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Sholay (Embers)
Directed by Ramesh Sippy
Produced by G.P. Sippy
Written by Javed Akhtar
Salim Khan
Starring Dharmendra
Sanjeev Kumar
Hema Malini
Amitabh Bachchan
Jaya Bhaduri
Amjad Khan
Asrani
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Cinematography Dwarka Divecha
Editing by M.S. Shinde
Distributed by Sippy Films
Release date(s) 15 August 1975
Running time 199 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget Rs. 2 crore ($400,000) [1]
Gross revenue Rs. 768.81 crore
($160 million)

Sholay (Hindi: शोले, Urdu: شعلے) (English: Embers) is an Indian film directed by Ramesh Sippy. It is the biggest hit in the history of Bollywood, India's Hindi film industry. Released on 15 August 1975, it stars Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan. The movie, shot in the rocky terrain of Ramanagara, Karnataka,[2] is the story of two petty criminals hired to capture a ruthless dacoit by the name of Gabbar Singh.

Sholay is the highest grossing film of all time in Indian cinema. The movie has earned Rs. 768,81,00,000, equivalent to US$ 160 million, after adjusting for inflation.[3] When first released, the film was declared a commercial disaster. Word of mouth convinced movie-goers to give the film a chance and soon it became a box-office phenomenon. It ran for 286 weeks straight (more than five years) in one Mumbai theatre, the Minerva. Sholay racked up a still-record 60 golden jubilees across India and doubled its original gross over reruns during the late 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.[3] Sholay was the first film in the history of Indian cinema to celebrate a silver jubilee (25 weeks) at over a hundred theatres across India.[3]

In 1999 BBC India declared it the "Film of the Millennium"; Indiatimes movies ranks the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.[4] The same year, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare awards awarded it with a special award called Filmfare Best Film of 50 Years.

Contents

Plot

The beginning

A rare photograph on location, of the main male leads. (Left to Right) - Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan.

Ramgarh, a small village in the dunes of Chambal river, is home to ex-policeman Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar). The movie begins with Thakur summoning an old colleague and requesting him to track down a pair of small-time thieves he once apprehended in the line of duty. Though the two petty criminals Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) are notorious, Thakur feels that they would be the ideal men to help him end the tyranny of Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) - an infamous dacoit (bandit) wanted by the authorities for a Rs 50,000 reward. Veeru and Jai are found and brought to Ramgarh. They are told by Thakur that they are to bring Gabbar to him alive for Rs 20,000 plus the Rs 50,000 reward.

The tyranny of Gabbar

Three of Gabbar's enforcers arrive in Ramgarh to collect supplies from the defenseless villagers. This time, however, they go back empty-handed, due to Veeru and Jai's intervention. The villagers show their gratitude by hailing their new heroes.

In Gabbar's camp, the tyrant interrogates the three men he sent to Ramgarh about why they were defeated by only two men. His psychotic nature is shown when he subjects his men to a twisted version of Russian Roulette where all three survive against the odds. This event amuses Gabbar who begins to laugh uncontrollably at the bizarre occurrence and the unlikelyhood of it happening. The three men who have survived this ordeal are bemused but then relieved and slowly begin to laugh as well. As the sounds of all of Gabbar's army laughing like fools reverberate around the rocky camp, Gabbar suddenly stops laughing and uses the three remaining bullets to shoot the three men dead.

Gabbar's plan to attack Ramgarh on Holi is put into action and in a much tougher battle this time, Veeru and Jai meet their match and are held at gunpoint. With his two recruits facing death, Thakur has a chance to throw a gun to Veeru. Instead of helping, Thakur simply stands stationary. With quick thinking, Veeru and Jai manage to save their lives. They then state their intentions to walk away from Ramgarh, leaving the villagers to defend themselves, due to Thakur's cowardice. Before they can, Thakur tells them the real reason of why he wants Gabbar and why he could not help them.

