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Is Sholay a blockbuster?

Sholay was released in Bombay on August 15, 1975, on Indian Independence Day. It went on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1975, earning the title of ‘All-Time Blockbuster’ on the film rating website Box Office India. Sholay is a 1975 Indian action-adventure film directed by Ramesh Sippy and produced by his father G. P. Sippy. It was written by Salim–Javed and directed by Ramesh Sippy.

Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) are two criminals recruited by a retired police officer (Sanjeev Kumar) to apprehend the brutal dacoit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan). Basanti and Radha, Veeru and Jai’s love interests, are played by Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri, respectively.


Sholay is regarded as a classic and one of India’s best films. It came in first place in the British Film Institute’s vote of the “Top 10 Indian Films of All Time” in 2002. It was chosen the Best Film of the 50th Filmfare Awards in 2005 by the judges.

Over the course of two and a half years, the film was shot on the mountainous terrain of Ramanagara in the southern state of Karnataka. Sholay was released with a running time of 198 minutes after the Central Board of Film Certification ordered the excision of some violent scenes. The 204-minute original director’s cut was released on home video in 1990.

Sholay had unfavorable critical reviews and a lukewarm financial response when it was first released, but positive word-of-mouth exposure helped it become a box office hit. It set records for continuous showings in several theatres across India, and it played at Mumbai’s Minerva theatre for more than five years.

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