After nearly four decades of its original release in 1975, the Bollywood action movie Sholay is all set for its theatrical release in 3D.
Directed by Ramesh Sippy, the film stars Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan, and actresses Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri among a slew of other actors who could ride the success of Sholay to become popular in the Hindi film industry.
It was produced as a conventional Indian formula film with action, romance, songs, dances, and so on. However, it turned out to be an extremely gripping piece of entertainment that never happened in Bollywood.
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Viewers and film analysts alike rate Sholay as the best film in Hindi cinema. Even the film producers never thought that it will become such a hit among different generations of Indian masses.
The original movie was shot for a little over 200 minutes. However, after removing the most violent scenes, it was released for 198 minutes. While normal Hindi movies are shot in just three months these days, Sholay took nearly three years to complete.
Although Indian film industry is the biggest in the world in terms of number of movies released in a year, here the average production cost of a movie is just $3 million.
While the Mumbai-based Indian film industry Bollywood is run like a family fiefdom by a few old actors and their family members, they produce ordinary films for the masses in the lower income groups of population who don’t have any other means of entertainment. An average Bollywood movie earns a paltry $5 million or so at the box office.
The 3D Sholay will be released Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 in over 1,000 screens in India and abroad.
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