Some time ago, Thakur had caught Gabbar and had him imprisoned only for the dacoit to escape and plot an evil revenge against him. Gabbar made his way to Thakur's home and cold-bloodedly, killed his two sons, daughter, elder daughter-in-law and his only grandson. The only person in the family to survive this massacre was Thakur's younger daughter-in-law, Radha.

Thakur tracked down Gabbar but this time, the tyrant held the upper hand thanks to his gang and tortured him. Gabbar reminded Thakur of his promise to come back and haunt him once he escaped and this was the day. Grabbing two swords, Gabbar maniacally approached Thakur and ruthlessly cut off both his arms. Thakur had hidden this disability from Veeru and Jai, but now it was clear why he could not physically help them.

Village life

Living in Ramgarh, the cynical young Jai and lively Veeru find themselves growing fond of the villagers, taking pity on their sufferings under dacoit tyranny. Some of the villagers evoke more than fondness. Veeru is attracted to Basanti, a feisty, talkative young woman who makes her living driving a horse-cart. However, Basanti's aunt, thanks to Jai's meddling, is reluctant to let Veeru marry her niece. Only after Veeru drunkenly swears that he will commit suicide by jumping off a water tower does she agree to let him marry Basanti.

Jai is drawn to Radha, the Thakur's reclusive widowed daughter-in-law, who very subtly returns his affections. Thakur's servant, Ramlaal, tells of when Radha used to be full of life and colour until the day Gabbar killed her husband. After discussing it with Radha's father, Thakur agrees that she can marry Jai.

The duo also befriend other villagers and instill a belief of freedom from Gabbar's villainous regime. Among these are the blind imam and his son, Ahmed, who has been offered a job in the city, but refuses to leave his father all alone. He is eventually talked into going and sets off on his horse. On the way, he has the bad luck of running into Gabbar's henchmen. Ahmed is killed and returned with a message for Ramgarh: hand over Veeru and Jai or suffer the same fate as the dead boy.

As the villagers stand over Ahmed's body, they tell Veeru and Jai, that they can give away whatever wealth they have, but they cannot give away their children's lives. Thakur, Veeru and Jai argue against ceding to Gabbar's threats, but only the imam, who has lost his son, convinces the villagers that they cannot simply give in to evil.

The climax

Veeru and Jai fight back and send a message back to Gabbar: For every villager killed by Gabbar, Veeru and Jai will avenge them by killing four of his men in return. Gabbar, angered by this, swears death on Jai, Veeru, Thakur, and all of Ramgarh.

The battle approaches its climax when Basanti and Veeru are captured and Jai follows. Gabbar's mania drives him to shatter glass around an area for Basanti to dance upon - so long as she dances, Veeru (tied up as Thakur was) will not be harmed. Jai gets through Gabbar's defences. Soon Jai is able to get into a position to shoot Gabbar and demands the release of his friends. Veeru and Basanti escape while Jai holds back the dacoits from a distance with a rifle. Once Veeru and Basanti are safe, Jai slowly draws back and heads for his friends, only to be wounded grievously by a bullet as he is running away.

Jai is reunited with Veeru and Basanti and they realise they are running out of ammunition. As Veeru is unaware of Jai's wound, Jai orders him to go back to the village where he can take Basanti and then return with some ammunition. Veeru does not want Jai to face the bandits alone, so he suggests that Jai should go. The two argue once more and resort to what has been their only method of resolution over the years - the coin. As it was earlier in the film, Veeru loses the toss and goes back to the village.

Jai, slowly dying and with only a few bullets, manages to fend off advances by the bandits, who have hidden under a small bridge and have thrown a stick of dynamite that has failed to explode. Jai manages to get close enough to the dynamite and uses his last bullet to detonate it, taking out the bridge and most of Gabbar's men.

Veeru returns to find Jai dying and sadly talks with him before he dies in his arms. Some of the villagers rush to the scene, including Radha, who once again must endure the anguish of losing someone. As Veeru wipes a tear, he notices Jai's old coin in his hand and then it dawns on him that he had been tricked by Jai all along. The coin was double-headed and Jai had managed to manipulate every situation that they disagreed on to his favour. Angry at his friend for sacrificing his life to save him, Veeru becomes hell-bent on revenge and goes after Gabbar.

