Sholay (Hindi: शोले, Urdu: شعلے, English: Embers) is a 1975 Indian action adventure film produced by G.P. Sippy and directed by his son Ramesh Sippy. It is considered among the greatest classic hits in the history of Bollywood, India's Hindi film industry.
Released on 15 August 1975, it stars Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan.
The film, shot in the rocky terrain of Ramanagara, Karnataka, is the story of two petty criminals hired to capture a ruthless dacoit by the name of Gabbar Singh.
When first released, Sholay opened to a tepid response, but 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.
Sholay achieved a still-standing record of 60 golden jubilees (50 consecutive weeks) across India.
It was the first film in the history of Indian cinema to celebrate a silver jubilee (25 weeks) at over a hundred theaters across India.
By some accounts, Sholay is the highest grossing film of all time in Indian cinema when inflation is considered, although such figures are not known with certainty.
In 2005, Indiatimes ranked the movie amongst the "Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films".
That same year, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare Awards gave it a special award called Best Film of 50 Years.
Directed by Ramesh Sippy
Produced by G.P. Sippy
Written by Salim-Javed
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Distributed by Sippy Films
Release date(s) 15 August 1975 (1975-08-15)
Running time 188 minutes
Cast * Dharmendra as Veeru, the more jovial and naughty of the two friends * Amitabh Bachchan as Jai, the calmer and more thoughtful of the two * Sanjeev Kumar as Thakur Baldev Singh, usually addressed as "Thakur Sahib" * Hema Malini as Basanti, a talkative girl who is the coachman for the only horse-carriage in Ramgarh * Jaya Bhaduri as Radha, a quiet girl who is the Thakur's widowed daughter-in-law * Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh, a dacoit, who leads a group in looting and plundering the villages in the region of Ramgarh. He has a sadistic personality and insists on killing whenever required to continue his status and to take revenge on his enemies.
A rare photograph on location, of the main male leads. (Left to right) - Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan. * Satyen Kappu as Ramlaal * A.K. Hangal as Imam * Sachin as Ahmed * Iftekhar as Radha's father * Mac Mohan as Sambha * Viju Khote as Kaalia * Jagdeep as Soorma Bhopali * Asrani as Jailor * Keshto Mukherjee as Hariram * Leela Mishra as Mausi * Paidi Jairaj as police commissioner * Helen as Gypsy dancer (Special appearance) * Jalal Agha as Gypsy singer (Special appearance)