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Directed by Ramesh Sippy

India 1975 204 mins.

Often credited as the most popular film in the history of India and perhaps the one with the greatest impact on the India’s pop culture, Sholay’s stunning scenes have retained iconic status. Legendary stars Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan—here at the height of his “angry young man” persona—are charismatic outlaws recruited by a former policeman to help bring down a ruthless bandit. With nods to the Spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, Sholay is considered one of the great examples of the genre mixing masala film, here blending romance, action, buddy film, slapstick comedy and melodrama into one dizzyingly entertaining spectacle. “There are many ways to achieve greatness and the way here is with heroism, villainy, redemption, revenge, true love, and as many stars as there are in the sky.”—Rogerebert.com.

Rights and DCP provided by Sippy Films.

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