Veeru catches Gabbar and beats him up badly. He is about to finish him off when Thakur appears and reminds him of the promise to bring Gabbar to him - alive. Veeru is ready to break his word to avenge Jai when he is told that it was Jai who made the promise. Unwilling to break Jai's promise, Veeru hands Gabbar over to the Thakur. When Gabbar asks Thakur that his hands are cut, and how will he fight, Thakur replies that the serpant is crushed by foot and not by hands and then reveals his spike-soled shoes, made to make Gabbar beg for a quick death.

Aftermath

Gabbar is kicked around by Thakur but is saved in the nick of time by the police, who tell the Thakur that Gabbar must be arrested and dealt with by the law. As Gabbar is taken away, Thakur is denied vengeance, but knows that Ramgarh is free once again.

In the alternate ending to the film [5] , Gabbar actually dies as he is kicked into a spike that is protruding from the posts where Thakur's arms were cut off. Thakur then falls to his knees and is comforted by Veeru. Thakur then begins to cry, he did not do even when his family was killed.

Jai's funeral (cremation) takes place as Veeru stands all alone in front of the pyre. In the distance, Radha watches on through a window.

With nothing more for him in Ramgarh, Veeru leaves on a train. But as he looks up, he sees that he is not alone. Basanti has also boarded the train and both she and Veeru leave Ramgarh together.

Credits

Cast

Main
  • Dharmendra as Veeru, the more jovial and naughty of the two friends
  • Sanjeev Kumar as Thakur Baldev Singh, usually addressed as Thakur sahib
  • Amitabh Bachchan as Jai, the calmer and more thoughtful of the two
  • Hema Malini as Basanti, a talkative girl who is the coachman for the only horse-carriage in Ramgarh
  • Jaya Bhaduri as Radha, the Thakur's widowed daughter-in-law
  • Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh: Singh (Hindi: गब्बर सिंह) is a dacoit, who leads a like-minded group into looting and plundering the villages in the region of Ramgarh. His personality is of a sadistic and desensitized thug who insists on killing whenever required to continue his undisputed status and to take revenge on his enemies. Gabbar Singh also has a taste for ethnic dances and regularly visits the Banjara dance troupes when they come by his region.
Supporting

Crew

The film was produced by G.P. Sippy and directed by his son Ramesh Sippy. It was written by scriptwriters Salim-Javed. R. D. Burman contributed the music. Anand Bakshi was the lyricist. It was the first Hindi (and possibly Indian) movie to have a stereophonic soundtrack.

Production

The film was a lavish production for its time. It took two and a half years to make; it went Rs. 300,000 over budget. Much of the film was set in the rocky terrain of Ramanagaram, a village near Bangalore, Karnataka. The filmmakers had to build a road from the Bangalore highway to Ramanagaram for convenient access to the sets.

In fact, one part of Ramanagaram town was renamed "Sippynagar" after the director of the movie. Even to this day, a visit to the "Sholay rocks" (where the movie was shot) is offered to tourists travelling through Ramanagaram (on the road between Bangalore and Mysore).

Influences and allusions

The movie drew heavily from the conventions of Western films, especially Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns and John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven. Sholay's extensive use of slow-motion in shoot-outs was influenced by the westerns of Sam Peckinpah, films such as The Wild Bunch (1969) and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)

Gabbar Singh was modeled on a real-life dacoit of the same name who menaced the villages around Gwalior in the 1950s. He terrorized the local police. Any policeman captured by the real Gabbar Singh had his ears and nose cut off, and was then released as an object lesson to other policemen.

Reception

Box office

Sholay was released on 15 August 1975 in Mumbai. On 11 October 1975, the film was released in several other Indian film distribution districts. It earned Rs. 1,62,41,00,000 equivalent to US$ 88 million, after adjusting for inflation[3] and remains the highest grossing movie of all-time in the history of Indian Cinema.

