In a recent interview to Harneet Singh for the Screen Magazine, actor Danny Denzongpa finally answered THE QUESTION that we Sholay fans always wanted to ask. Here's an excerpt from the interview.
Do you regret not doing Gabbar Singh's role in Sholay?
Not at all. It was a decision taken with an open mind. My dates were committed to Feroz Khan for Dharmatma. I made Ferozbhai and Ramesh Sippy sit down together to find a way but the dates were clashing. I gave priority to Feroz Bhai's film since I had committed to him first.
If I had done Sholay we would have missed a fantastic actor in Amjad Khan. Also, I benefitted the most from Sholay's success. Amjad increased his price after the film. I increased my price by ten times.