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India's Independence Day and 40 Years of SHOLAY: 5 lessons from the iconic film



August 14, 2015 1:28:25 PM IST
By Nalin Rai, Glamsham Editorial
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On the 68th Independence Day a monumental achievement would be made in the world of Hindi cinema as SHOLAY, the iconic film would complete its 40th year of release. There could not be a better endorsement for the cult status that SHOLAY has acquired than what Ramesh Sippy reminisced about last night while soaking in the occasion. He informed in a television programme that he got a call from a cinema hall from Worli to inform him that his food and beverage counter had been orphaned since the time SHOLAY was being displayed in his cinema hall. This underlined the riveting effect SHOLAY had on the audience that people did not want to leave the cinema hall. One need to remember that during those times as soon as songs started playing people would scamper out to have a quick smoke and come back. Not with SHOLAY however, and on this occasion one needs to rewind the steps to see what life lessons SHOLAY continues to offer.

But before proceeding to those lessons, one also needs to underline the fact that SHOLAY was released during the emergency and it was a celebration of the subaltern, the common man so to say, to rise against the tyrant leveraging on the meager resources at disposal and emerge victorious. Before SHOLAY, there never was such an epic celebration about the indomitable spirit of the common man and this could be the reason why generations after generations continue to be inspired from SHOLAY. 

SHOLAY
SHOLAY

1.First real film which was ode to friendship

There have been films made on friendship, before SHOLAY and after SHOLAY as well, but the amazing bond that was displayed through the characters played by Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra, in particular Big B by choosing a coin that had only one head on both its sides, underlined the subtle message to honor the friendship. It also forcefully becomes manifest in the penultimate scene where Sanjeev Kumar, reminds Dharmendra that it was his late friend who had given a commitment, and Dharmendra's character reluctantly honors the commitment.


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