#35 #Scriptors100BestFilms If Indian movies were to be explained metaphorically, #Sholay would be best described as a snowball. You must be wondering, why? Well, there is a cute little story. The wonder-duo, #SalimJaved met G. P. Sippy and #RameshSippy with, what could be termed as a ‘four-line snippet’ of the story of two crooks hired by a retired and vengeful police officer to exact revenge on a hardnosed bandit.

The concept that had failed to impress many producers somehow awakened the curiosity of 26-years-young Ramesh Sippy, who had prior experience of just two films, both smash hits, ‘Andaz’ and ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’. The young mind of Ramesh Sippy saw immense potential in those four lines that had the essence of western classics like “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” as well as the world classics, such as ‘Seven Samurai’, and he immediately hired the writer-duo to write a full-fledged screenplay. As it went into pre-production, it stirred quite some restiveness into the film industry and many stars showed interest in it. The writing, the casting, the filming, and every little minute thing associated with this film is as good as a fable, which every movie-lover in India has been fed upon.

After good ‘two-and-a-half’ years of filming, Sholay was released to a very cold reception – no audience and ‘bad’ critique. It was about to be declared a flop, when the film’s engine was infused with a very effective fuel – the grand Indian word-to-mouth publicity. After that what happened is… well you all know that. That’s why the ‘snowball’ imagery.

What was in Sholay? Why Sholay has become a cultural icon of India? Why every little dialogue uttered by even the smallest character has become so iconic?

The answer lies in the fact that it was the first time the very internal, intricate, and deep human emotions were presented in their true form, though coated under the necessary cinematic commercialism. Many themes were considered taboo in that time or at least looked upon with a raised eyebrow, such as gory violence, massacre, sadistic cruelty, rising passion between a widow and a stranger, and even bromance. These honest emotions were unleashed and the audience felt the difference. Whether it is #Jai or #Veeru, #Thakur, #Basanti, #Radha, #Mausi, or even #GabbarSingh, we all know that these characters live somewhere inside us, of course to varied degrees, but they do. Apart from this empathetic side the simple story narration also played a significant role in the film’s success. The clearly defined characters, well thought-out and realistic backdrop/setting, world-class cinematography, impressive action sequences, catchy numbers, and of course the stunning performances… all these factors turned these embers into a crazy flared up wildfire.

#AmitabhBachchan #Dharmedra #Hemamalini #JayaBachechan #JavedAkhtar #SalimKhan

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