Sholay - CreditsArre o Saambha, kitne aadmi tay? Gabbar
Sholay was produced by G. P. Sippy and directed by his son Ramesh Sippy. It was written by their favourite scriptwriter pair Salim-Javed and its music was directed by R. D. Burman.
The film consolidated the position of Amitabh Bachchan as the uncrowned king of Bollywood actors, but in some ways the actor who definitely stole the spotlight was theater actor Amjad Khan, who played the role of the ruthless villain Gabbar Singh with great panache. The initial choice for the role was Danny Denzongpa, but he could not act in the film due to call sheet problems.
The main actors in the film ended up marrying their respective romantic leads in real life - Amitabh married Jaya Bhaduri in 1973 during the making of the film, and Dharmendra married Hema Malini in 1980, five years after the release of the film.
Cast overviewDharmendra as Veeru
Sanjeev Kumar as Thakur Baldev Singh
Hema Malini as Basanti
Amitabh Bachchan as Jai (Jaidev)
Jaya Bhaduri as Radha
Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh
A.K. Hangal as Imaam Saheb
Satyen Kappu as Ramlal
Iftekhar as Narmalaji (Radha's father)
Leela Mishra as Mausie (as Leela Misra)
Vikas Anand as Jailer assigned to bring Veeru & Jaidev
Mac Mohan as Sambha
Keshto Mukherjee as Hariram
Sachin as Ahmed
Alankar Joshi as Deepak (as Master Alankar)
Film DetailsRuntime: 188 min / UK:199 min (London Film Festival) / India:204 min (director's cut) / USA:162 min
Sound Mix: 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) / Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification: India:Not Rated / UK:PG