‘Sholay’ still reverberating with filmgoers: Amitabh Bachchan
Mumbai: As “Sholay” completes its 40th anniversary this month, a nostalgic Amitabh Bachchan treated his fans to some behind-the-scene footage while reminiscing about the cult classic.
Bachchan, 72, revisited the time when “Sholay” was made while wondering its longevity among cinema lovers.
“SHOLAY 40 years… A lifetime gone by.. But still reverberating within all film goers..!!,” he posted on Twitter.
In the film, which released on August 15, 1975, Bachchan played a criminal Jai with Dharmendra, who essayed the character of Veeru.
The story revolved around their effort to capture the ruthless dacoit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) at the behest of Thakur, played by Sanjeev Kumar.
Directed by Ramesh Sippy, the film was shot in the rocky terrain of Ramanagar, Karnataka, over a span of two and a half years.
When the film released, “Sholay” received negative critical reviews and a tepid commercial response, but through word-of-mouth publicity it became a box-office success.
The film also starred Bachchan and Dharmendra’s real life partners Jaya and Hema Malini respectively.