Sholay (1975) - Action, Adventure, Comedy

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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.

IMDB: 8.2
Director: Ramesh Sippy
Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra
Length: 162 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 11 out of 145 found boring (7.58%)

One-line Reviews (55)

Be it Jai and Veeru's first tonga ride with Basanti, Gabbar's reprimand when his cronies return empty-handed from the village, the Holi massacre and the subsequent scene with Thakur and Gabbar, the train shootout, or the climax.

Special mention must also be made of Dwarka Divecha for his riveting camera-work (especially in the train sequence which in itself is a highlight), the foreign fight-masters and choreographer P.

The action is breathtaking when the bandits are beaten of the steam train there bodies hitting the ground like a sack of potatoes and the horses tumbling head first over heels are all profesionaly executed.

Boring and disappointment .

However, to compare this montage of confused and confusing images with its muddle of traditional and western images to Sergio Leone's dark films is way off the mark.

I just watched it now and find it very boring.

To value this movie I made my own version by cutting out 70 minutes of unnecessary side and back stories which makes this movie tedious and boring.

The main leads are charismatic and compelling.

The best masala films are spirited, engaging, and make 3 hour+ runtimes feel insignificant.

The film is very entertaining, Salim-Javed did a great job with the film.

Its interesting though that this guy, whose knowledge of countries beyond the North American continent seems next only to George Bush Jr's spent 3 hours of his time watching a movie from India.

These frequent diversions also slow down the main action and prevent it from developing smoothly and coherently.

High production values (even for the '70s), a great buddy story, a smooth villain, exciting stunts, amazing camera work, and the musical numbers are very entertaining even without the subtitles.

It has the good, as in respectable cinematography, mostly interesting dialogue, entertaining action, and the occasional laugh.

The music captures you from the first song to the last, the action is breathtaking, the romance subtle and in you face with the two love stories respectively.

Sholay is three hours of total misunderstanding of Western movie culture.

The comic timing of the characters is excellent, Dharamendra is brilliant, Amitabh is wonderfully moody, Hema is stunning and Amjad is the best baddie in any film ever!

The film is very long and some aspects are obviously copied from Sergio Leone's westerns.

At first, picking out details is an enjoyable hunt for Easter eggs, the familiar sandwiched between masala elements.

Sanjeev Kumar gives a mind blowing performance as the handicapped thakur, a retired police inspector who is crippled by Gabbar, for sending him to jail.

Unmissable, unforgettable and enjoyable.

The drama and suspense has you sitting on the edge of your seat and I defy anybody not to have a tear in the eye when Jai is close to death and the slow version of dhosti is played over the scene.

Suddenly there is an unbearable amount of pressure on scenes that are just supposed to be fun, even camp.

A very enjoyable movie .

I would definetly recommend this film, as it is a cornerstone of early Hindi blockbusters, and definetly worth watching.

The plot line engaging.

Worth watching.

It's an entertaining movie, providing wholesome entertainment through the activities of the characters who may not be found in this world.

Slow movie combined with horrible acting and extremely stupid story line, not to mention the absolutely meaningless song and dance scenes pasted into this chaotic collage of scenes.

The over-the-top nature of the picturization alongwith comic and witty dialogues (and their memorable delivery) is something which makes this entertaining movie nor only more entertaining but also an unforgettable experience for the viewer.

Simply stupid and a big waste of time.

But certainly ever minute of the movie is enjoyable.

It's an ageless entertainer made from all bollywoodish ingredients; Songs, dance, melodrama, dialogs etc. But make no mistake, there is undeniably excellent storytelling, well developed characters, an engaging emotional script with ample scope of ruthless action, sincere performances by all lead actors, first rate background score and technically apt direction.

Yet it remains enjoyable from start to end.

The love story of the serious Jay and silent Radha is as intense as the love story of flamboyant Veeru and the chatterbox Basanti.

The good points are that it looks good and the dialogues are snappy.

A movie worth watching 100 times with some great stuff music from RD.

Very enjoyable.

There's quite a bit of action, some of which is rather bad (the 'oh, you hit me - I should fall over now then' school of stuntmen), but some of which is quite thrilling.

It's funny, sad, romantic, and very ACTION PACKED!

Burman's evocative background score, which help elevate the film even further.

Entertaining, but flawed and far too long .

It has an engaging and nice plot with a bit of suspense , romance , comedy , plenty of action , brilliant music , superb acting and some moral lessons(SOME).

Imitation can be creative, enjoyable, and flattering, in Sholay it can be excruciating.

The acting throughout is comical and unsubtle, the action scenes laughable and poorly executed, and the screenplay disjointed and confusing, especially all the ridiculous back stories that keep disrupting the meager narrative flow.

The ever fear introduction of Gabbar Singh with the thrilling back ground music are the best entry of a villain ever seen of any Hindi movie.

Udaan is a very strong movie, and Sholay is also very enjoyable.

The Greatest Entertaining Film of Highest Quality .

Mention must be made of Dwarka Diwecha's stunning camera-work and R.

Two separate love stories made the scenes in between the action feel very dragged out.

His propaganda briefly encourages the locals to rise against their lord.

But all said and done a great movie and as they say it in Hindi "Paisa Vasool".. certainly worth watching at least once.

Overall, it is well worth watching and it may be considered to be a "The Good, Bad and The Ugly" of the east.

On top of that, the picture drones on for over three hours, with not much going on that couldn't have been reduced to a more comfortable two hour or so run time.

Truly Breathtaking, a Timeless piece of film making.