IMDb Top 250: #246 Sholay

Sholay (1975)

Director: Ramesh Sippy
Writers: Javed Akhtar (as Salim-Javed), Salim Khan (as Salim-Javed)
Stars: Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini

After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture the bandit.

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I have to admit, this was the hardest movie that I ever had to see. First of all, I was never a big fan of western films. It didn’t matter where they came from, I just never got the grip of them. They just felt old. From another time, another place. Secondly,  this movie was long.

The film is pretty simple in terms of plot. It has revenge as the main theme. A family patriarch is the only one survivor after some bandits plunder his home village and he is left unable to exact revenge. So he finds two kind hearted but brave thieves to help him protect the village and capture the leader of those bandits.

Sounds pretty simple and straight forward. Yet, it is a very long road to get there. The film takes many detours and things happen very slow. It take its time for every scene, with a small plot twist at the middle.

It wants to be a dark and gloomy western. And yet, the typical Indian cliché of singing and dancing is present here. In those moments you actually feel like it is a romantic comedy, only to be pulled back in the dark and gloomy feeling of its subject.

Although the cinematography is very good, considering how old the movie is, and the sound effects are pretty decent, it is not a movie I would see again. It is not a movie that can entertain someone. If you are into western movies, than I would definitely  suggest that you try it out. If not, then don’t waste almost four hours of your time.

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