It makes no sense in re-reviewing ‘Sholay’, as there is not much about the movie that is not already legend. Ramesh Sippy’s masterpiece is easily one of the best Hindi films ever made. It owned the box office when it released in 1975 and remains an immortal classic 38 years later. That the film is rated fifth in IMDb’s list of top 100 movies of all time would be rated by many cinebuffs as a gross understatement. Of course, the whole 3D imagery does not really add anything to the film’s already amazing dynamic, but the digitally re-mastered print of this pulsating tale is certainly worth watching. The only differences between the 2D and 3D versions are the action sequences involving bullets which seem to give you the chills when watched in 3D.
This re-release also comes as a reminder to the directors and technicians now ruling the roost with respect to what they should strive for in terms of storytelling, slick editing and pulsating action sequences. It could also do well to remind sound editors how to make an amazing background score.
‘Sholay’ will also show the younger audience what Bollywood in its true avatar can be like. ‘Sholay’, when it released, was easily way ahead of its time. There is no way a remake of it should ever be attempted. Sadly, Ram Gopal Varma dared to what he should never have and ended up filming a remake that would make any ‘Sholay’ fan wince.
The 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!
Director: Ramesh Sippy
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan,Dharmendra,Sanjeev Kumar,Hema Malini,Jaya Bachchan, Amjad Khan