The timeless classic 'Sholay' directed by Ramesh Sippy completes 40 years on this Independence Day! The movie was released in 1975 and received neagative critical revies (yes, it did!) in the beginning but eventually became a box office success through word of mouth, and now, well we all know what 'Sholay' is!
It was ranked first in the British Film Institute's 2002 poll of "Top 10 Indian Films" of all time. In 2005, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare Awards named it the Best Film of 50 Years!
The movie ran for more than 5 years at Mumbai's Minerva theatre. By some accounts, it is the highest grossing Indian film of all time, adjusted for inflation.
The film is a defining example of a 'masala film' and mixes several genres in one work. The brilliant performances by the actors and the witty dialogues set new records!
In 2014, it was re-released in 3-D format.
Friends still swear by Jai-Veeru's friendship and villians are still called 'Gabbar'!
Here are some of the iconic dialogues of the movie.