At Mumbai's Minerva theater, it was shown in regular shows for three continuous years, and then in matinee shows for two more years. Even in 240th week of its release, Sholay was packing the theaters. Sholay grossed about 35 crore rupees in its first run, a record that remained unbroken for the next nineteen years. Sholay ran for more than five years.

Critical response

The critic K.L. Amladi of India Today called the film a "dead ember" and added, "Thematically, it's a gravely flawed attempt."[6] Filmfare said that the film was an unsuccessful mincing of Western style with Indian milieu, making it a "...imitation western—neither here nor there."[6] Trade journals and columnists initially called the expensive film a flop.[6]

Awards

  • When it was first released, Sholay won only one Filmfare award: film editor M. S. Shinde won for Best editing. He had edited 300,000 feet of film into 20,000 feet of theatrical release.[7] After the censors mandated cuts, the film was 18,000 feet and ran for 3 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Nevertheless, at the 50th Filmfare Awards, it received the prestigious award as the Best Film of 50 Years. Ramesh Sippy was there to receive the trophy.
  • It was declared "Film of the Millennium" by BBC India and internet polls in 1999. [1]
  • In 2002, Sholay topped the British Film Institute's poll of "Top 10 Indian Films" of all time.[8]
  • In 2006, Sholay was voted best film in Iran. [2]

Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards

  • Best Actor in Supporting Role - Amjad Khan [3]
  • Best Cinematographer (Colour) - Dwarka Divecha [4]
  • Best Art Director - Ram Yadekar [5]

Legacy

DVD release of Sholay

Sholay has inspired many imitations, in cinema and television, and has spawned a whole sub-genre of films. None of them has had the success of the original film. The latest attempt to trade on Sholay's fame was Ram Gopal Varma's film Aag (2007), which was pulled from theaters after two weeks. It is now considered one of the biggest flops in Bollywood's history.[9] "Aag" was originally also called "Sholay" and was apparently meant to be a tribute to and "in the spirit of Sholay." The name was changed to "Aag" after legal action was taken by the makers of the original "Sholay." Amitabh Bachchan, who had one of the lead roles in the original "Sholay" plays the villain, Babban Singh, in "Aag."

The stars of the film appeared in other films; they did not seem to be limited by their roles in Sholay. Amitabh Bachchan went on to become one of the biggest stars in the Indian film industry. However, some of the supporting actors never escaped the shadow of their hit film.

Amjad Khan, who played the bandit Gabbar Singh played many more villainous roles afterwards. He played Gabbar Singh again in the 1991 spoof Ramgarh Ke Sholay. He also reprised the role in a commercial for biscuits.

Comedian Jagdeep, who played Soorma Bhopali in the film, also attempted to capitalize on his Sholay success; he directed and played the lead role in the 1988 film Soorma Bhopali; Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan also played cameos.[10] The film was not a success.

Thanks to television, VCRs, and DVDs, it is widely available and still extremely popular. In the year 1996, "Sholay" was first shown on the Indian government-run Doordarshan television channel; streets were virtually empty during the show. Young Indians who had not been born when Sholay was released will still have seen the film and know the dialogue and characters.

Soundtrack

R. D. Burman, who composed the music for the film, was one of the most sought after composers in 1975, when the film was released. However, out of the twelve soundtracks he composed that year, Khushboo and Aandhi were critical successes and Deewar and Khel Khel Mein mild commercial hits. No other Burman film soundtrack that year attained the resounding critical and commercial success of Sholay.

The lyrics were given by Anand Bakshi. The songs picturized in the film were the following:

# Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" Lata Mangeshkar 06:04
2 "Koi Haseena" Kishore Kumar and Hema Malini 04:14
3 "Holi Ke Din" Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar 05:27
4 "Yeh Dosti" Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey 05:25
5 "Mehbooba Mehbooba" Rahul Dev Burman 03:43
6 "Haan Jab Tak Hai Jaan" Lata Mangeshkar 05:29

A qawwali, Aa Shuru Hota Hai Phir, was also recorded, but it was never picturized or released.

