Sholay (1975) – A Complete Analysis


Today’s post is Sholay (1975) – A Complete Analysis, Sholay (1975) is the story of a pair of petty thieves, who are good friends and are invited by an ex-police officer to catch a dacoit. How the pair go about it involves the rest of the plot.

Sholay (1975) – A Complete Analysis

  1. Part of the plot is a takeoff from the American wild west classics.
  2. During the 1970s-1980s, the essential part of the plot had to be the rape of a sister, a mother going insane or a family being wiped out by the villain. The plot of this movie involves the last of the above 3.
  3. Basanti (Hema Malini) is a very talkative and, at the same time, naïve commercial horse-cart driver. If I say I liked Hema Malini’s acting, it won’t be just because she is my aunty. But, the character is a little unbelievable because people at that social level are street-smart individuals.
  4. The Basanti-Veeru (Dharmendra) side-plot has been written from the man’s point-of-view. Veeru is a flirt and a completely unreliable person. Basanti getting hitched to such a man is again unbelievable.
  5. The writers could have given some more boost to Basanti’s character. The movie is long but focusing on the main male characters, only.
  6. While Basanti-Veeru pair unites at the end, the Jay-Radha pair (played by Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri) breaks due to the death of Jay. I don’t understand why this sacrifice is needed. Jay, trying to rescue Basanti and Veeru during the climax, alone; is nothing less than suicide. Capturing a strong dacoit gang is not the job of 2 people alone. Thakur (Sanjeev Kumar) and the pair of Jay-Veeru could have motivated the entire village to get involved in the fight against Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan). Thus, during the climax, the entire village could have attacked the dacoits to capture them.
  7. Everybody wanted to make a Sholay! There have been Sholay clones around for quite some time. The other plots also definitely involved a death. One example is Babban (Chunky Pandey) in Tezaab (1988).
  8. Stellar performances by the actors have given a cult status to the movie.
  9. The lyrics by Anand Bakshi and music by R D Burman are actually good. But, given the fact that the movie is long, there could have been a couple of more songs.
  10. I loved the song Yeh dosti… the most. Like I have emphasized before, people should like more such songs. At the same time, friendship songs for girls should also be written.

Sholay (1975) songs

Yeh dosti…

Holi ke din…

Mehmooba Mehbooba…

Koi haseena jab rooth jati hai…

Haan jab tak hai jaan…

Yeh dosti (sad version)


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