, the other context this blog builds is Indian culture in the minds of Americans. So, in case you haven't see the movie or it's songs, YouTube it to see movie songs and movie clips (some were embedded here, but as YouTube routinely removes copyrighted material, the videos were blank).


Trivia about the movie:
Jaya Bhaduri and Amitabh Bachchan got married during the making of the movie. Their son, Abhishek is also a famous Bollywood actor. Several years ago he married Aishwarya Rai, one of the most famous Bollywood actresses. Some Americans may have seen her in the Pink Panther 2.

The film was actually filmed in a village about 50 kilometeres from Bangalore in the South Indian state of Karnataka. For those who do not know much about India, the film Sholay is in Hindi, but the native language of the people of Karnataka is Kannada. Interestingly, I have driven close to this village some time ago, but did not go to the actual place to see where the film was set. I think they can do so much more to Sholay-ize the place. Considering how popular this movie was and continues to be, it would be interesting if they made a theme park in that area, and had employees who worked there dressed up and act in character. That'd be FUN!

What other trivia or memories do you have about Sholay? Feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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