Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Four new Sholay remakes:$100 million agreement between the Sippy's and Pritish Nandy Communications

The Sippy's will be paid $100 million for remaking their 1975 cult classic, you know it - Sholay. 

Even as Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag releases in India on August 31, 2007, the Sippy's have reached an agreement with Pritish Nandy Communications to make:

A remake.
A animated version of the 1975 film.
A prequel.
A sequel.

Sasha Sippy, the grandson of the 1975 film producer- G P Sippy, had earlier taken Ram Gopal Varma to court over the Varma remake releasing this Friday. He is also the chairman, Sholay Media and Entertainment (SME). 

SME has the authority and rights over Sholay. The production of the animated version will begin soon, while the remake production is expected to start by December 2007. The cast is yet to be decided upon.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

RGV names Sholay remake as RAM GOPAL VARMA KI AAG

Amitabh Bachchan in the Ram Gopal Varma remake

Ram Gopal Varma is eager to release his Sholay remake in August, probably on August 15, the same day that Sholay was released. Therefore he has finally forced himself to change the movie name to RAM GOPAL VARMA KI AAG (meaning-:fire) from the earlier Ram Gopal Varma ki Sholay.The only members from the earlier film are Amitabh Bachchan who plays Gabbar Singh's role and Sachin. Sachin who played Ahmed in the 1975 blockbuster plays Babban's younger brother.Amitabh's character name has been changed to Babban Singh for copyright reasons.

Friday, June 29, 2007


Everyone knows Sholay.

Released on August 15, 1975, Ramesh Sippy's Sholay remains the iconic Hindi movie of all time. "It's a part of India's heritage," says director Dharmesh Dharshan.

Legend has it that after hearing the script, Amitabh wanted to play Gabbar Singh and Dharmendra wanted Sanjeev's role; writers Sailm-Javed had a hard time convincing them to play their assigned parts.
Dharmendra recently mentioned in a rare NDTV interview that the stories about him giving up on the demand to play Thakur Baldev Singh because Sanjeev Kumar would have ended up playing his  love interest, Hema Malini's hero were made up. Dharmendra said that he had never expressed any intention to play Thakur.

For the first time, the music company Polydor sold dialogue audio cassettes of a movie in millions as the film gained cult status. They continue to sell till date. Gabbar's dialogues are now part of Indian culture. You can hear them anywhere in the country, children to elderly people will oblige you with their renditions. Gabbar's pronouncements can be heard them in jokes, weddings, gatherings; advertisements have wrung the movie lines dry. Satire, books, headlines, daily talk, all have allusions to Sholay's dialogues.

Amjad and Hema did this scene over several retakes, until Hema's arm was sore with bruises.

In Sholay (Original Cut), Thakur Baldev Singh uses his thorn shoes to maim Gabbar's hands. Two equals, they fight until Gabbar is killed, trampled like a snake under Thakur's feet. Thakur breaks down with relief. The censors did not want this 'anti- establishment' ending during the time of 1975 emergency, and stalled the film's release. Pushed to a corner, Ramesh Sippy had to re-shoot an alternate ending with the police arriving from nowhere, as we see it today. I have been fortunate enough to view the original cut, that includes another extended scene - Ahmed's Execution.

The iconic status of the film lives on with T-shirts and graphically designed posters, among other memorabilia. Ram Gopal Varma may may tried hard in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, his 2007 remake, but SHOLAY (1975) is forever.