40 Years Of Sholay! And Some Interesting Facts About The Movie

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Let's take a look at some lesser-known facts about the blockbuster. Let's take a look at some lesser-known facts about the blockbuster.

Let's take a look at some lesser-known facts about the blockbuster.

The character of Gabbar Singh is said to have been based on a real-life dacoit of the same name who was alive in Gwalior during 1950s. The character of Gabbar Singh is said to have been based on a real-life dacoit of the same name who was alive in Gwalior during 1950s.

The character of Gabbar Singh is said to have been based on a real-life dacoit of the same name who was alive in Gwalior during 1950s.

Gabbar features in only nine scenes Gabbar features in only nine scenes

Gabbar features in only nine scenes

Amjad Khan was almost dropped from Sholay, as scriptwriter Javed Akhtar felt that his voice was too weak for Gabbar Singh. Amjad Khan was almost dropped from Sholay, as scriptwriter Javed Akhtar felt that his voice was too weak for Gabbar Singh.

Amjad Khan was almost dropped from Sholay, as scriptwriter Javed Akhtar felt that his voice was too weak for Gabbar Singh.

Jai and Veeru were named after the film’s scriptwriter, Salim Khan’s friends from college. Jai and Veeru were named after the film’s scriptwriter, Salim Khan’s friends from college.

Jai and Veeru were named after the film’s scriptwriter, Salim Khan’s friends from college.

Dharmendra actually wanted to play Thakur Baldev Singh, but changed his mind when he was told that Veeru will get the girl (Basanti). Dharmendra actually wanted to play Thakur Baldev Singh, but changed his mind when he was told that Veeru will get the girl (Basanti).

Dharmendra actually wanted to play Thakur Baldev Singh, but changed his mind when he was told that Veeru will get the girl (Basanti).

Jagdeep’s role of Soorma Bhopali was added after the film’s shooting was completed. Jagdeep’s role of Soorma Bhopali was added after the film’s shooting was completed.

Jagdeep’s role of Soorma Bhopali was added after the film’s shooting was completed.

Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya got married four months before shooting began.  Jaya was pregnant with Shweta during the filming. Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya got married four months before shooting began.  Jaya was pregnant with Shweta during the filming.

Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya got married four months before shooting began. Jaya was pregnant with Shweta during the filming.

It won just one Filmfare award - for editing! It won just one Filmfare award - for editing!

It won just one Filmfare award - for editing!

Real bullets were reportedly used while filming  climax and a stray bullet was said to have narrowly missed Amitabh Bachchan. Real bullets were reportedly used while filming  climax and a stray bullet was said to have narrowly missed Amitabh Bachchan.

Real bullets were reportedly used while filming climax and a stray bullet was said to have narrowly missed Amitabh Bachchan.

Sachin Pilgaonkar, who played Ahmed, reportedly received a refrigerator as part of his acting fee. Sachin Pilgaonkar, who played Ahmed, reportedly received a refrigerator as part of his acting fee.

Sachin Pilgaonkar, who played Ahmed, reportedly received a refrigerator as part of his acting fee.

It was only after 40 retakes that the scene featuring 'Kitne aadmi the' was finalised. It was only after 40 retakes that the scene featuring 'Kitne aadmi the' was finalised.

It was only after 40 retakes that the scene featuring 'Kitne aadmi the' was finalised.

Salim Khan recommended Amitabh Bachchan for the role of Jai. Salim Khan recommended Amitabh Bachchan for the role of Jai.

Salim Khan recommended Amitabh Bachchan for the role of Jai.

Action, Drama, Romance - Sholay has it all!  The blockbuster, which starred some of the biggest actors of the '70s - Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan, is one of the most iconic films of Bollywood.  

Whether it was dialogues, background music, the actors or the villain, this cult-classic still seems fresh and entertains us. 

As Sholay, celebrates 40 years of its release this year, we bring you some interesting facts about it!
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