10 interesting facts on Sholay


There are two kinds of movies, one that enthralls the audience and another that wins the audience. The epic Hindi Movie, Sholay is the second kind of cinema that still finds its relevance and popularity even after close to 40 years. Dialogues, scenes and the story of the cult movie are still popular. The Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Amjad Khan, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri starrer movie is considered one of the best movies ever made in Bollywood. It was also the highest grosser at that time. However, there are few things that you may or may not about Sholay. Here are the top 10 interesting facts about Sholay that may amuse you.

10. Amjad Khan was the second choice for Gabbar

sholay amjad khan

The iconic role of Gabbar Daku played by legendary Amjad Khan had some story. He was not the first choice for the role and Ramesh Sippy instead approached Danny Denzongpa for the same. However, things did not work out and finally Amjad Khan bagged the role and the rest is history.

9. The story behind “Kitney Aadmi They”

shamba kitne aadmi the

Everyone can recall the famous dialogue of “Kitney Aadmi they” from Gabbar. However, you may not be aware that the particular scene took almost 40 retakes. The scene later on became one of the most important ones for the movie.

8. Shatrughan Sinha was the first choice for Jai


Amitabh Bachchan never looked back after playing the role of Jai. He went on to become the biggest superstar of Bollywood. However, this would have never happened as Shatrughan Sinha was the first choice.

7. Dharmendra wanted to be Thakur


Dharmendra was offered the role of Thakur and he agreed for that same. However, he later on grabbed the role of Viru because he wanted to be paired against Hema Malini.

6. Sambha, the famous man

Sambha, the famous man

Mac Mohan who played the role of Sambha is still famous as Sambha. However, he only had one dialogue in the entire movie.

5. The marriage saga of Sholay

DHarmendra hema pair in sholay

The Sholay had two love interests and marriage. Less than two years before the shooting started Amitabh and Jaya got married. After four years of release of Sholay, Dharmendra and Hema Malini also got married.

The village where the movie was shot



The village where the film was shot was called Ramnagar, but people in the village still call it Ramgarh or Sippynagar. The name of the village in the movie was Ramgarh.

3. The rock where Sambha sat



Remember the rock where Sambha sat and delivered his only dialogue is still present at the village. The rock can be spotted from the highway and is a popular tourist destination now.

2. Change of Script



The original script was that Gabbar will be killed Thakur. However, later on the script was changed due to sensor board objections and it also becomes very popular.

1. The Awards that it won


The movie won just one award when it was released, but BBC later on called it as Film of the Millennium in 1999.


Sholay was directed by Ramesh Sippy and made with a budget of INR 3 Crores at that time.

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