Film: Sholay 3D

Cast: Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan

Director: Ramesh Sippy

Story line: The 3D version of the iconic movie, Sholay revolves around Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jai (Amitabh Bachchan), hired by a retired police officer Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar) to capture the ruthless dacoit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan).

In the Thakur's rural village, the duo finds romance and seeks to free the village from Gabbar and his followers. Veeru is attracted to Basanti (Hema Malini), a feisty, talkative young woman and Jai is drawn to Radha (Jaya Bhaduri), Thakur's reclusive, widowed daughter-in-law.

Skirmishes between Gabbar's gang and Jai-Veeru finally result in the capture of Veeru and Basanti by the dacoits. In the fight, Jai dies. Enraged, Veeru nearly beats Gabbar to death when Thakur reminds Veeru to handover Gabbar alive. Thakur then severely injure Gabbar and destroy his hands.

Movie Review: Nobody would have imagined that the much-talked about film of late 1970s would get re-released after 39 years, aided by new technology and in 3D format.

Sholay with its glittery star cast, excellently choreographed action sequences, punchy dialogues, super-hit music is one of the biggest blockbusters of its time. The movie ran successfully for consecutive five years in Mumbai's Minerva cinema.

This cult film, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra, really does not need any review. Even without the new technology added to it, the film holds a special place in the hearts of cine buffs. But the addition of new technology really enhances the viewing pleasure of this film. Watching the film with a black, plastic ‘chashma’ adds an extra dash of enjoyment.

The 3D experience heightens the pleasure of the action sequences further. Be it the ‘Holi fight’ sequence, chasing sequence of Basanti's ‘tanga’ by the dacoits or the droll-worthy dance sequences of Hema Malini are exhilarating to watch in 3D. Besides the 3D conversion, the producers have also tried to do something new with the background music and the movie’s original songs.

Their endeavour of pouring an old wine in a new bottle really deserves kudos. Though the content of the film is same, the newness in its presentation makes it a good watch.

Viewers who watch ‘Sholay 3D’ in theaters will get a firsthand experience of the sounds.

It is possible that audiances, who watched and admired Sholay earlier, might not like the new version of it. Sholay 3D may appear as unrealistic or unappealing to them.

Whatever flaws it has, one must admit that it is a great endeavour to attract the young audiences to old cult movies. In spite of making sequels to any super hit old movies, producers should focus on their restoration. Revisiting a gem of a movie would be a best way to kick start your cinematic journey of 2014.


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