However, at the time, the songs from Sholay attracted less attention than the dialogues — a rarity for Bollywood. This prompted the producers to release audio-cassettes with only dialogues.[11]

Another aspect of the soundtrack that was widely appreciated and has gone through a number of re-releases were the instrumental scores. The title track, which has a particular emphasis on acoustic guitar and brass sections is still well anthologized and is an example of Burman's foray into fusing Indian sounds with Latin and Afro-Cuban elements. Burman also created some disparate segments including a sparse track to augment the ferocity of Gabbar Singh amidst the desolate location and one to highlight the Thakur's shock at seeing his family exterminated.[12]

Among the songs, two versions of Yeh Dosti were released, an extended version which was cited as the "happy version" and a shorter one called the "sad version". For many years this device became a mainstay of Hindi film soundtracks, with the sad concise version of the "happy song" played during the sad scenes.

The song Mehbooba Mehbooba, performed and composed by Burman, became very popular. This song has been highly anthologized, remixed, and recreated. A notable recent version being one created by the Kronos Quartet for their Grammy-nominated album You've stolen my heart.[13]

Alternate Directors Cut

There has been an alternate director's cut of Sholay released where Gabbar Singh dies at the end. Other different features of this film are this is not in wide-screen. Also there are some additional scene's with some different dialogues. The reason for the alternate ending is because "The film ran into problems with Indian Censors who claimed their rules about people taking the law into their own hands and not being punished for it was not permitted and may corrupt naive viewers; for this reason the ending of the film had to be re-shot for a 'U' Rating."[14]

The film was originally shot in full frame 35mm, but was cropped and duped to 70mm for widescreen release. The so-called "director's cut" of the film preserves the full frame as shot, and is 204 minutes in length. Eros(Eros-released DVD) dvd's were produced with both the "director's cut" and a cropped widescreen version that is also 204 minutes in length. The dvd packaging does not always state clearly which version is inside.

Trivia

  • The director's original choice for Jaidev too was different. Shatrughan Sinha was almost signed, when Dharmendra convinced the producers that Amitabh would be the right choice.
  • The producers wanted Danny Denzongpa to play the bandit chief, but he was committed to Feroz Khan's "Dharmatma". Amjad Khan was a second choice.[15]
  • The scene in which Thakur's family is killed was cut by the censor board; the murder of a small child was deemed too horrific to show.
  • The film showcased two real life romances. Amitabh married Jaya Bhaduri, who played the widowed daughter-in-law in 1973, 4 months before the filming started. Dharmendra married Hema Malini, his second marriage, in 1980, five years after the release of the film.
  • Amjad Khan prepared to play a bandit chief by reading a book titled Abhishapth Chambal, which told of the exploits of Chambal dacoits. The book was written by Taroon Bhaduri, who happened to be the father of Jaya Bhaduri.
  • The screenwriters, Salim-Javed, named Veeru and Jai after a couple of Salim's college friends.[16]

