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Sholay completes 41 years: 5 reasons why it isn't just a film, but an undying part of Indian pop culture

Vineeta Kumar | Updated on: 15 August 2016, 18:17 IST

It has been 41 years since filmmaker Ramesh Sippy's directorial Sholay got released. However, the film is not just a film now. It has become a part of Indian culture.

Here are the five things that justify this. Have a look:

  • Dialogues - The film's iconic dialogues are part of day-to-day conversations. "So ja nahi toh Gabbar a jayga", "Basanti in kutto ke samne mat nachna", "Arey oh Sambha kitne aadmi the", "Hum angrezon ke zamane ke jailor hai". Just how many times have you heard these?
  • Scenes - The film's scenes have become cult classics with many of them being repeatedly used in other films. Whether it is the scene where Gabbar is walking on hill asking "kitne aadmi the" or Veeru tied in Gabbar's den commanding "Basanti in kutto ke samne mat nachna", most of the scenes have made grounds for spoofs in films like Ready, and of late, Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
  • Best friends - Jai and Veeru: If there are two male best friends, they are simply referred to as 'Jai and Veeru ki jodi'.

  • Characters references - Sholay is one film whose characters' name has become titles of many other films and songs. Dhanno has been used in a song, Gabbar as a film's title.
  • Songs - The songs of the film are synonyms with certain events. Say Holi and you get to hear 'Holi ke din dil khil jate hai...', say friendship and you get to hear 'Ye dosti hum nahi todege'.

First published: 15 August 2016, 18:17 IST
 
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Vineeta brings Bollywood fun and intricate showbiz details to Catch/Speed News. She has worked with IndiaTV, Zee News, and is here to provide Catch readers with the best of 'quality entertainment'. A Delhi girl, Vineeta pursued BMMMC from I P College for Women, Delhi University, and craves to know more all the time. When she is not indulging in a serious cinematic discussion over a film she just watched, Vineeta is either reading a fantasy book or polishing her artistic skills.

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