Sholay Revisited – Original Ending

Here’s a treat for all movie lovers and passionate followers of the classic bollywood film SHOLAY. As we all know Sholay is one of the most watched and loved Bollywood film ever. The film had Thakur played by Sanjeev Kumar hiring noted criminals Jai and Veeru, played by Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra,to capture Dacoit Gabbar Singh played by Amjad Khan.

In the original film ending Gabbar Singh is about to be killed by Thakur when the Police intervenes and captures Gabbar Singh, however this wasnt the original ending of the film. The original ending had Thakur killing Gabbar Singh, but the ending was toned down and altered due to the intervention of the Censor Board, who felt that in time of Political Emergency (which was there at time of release of the film), the ending in which villain is killed by the hero would be too harsh and thus the ending was altered by the director Ramesh Sippy.

But, here is the original ending as it was meant to be. You see and decide whether this one should have been there or not.

Good Song in Bad Film – Jab Chaha Yaara Tumne

Another nice song I cam across was ‘Jab Chaha Yaara Tumne’ from the film Zabardast starring Sunny Deol, Jaya Prada, Rajeev ( Chmpu) Kapoor and Rati Agnihotri.  The film directed by Nasir Hussain also starred Sanjeev Kumar and featured a forgettable lost and found revenge saga. The song is a delightful number by  R. D. Burman sung by Kishore Kumar.

The picturization is as lame as it can get in a 1980s film with Rajeev Kapoor trying to woo Rati Agnihotri in middle of nowhere with Sunny Deol and Jaya Prada, the other couple watching and guiding them. Rajeev Kapoor has to be the worst Kapoor family dancer and thankfully Sunny Deol doesnt dance in the song. The song is a delightful little gem though.

I had easily forgotten the song since the film released in 1985, but the song came back in limelight thanks mainly to the reality show Big Boss Season 1 and its star Ravi Kissen, who kept singing this song in the show. I am thankful to him for reminding me such a lost gem.

Little Known Actors and Characters of Sholay

Sholay as we all know is the biggest blockbuster Hindi cinema has ever seen. Released in 1975, the movie created box office history and its actors and characters are well known even today. Characters like Thakur, Gabbar, Jai, Veeru, Basanti, Kaalia, Sambha, Soorma Bhopali, Jailor etc. are household names and a stand up artist is considered incomplete unless he has some of these characters in his acts.

Sholay has affected the lives of every Hindi cine-goer and the actors and characters are popular even today

But apart from these mega characters, there were quite a few lesser characters made immortal by character actors and junior artists. These actors and characters were small yet so overpowering that it was very difficult for most of these artists to come out of their ‘Sholay’ character in films they did later. Some of them still continue to play their respective  characters even today, 35 years after the film release.

A. K. Hangal played the character of Blind Imaamsaheb who loses his son Ahmed played by Sachin. A.K. Hangal has repeated his Imaamsaheb act in several other films after Sholay and almost copyrighted the blind-father act in Hindi Cinema. Keshto Mukherjee, Asrani and Jagdeep played Hariram Nai, Jailor and Soorma Bhopali respectively and they went on to repeat their acts in many of the film later to come.

Satyen Kappu played Raamlal , helper to Thakur, assisiting Thakur in virtually everything he does. ( Numerous jokes on that – not to be printed) . Mcmohan’s Sambha act and Viju Khote’s Kaalia act still haunts them in almost all of their subsequent films. Leela Mishra played the perfect Mausiji and repeated her loving chachi, mami, bua, maa act in films to come. Jalal Agha danced and played banjo in the most famous son of the film and was known more for that than any of his innumerable films to follow.

Little know artist Mushtaq Merchant was the luckiest actor of all, he got to do 2 different roles in the film. First as the train driver and then as the Parsibawa whose Bike the Jai-Veeru duo steal. Mushtaq went onto play many such insignificant characters in almost all his films and repeated the parsibawa act quite a few times. Small time comedian Birbal played role of a prisoner with half cut moustache. Even he repeaed this half moustache act in many of the films to come.

Apart from the above there were many small characters in the film made memorable by small time actors and character artists. I still remember Om Shivpuri playing the Policeman, Helen as the Gypsy Dancer, the actor playing the arms supplier Heera, Iftekhar playing Jaya Bhaduri’s dad and many more.