Watch: शोले 1975 123movies, Full Movie Online – Sholay means “embers” in Hindi. In this film, a police officer whose family was filled by a bandit named Gabbar Singh decides to fight fire with fire and requires two convicts, Jai and Veeru, to capture Gabbar. He approaches them in jail and puts the proposal in front of them, and they agree to bring in Gabbar Singh alive–for a hefty price. After their discharge from jail, they travel by train to the village where the police officer lives with his widowed daughter-in-law. The three band together to fight one of the most elusive and dreaded bandits of all time. Will the two ex-cons be able to bring Gabbar alive to the police officer?.
Plot: 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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A rare Hindi film of the times
I think Sholay is a great Hindi film of its times, although with the amount of praise and superlatives it has been getting throughout the years, I must admit it’s a little overrated. The film was indeed ahead of its time in many ways. First, the action was really good – there were some glitches here and there, but it was far more credible than what the times had set the public for. Secondly, the attention to detail, as expected from Ramesh Sippy, is first-rate. Sippy, a great director whose combination of professional, technically skilled direction, impressive storytelling, and the delicate yet honest depiction of his stories, produced several classic Hindi pictures. Sholay is a good product although sadly it mixes too many genres and is overlong for the story it tells. It could have easily edited out some parts. Given the extraordinary brutality of the villainous characters and the situations, as well as the marked contrast between the good and the evil, I think the comedic parts (except for those of Basanti) were grossly redundant, among others, as they dragged the narrative and undermined its consistency as well as the minimalist approach that was so successfully employed by Sippy in some key scenes.
Set in a rural, remote region in southern India, the film is beautifully shot, and Sippy manages to capture the essence of the village and its people. One wonderful scene shows the routine of the village and the different activities of its inhabitants in the morning, a rare glimpse into the cultural weight of the place, which few directors would bother to tap into. This is where our heroes and villains are thrown, in an interesting story which benefits from Sippy’s unique direction. The realism with which some of the situations are portrayed is striking, and it is matched by a careful handling of the proceedings in ways the Indian moviegoing public, which was used to being spoonfed by Hindi filmmakers, had not been accustomed to. Note for one the way the romance between Veeru and Radha is portrayed. Just watch the scene in which Jai is playing his harmonica as Radha is walking around and turning off the Kerosene lamps. Such subtlety is rarely seen in Hindi films. This is not to say that the film is devoid of any sentimentality. Still, the overall thing is really good – the film is both entertaining and then it is also quite moving and heartbreaking in some hard-hitting scenes, not to mention the famous, harrowing parts.
The film’s authenticity is achieved in large parts through the acting, particularly the grounded, authentic performances of the main characters. Sholay is in my view Sanjeev Kumar’s story as it is his character’s determination that carries the narrative forward. He is tremendous. Dharmendra plays the energetic and happy-go-lucky Veeru pretty well, but Bachchan is fantastic in a subdued, quiet performance as Jai. Hema Malini is wonderful as the iconic, highly talkative and kind-hearted village belle Basanti; her comic timing is top-notch, and her dance numbers are never less than fabulous. Out of the two couple, it is Jaya Bhaduri of course who can always be trusted to do so much by doing so little. Her quietly understated performance is one of the film’s assets, the other one being Amjad Khan’s phenomenal turn as one of the greatest screen villains of Hindi cinema. Sholay is greatly aided by the great background score which enhances some of the most difficult scenes and helps alleviate others. R. D. Burman’s soundtrack is as memorable as the film. Sholay is definitely a classic in many ways. It is not flawless, nor do I think it matters. In many ways it is a landmark film, and I’m sure non-Indians might enjoy it just as much.
A very enjoyable movie
I didn’t think much of Sholay till I actually saw it. I can understand why it’s so famous.
First of all…the acting! Ah! Just wonderful.
Dharmendra plays the hero, who is basically comical…even while he’s getting arrested. I mean, his jokes are just hilarious! And those funny faces he makes! I couldn’t stop laughing!
Then there’s his best friend, who is played by Amitabh. Though Amitabh is not as goofy as his friend, he is funny. He makes all sarcastic comments and you can see why he shot into superstardom with his performance.
Though I never thought Hema Malini was a good actress…trust me, in this movie she is sooooo funny. The girl just can’t stop talking! The scenes with Dharmendra and her are really funny.
Then of course there’s Jaya Bhaduri, who is more of the depressed type, and her and Amitabh fall in love just by sharing glances, it’s awfully cute. Her gloomy look is very effective.
Let’s not forget Sanjeev Kumar, a good strong performance. He makes a dark voice that really adds effect on his character. At first he seems heartless, but later you realize that he does really care.
The only performance that was not so good was Amjad Khan’s, though many liked it. His stupid accent was not very enjoyable and it seemed like he was trying to get bhojpuri into his dialect when he shouldn’t have been.
So there are cons in this movie…the violence is not very good. I mean, I enjoy fist fights, but there’s only one in this movie and the rest in like gun shots…which I think is boring. The music could’ve been much better. The only good songs are “Haan Jab Tak” and the other one that’s okay was “Holi Ke Din”. I think if Ramesh Sippy had taken someone like Laxmikant Pyarelal, the music would’ve been much much better.
The beginning is really funny, Asrani as the overacting jailor is hilarious. The movie is very touching at the end though, very sad I’ll have to say. Even though I’m telling you all the cons in the movie, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t watch it…because you should! After watching this movie Dharmendra and Amitabh have become my favorite actors. It’s a great movie, even though I have some stuff against it, because of the comedy and performances…I’ll have to give it a ten out of ten.
Original Language hi
Runtime 3 hr 24 min (204 min), 2 hr 42 min (162 min) (USA), 3 hr 24 min (204 min) (director’s cut), 4 hr 6 min (246 min) (rough cut)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy
Director Ramesh Sippy
Writer Javed Akhtar, Salim Khan
Actors Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan
Awards 5 wins & 4 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Mono (35 mm prints), Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1, 1.37 : 1 (original negative), 1.37 : 1 (shooting ratio), 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.35 : 1 (35 mm prints)
Laboratory Film Center, Mumbai, India (processed at) (as Filmcentre N/A)
Film Length 5,477.56 m (23 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 70 mm (blow-up)