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#Question# What are some unknown facts about Sholay Movie Released in 1975?


We grew up admiring the Movie Sholay. People often talk about some strange facts about the movie. I am eager to know what are some unknown facts about Sholay Movie Released in 1975.

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Sholay Unheard Facts

  • Sholay did not do good business in its first weeks of the release of the film. Director of the film Ramesh Sippy and writer duo were thinking to reshoot some portions of the film such as Jai does not die in the movie but film started pickup in business and became super duper hit. 
  • Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra were not initial choice for Jai and Veeru character. 
  • Sholay was the debut movie of Amjad khan, the actor who played Gabbar Singh.
  • Salim khan and Javed Akhtar had wrote four line of story and narrated couple of producers who dumped the idea immediate but G P Sippy (Father of Ramesh Sippy) agreed to produce a film on the same story line.
  • Initially, Thakur's character was a retired military officer, Jai and Veeru were also retired military men but Ramesh Sippy (Director of Sholay) was worried for permissions, and arrangement for military camp setup which would have raised the budget of the movie. So Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar changed Thakur's character a retired police cop and jai and veeru ex convicts. 
  • Sholay was re-released multiple times through out the country and over seas as well because of its reputation and demand. 
  • There were plenty violence scenes which Indian censor board ordered to remove. But later on uncut version was also released. 
  • Sholay is the first movie which was released with two versions of ending. The first version has thakur kills gabbar singh. The second version, thakur is stopped by cops from killing Gabbar singh. 
  • The initial choice for Gabbar Singh was Danny Denzongpa but due to date issue he dropped the proposal. 

Box Office Collection of Hindi Bollywood Blockbuster Movie Sholay released in 1975 was the first movie to generate revenue Rs 10 Crores INR at the Box Office. Soon, it crossed Rs 15 Crores INR and broke all the existing records on the box office. Have you ever wondered what was the box office collection of the superhit blockbuster Hindi cinema "Sholay"! The first Hindi Bollywood Movie which crossed the Rs 1 crore milestone was "Kismet" released in 1943. And the first film to cross Rs 5 Crores business at the box office is "Mughal-E-Ajam" released in 1960. And Sholay was the first movie to earn Rs 10 Crores at the Box Office and also, it crossed Rs 15 crore box office collection and broke all the existing records.

Sholay Movie Poster

Sholay is an exceptional superhit Hindi film which not only broke all the existing commercial cinema records but also created new records. This film deals with the theme of revenge. Thakur, a retired police cop, hires two thugs Jai and Veeru to take revenge from badly reputed outlaw dacoit "Gabbar Singh". In 2002, British Film Institute conducted poll for 'Top 10 Indian Films' of all time, and Sholay was ranked first. And also the judges of 50th Filmfare Awards named it the Best of Film of 50 Years.

Sholay Box Office Collection

According to Box Office of India, During its first run "Sholay" had earned nearly about Rs 15,00,00,000 /- INR (Rs 15 Crores or Rs 150 Million) in India. But with further re-releases, during late 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s the movie had total gross revenue in India was Rs 35,00,00,000 /- INR (Rs 35 crores or Rs 350 Million).

(Sholay Total collection: Rs 35 Crores)

Box Office India estimated the total amount of tickets were sold 10,00,00,000. The film was also released in Soviet Union in 1979. The film was also released in China in 1988.

None of the Bollywood movie made close to Rs 10 Crore Box Office collection for next six years of Sholay release. Kranti film directed by Manoj kumar and released in 1981 made Rs 10 crore at the box office. Sholay remained at its top position at the box office for 19 years until Hum Apke Hain Kaun released in 1994.

Initially, this movie was declared a commercial disaster. But gradually when viewers of the movie spoke about this, it picked the growth and sales of tickets. Sholay ran for five and half year 286 weeks at the Minerva theatre in Mumbai.

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Srikant Kumar Says:

Thanks for the detailed answer