Salman, Abhishek remember ‘Sholay’ as it clocks 40 years


Salman Khan and Abhishek Bachchan have some cherished memories of the cult movie, ‘Sholay’. As the film turns 40 this month, the two actors of Bollywood reminisce ‘Sholay’ days. Salman Khan said that he saw Sholay in school uniform while junior B said that he when the film was released he was in his mother’s stomach.

Both Salman and Abhishek  are connected to the film. Salman’s father Salim Khan co-wrote the script of the cult movie with Javed Akhtar, which starred Amitabh Bachchan as Jai, Dharmendra portrayed the role of 'Veeru' and Hema Malini as 'Basanti', Amjad Khan played the dreaded 'Gabbar' and Sanjeev Kumar as 'Thakur' in the Ramesh Sippy-directed movie, which released on August 15, 1975. 

Recalling ‘Sholay’ days, Salman said that he attended the premiere with brother Arbaaz in Minerva theatre. "I remember we went to see the premiere of Sholay. Arbaaz and I were in Scindia school, so we were dressed in our school blazers when our father took us there," Salman said, adding "the film surprisingly for two weeks was a huge disaster. Apparently, they went back to shoot the climax to make Bachchan Saab relive in the movie but after two weeks, it just took it to the next level."

The 39-year-old actor Abhishek Bachchan said, “The thing I love about Sholay is even if you see it today, it’s very contemporary. A lot of films age, I feel Sholay is ageless. It is as close to what we can get to a perfect masala pot-boiler that we have. Even if you see it today, it’s very believable. It’s an iconic film.”

Abhishek who was not even born when ‘Sholay’ was released said, “My entire childhood has been full of hearing stories of Salim-Javed uncle, Ramesh uncle, my parents and those were such wonderful stories. I believe the film was shot over three years. There were great anecdotes. Rohan, Ramesh uncle’s son went to school with me and we did films together as well. Sholay is the greatest film we have ever made and we are very happy that it is here, 40 years down the line. To make a film 40 years ago, that even today’s youth can connect with, I think that would be something all of us would aspire to do at some point.”

‘Sholay’ has some memorable dialogues which is still popular like"Kitne aadmi the?" by Gabbar, or "Tumhara naam kya hai Basanti?" by Bachchan and Dharmendra's "Basanti, in kutton ke saamne mat naachna"