References

  1. ^ Madhu Jain, Namrata Joshi (12-05-2003). "Bollywood's Best Films". Centre for the Study of Culture and Society. http://www.cscsarchive.org:8081/__e52568520028afa7.nsf/0/88dbdf326f80b75c65256d20001d6e6d!OpenDocument&Highlight=0,fire. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Ramgarh of Sholay to become district". Times of India. 2007-06-22. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2140172.cms. Retrieved 23 December 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Sholay". International Business Overview Standard. http://www.ibosnetwork.com/asp/filmbodetails.asp?id=Sholay. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  4. ^ Kanwar, Rachna (3 October 2005). "25 Must See Bollywood Movies". Indiatimes movies. http://movies.indiatimes.com/Special_Features/25_Must_See_Bollywood_Movies/articleshow/msid-1250837,curpg-10.cms. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  5. ^ http://www.rediff.com/entertai/2001/feb/07anu.htm
  6. ^ a b c (Chopra 2000, pp. 156-178)
  7. ^ (Chopra 2000, pp. 141)
  8. ^ "Top 10 Indian Films". British Film Institute. 2002. http://www.bfi.org.uk/features/imagineasia/guide/poll/india. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  9. ^ "Sholay tribute fails to impress". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6981053.stm. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  10. ^ "Soorma Bhopali". Internet Movie Database Inc.. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096140/. Retrieved 2006-09-10. 
  11. ^ "Salim Javed". People. Upperstall.com. http://www.upperstall.com/people/salimjaved.html. Retrieved 2006-09-10. 
  12. ^ "Sholay". Soundtrack Reviews. DesiClub, Inc.. http://www.desiclub.com/bollywood/sndtrk_reviews/sndtrk_review.cfm?id=116. Retrieved 2006-09-11. 
  13. ^ "You've Stolen My Heart - Songs from R.D. Burman's Bollywood". Records. Kronos Quartet. http://kronosquartet.org/records/indiv.php?id=207. Retrieved 2006-09-11. 
  14. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073707/alternateversions
  15. ^ "Trivia for Sholay". Sholay. Internet Movie Database Inc. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073707/trivia. Retrieved 2006-09-10. 
  16. ^ Database Inc. Retrieved on 2006-09-10.

Further reading

  • Chopra, A (2000), Sholay - The Making Of A Classic, Penguin Books, India, ISBN 014029970x 
  • Dissanayake, W (1992), Sholay, a Cultural Reading, South Asia Books, ISBN 8122403948 
  • Rajadhyaksha, A (1999), Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema (2nd Revised ed.), British Film Institute, ISBN 085170669X 
  • Valicha, K (1988), The Moving Image: A Study of Indian Cinema, Stosius Inc/Advent Books Division, ISBN 0861316819 

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

The cast of Sholay, (Left to Right)- Amitabh Bachchan , Dharmendra Deol , Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan

Sholay is a 1975 film Hindi film, about the two petty criminals, Jai and Veeru hired by village head, Thakur, to capture, for a bounty, a ruthless dacoit by the name of Gabbar Singh.

Directed by Ramesh Sippy. Written by Salim-Javed.

Contents

Gabbar

  • Yeh haath hum ko de de, thakur
  • Tera kya hoga, Kaliya?
  • Ab tera kya hoga Kaalia (Now what will happen to you Kaalia)
  • Jo darr gaya samjho mar gaya (He who is afraid is dead)
  • Holi kab hai, kab hai holi? (meaning: When's Holi? When is it?)
  • Gabbar ke taap se tumhe ek hi aadmi bacha sakta hai, ek hi aadmi, khud Gabbar. (Only one man can save you from Gabbar's anger, only one man, Gabbar himself)
  • Ye Ramgarhwake apni choriyon ko kaun si Chakki kaa aata khilatein hai, badi karari hotin hain..
  • Bahut yaraana lagta hai... (meaning: It seems you are very close friends)

Thakur

  • Jao ja ker kah do Gabbar se, Ramgarh waalon ne paagal kutton ke saamne roti daalna band kar diya hai.(meaning: Go and tell to Gabbar that Ramgarh(village) people have left throwing rotis in front of mad dogs)
  • Maine kaha tha na bhaagne ki koshish mat karna.(meaning: I told you dont try to run )
  • Loha abhi garam hai, maar do hathoda.(meaning: iron is hot hit a hammer)
  • Thakur na kat sakta hai na jhuk saktha hai. Thakur sirf mar sakta hai.

Basanti

  • Bhaag Dhanno Bhaag! Aaj teri Basanti ki ijjat ka sawaal hai.(Run dhanno(her lady horse) run today is the question of Basanti's honour)
  • Dekho, Mujhe befuzool baat karne ki aadat to hai nahin...(Look, I don't like small talk)

Jailor

  • Aadhe idhar jaao, aadhe udhar jaao, baaki mere peeche aao
  • Hum angrezon ke zmaane ke jailor hain! Ha haa...
  • Hum angrezon ke zmaane ke jailor hain! Ha haa...(I am a jailor from British rule ha haa...)
  • Humaare jail mein surang?(An escape route in my jail?)
  • Humaare jail mein pistaul?(meaning: A gun in my jail?)
  • Adhe idhar jayo, adhe udhar jayo, baki mere saath aao( half of you go this way, half go that way, rest of you follow me)

