40 years back, Sholay was released on 15 August 1975, The Independence Day of India, first two week didn’t make good business on box office, but with mouth publicity from one to other people, Sholay created a history on box office. Sholay having record of 60 golden jubilee, more than 100 silver jubilee. It was shown continuously at Mumbai’s Minerva theatre for over five years. Sholay was the Indian film with the longest theatrical run until Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge broke its record of 286 weeks. Sholay is one of the highest grossing films in the history of Indian cinema. The earnings of Sholey were a record that remained unbroken for nineteen years. Sholay earned about ₹150 million in 1975. After release, Initial critical reviews of Sholay were negative, this was the region behind first two week poor collection.
Sholay made under direction of Ramesh Sippy, his father J.P Sippy produce the film. Writer by screen play writer due Salim Javed (Salim Khan & Javed Akhtar). The story inspired by Khote Sikkay in which Feroz Khan and Danny Denzongpa in the main cast. The story plotted in a small village Ramgarh, the retired policeman Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar). Thakur feels that the duo—Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jai (Amitabh Bachchan)—would be ideal to help him capture Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan). Thakur know about the ability of Jai and Veeru, because he once arrested them. Hema Malini played the role Basanti, Veeru fall in love with Basanti. Jaya Bahaduri played Radha, widow of Thakur’s Son. In comedy role Asrani and Jagdeep always remember their role in this movie. Asrani played the Jailor role, his look modelled after Charlie Chaplin. Jagdeep played Soorma Bhopali, a comical wood trader.
Art director Ram Yedekar created the set in the rocky terrain of Ramanagara, in the southern state of Karnataka, over a span of two and a half years. Sholay was released with a length of 198 minutes. In 1990, the original director’s cut of 204 minutes became available on home media. Sholay was the first Indian film to have a stereophonic soundtrack and to use the 70 mm widescreen format. That time only few screen of 70 mm in India. So, the film was shot on traditional 35 mm film and the 4:3 picture was subsequently converted to a 2.2:1 frame.
The dialogues of the movie still popular. Every character had a great dialog, Kitne Aadmi the, this is the entry dialog of Gabbar Singh, it became very popular. Apart from this dialog Gabber delivered many other dialogs. Etna sannata kyo hai bhai by A. K. Hangal, who played the role Rahim Chacha. Tumhara naam kya hai basanti by Jai. Chal Dhano, aaj Basanti ke ezzat ka sawal hai by Basanti. There are uncountable famous dialog in this movie.
R. D. Burman composed the film’s music, and the lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi. In 2012, Sholay re- released in 3D. After four decade, sholay’s dialogues is still the best dialogues Bollywood has ever written.