A Remake Worth Watching
By Manoj Krishnan | Express Features | Published: 06th January 2014 10:48 AM |
It makes no sense in re-reviewing the movie Sholay, as there is not much I can say about the movie that you would already not know. Sholay is easily one of the best Hindi movies ever made. It owned the box office when it released 38 years ago and was the second Hindi movie I ever watched. It is rated fifth on IMDb’s list of top 100 Hindi movies of all time, which I think is a gross understatement.
The third dimension may not add too much to the film’s already amazing dynamic, but the digitally re-mastered print of Sholay is definitely worth watching. I know it’s not fair to compare these two movies, but Sholay’s re-release in 3D reminded me a lot of Sivaji – The Boss’ re-release. The only differences between the 2D and 3D versions are the action sequences involving bullets that seem to give you chills when watched in 3D.
This re-release comes at the perfect time if you ask me. When the quality of Hindi movies being made has taken a real dip, it does well to remind directors and actors what they should strive to be like. It could also do well to remind sound editors how to make an amazing background score.
It still baffles me how an action scene made in 1975 with no CGI whatsoever still looks better on screen than the poor graphic action sequences in today’s films. On a side note, I also cannot believe that the exchange rate to the dollar was only Rs 8.94!
Sholay will also show younger audiences what Bollywood can be like. Although, I hope they realize that this was the original one and can understand that these action sequences were the ones that were copied.
Sholay when it released was easily was way ahead of its time. There is no way a remake of it should ever be attempted. Sadly, RGV didn’t feel so when he made India’s entrant to IMDb’s list of worst movies of all time. There is no way the acting skill of Amjad Khan and Sanjeev Kumar can ever be matched by any of the new actors in Bollywood.
Verdict: Please take your children, nephews, nieces and yourselves to watch this movie. Sholay on the big screen again SHOULD NOT be missed at any cost. You could just watch the 2D version if you want, but do not miss it at any cost.