Dialogue

Gabbar: Hmmmm.... Kitane aadmi the?
Kaliya: sardar.. do aadmi the.
Gabbar: hmmm.. Do aadmi ? .... SOOWAR KE BACHCHO.. woh do the aur tum teen..
phir bhi waapas aagayeye . khaali haath..
kya samaz kar aaye the?.. sardar bahot khus hoga sabasi dega kyoon? DHIKKAR HAI ...
Arre O Saambha... kitna inaam rakkhe hai sarkaar ham par?
Sambha: Poore pachaas hajaar..
Gabbar: Soona.. poore pachas hajaar.. aur yeh inaam isliye hai ke yaha se pachas
pachas kos door gaanw me jab bachcha raat ko rota hai to maa kahti hai
beta soja ..soja nahi to gabbar singh aa jaayega. Aur yeh teen haraam jaade..ye
gabbar singh kaa naam poora mitti me milaay diye..iski sajaa milegi..
baraabar milegi..( ek aadmi se revolver leta hai aur usse poochhta hai)
kitni goli hai iske andar?
Aadmi : (woh chauk jaata hai)
Gabbar: KITNI GOLI HAI?
Aadmi : Chhe sardaar (six)
Gabbar: (To himself) chhe ? (loudly) chhe goli.. chhe goli hai iske andar.. chhe goli aur aadmi teen...bahot naa insaafi hai yeh.
(teen golihawa me uda deta hai) ab theek hai. haa ab theek hai..
ab iske teen khaano me goli hai teen khali.. ab ham issko ghumaege....(...)
ab kaha goli hai kaha nahi? .. hamko nahi pata .. hamko kuchh nahi pataa.
is pistaul me teen jindagi teen maut band hai...
dekhe kisse kya milta hai?
(pahale aadmi ke taraf jaake uske sir par revolver chalata hai lekin goli nahi lagati) bach gaya saala ...
(doosare ke sir pe revolver chalata hai .. woh bhi bachataa hai) yeh bhi bach gaya..
(teesare ki taraf jaake) teraa kya hoga kaaliyaa?
Kaliya: ..s..sardar... maine aapkaa namak khaayaa hai sardaar..
Gabbar: ab.. goli kha (revolver kaliyaa par chalata hai use bhi goli nahi lagati) kamaal ho gaya... Teeno bachh gaye
(ab gabbar hansane chaalu karataa hai)
yeh teen h.. ha ha .. teeno haramjaadon ko .. goli nahi lagi (ab gabbar jor se hans rahaa hai)
(baaki sab hasnaa chaalu karate hai.... aur achanak teen goliyon ki aawaaj aati hai aur woh teen aadmi mar jaate hai... ekdam sannataa chha jaata hai.. thodi der baad) Jo dar gayaa .. samazo mar gayaa.

Gabbar: Yeh Haat hamka de de Thakur. (Give me this (your) hand, Thakur (before he goes to chop it off))
Thakur: nahiiiiiii! (No!!)

Jai

  • Mujhe to sabhi police waale ek jaise nazar aate hain(meaning: All police men are look alikes)
  • Tumhara naam kya hai basanti(meaning: what is your name Basanti?)
  • Kya karo mausi humara dil hi kuch aasa hai (what can i do mausi(mother's sister) my heart is like this)

Veeru

Veeru: Tum ek maroge to hum char marengee (meaning: If you kill one, we will kill four)

Veeru: Basanti In kuttoon ke samne mat nachna (meaning: Basanti don't dance in front of these dogs)

Veeru: Main tera khoon pee jaaonga (meaning: I will drink your blood)

Imaam: Itna Sannata kyo hai bhai? (meaning: Why am I feeling light did anyone do anything with my stick)
Ramlal: Abhi Abhi gabbar ke aadmi .....ke gaye hai.

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