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Sunday, March 21, 2010

SHOLAY


I watched Sholay for the Nth time this weekend and enjoyed it just as much as I have on previous viewings. Sholay is perhaps India's most successful and memorable film of all time. The movie has several assets, which I have tried to rank as follows.
  1. Multi-super-star cast including Dharminder Deol (Veeru), Amitabh Bachchan (Jai), Sanjeev Kumar (Thakur), Amjad Khan (Gabbar), Hema Malini (Basanti), Jaya Bahaduri (Radha), Govardhan Asrani (Jailor), Helen, Sachin (Ahmed), Keshto Mukherjee (Hariram), Om Shivpuri, Mac Mohan (Sambha), Jagdeep (Soorma Bhopali) and many more.
  2. Stupendous writing (story and script) by the Salim-Javed pair (Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar).
  3. Tremendous music by Rahul Dev Burman.
  4. Superb direction by Ramesh Sippy.
Among intangible reasons for the movie's success is the daring and tragic move to allow the co-leading character, Jai, to perish -- thereby causing Radha to be widowed a second time around.

Furthermore, I've taken great pains to list below some of the most memorable utterances from the film. Enjoy! (There's an implied trivia challenge, of course: to recall which of the film's characters utters these memorable utterances.)
  • do rupay mein kya jungle khareedney nikley they
  • hamaari itni badliyon ke baad bhi hum nahin badley
  • to yeh hai surang bananey ka auzaar
  • aadhey idhar jaao, aadhey udhar jaao, aur baaki hamaarey saath aao
  • hamaara naam bhi surmaa bhopaali aisey hi nahin hai
  • din bhar bethey rehtey ho, aur pachis jhuth hamsey bulwaatey ho
  • to puchogey ki taanga kis gaaon ka hai
  • tumhaara naam kyaa hai basanti
  • agar ghoda ghaas se dosti kar ley to khayega kya
  • agar raat ko jaagna hai to abhi so leyn
  • babuji ki jhuti ummeeden to tootengi, jo unho ne tum logon se lagaa rakhi hain
  • hamey befazool baateyn karney ki aadat to hai nahin
  • aakheyn band kar key kya aam dikhaayi detaa hai kya
  • yun ki hum seekh to rahey they goli chalaana, lekin ab hamey daal mein kuchh kala lag rahaa hai
  • maalik key bachey, hamaarey liye yeh aadhi muthi jawar laaya hai
  • gabbar se keh dena, raamgadh waalon ne paagal kutton key saamney roti daalna band kar diya hai
  • kya samajh ke aaye they, ke sardar bahut khus hoga, sabasi dega kyon
  • so jaa nahin to gabbar singh aa jaayega
  • chey goli aur aadmi teen, bahut beinsaafi hai yeh
  • is pistol meyn teen jindagi teen maut band hain
  • tera kya hoga kaalia
  • sardar mainey aap ka namak khayaa hai; to ley ab goli khaa
  • jo dar gaya, samjho mar gaya
  • achaa, to yeh hai thakur ka fauji
  • main to ab kabar mein pao latkaye baithaa hun
  • jab daaru utreygi to yeh bhi utar ayega
  • bidhiya going jail and chakki pissing, and pissing, and pissing
  • jab jab kisi zalim ne hamlaa kiya hai ganga kasam ham kissanon ne apni daratiyan pighlaa kar talwaren banai hain
  • jantey ho duniya ka sabse bada bojh kya hota hai, baap ke kadhey par betey kaa janazaa
  • izzat ki maut zillat ki zindagi se kahin achchi hai
  • aaj puchunga khuda se, mujhe do char betey aur kyon nahin diye is gaon pe shahid honey ke liye
  • sab logon par rang daltey hain, aur hum logon ko rang mein daltey hain
  • jab haath ki mehndi ka rang aasuon se dhul jayey to kaun rang bacheyga duniya mein
  • samaaj aur biradari insaan ko akeleypan se bachaney ke liyey baney hain, insaan ko akela rakhney ke liyey nahin
  • buraayi ne bandook chalana sikha di thi, neki hal chalana sikha de gi
  • agar kisi ne hilney ki koshish ki to bhoon ke rakh doonga
  • saap ko haath se nahin pairon se kuchla jaata hai
  • tere liye to mere pair hi kaafi hain