Movie – Sholay (1975)
Yeh dosti (sad version) appears in the hit 1975 action-adventure movie Sholay (Embers), directed by Ramesh Sippy and produced by G P Sippy under the banner of Sippy Films. The movie starred Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri.
Ramgarh is a small village and the retired policeman Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar) lives there. The Thakur is looking for the pair of petty thieves, Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) – criminals with hearts of gold.
Soon, the Thakur meets the 2 thieves and hires them to help him capture Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan), a dacoit. They are told to reach Ramgarh. At Ramgarh, Veeru falls in love with the village belle Basanti (Hema Malini). Dacoit Gabbar Singh’s terror reigns in the place. He, soon, attacks the village during Holi.
During the attack, seeing Thakur not participating in the fight; Veeru and Jai question his behavior. That is the time, Thakur reveals some flashback. Thakur had arrested Gabbar Singh. But, the dacoit had escaped from prison and killed most of Thakur’s family. When Thakur goes to confront the dacoit, the heartless man severs the policeman’s arms. Coming back to the present, Thakur offers the petty thieves more money to capture Gabbar Singh. Having understood the Thakur’s predicament, Jai, the better of the 2 thieves, returns the extra money.
Thakur receives the message that a group of gypsies had put up camp nearby and Gabbar Singh was expected to be there that night for some entertainment. The gypsies were also the suppliers of arms to the dacoit. Thakur commands the pair of thieves to begin their work immediately.
Jay falls in love with Thakur’s daughter-in-law Radha (Jaya Bhaduri) and their marriage is also planned after the successful culmination of their mission. Simultaneously, Veeru is wooing Basanti in his own style and she accepts his love. They begin dating and their marriage is also finalized. One day, Veeru is late for his date and Basanti gets trapped by Gabbar Singh’s dacoits. Veeru catches up with them, which makes Gabbar Singh realize that Veeru and Basanti are in a romantic relationship. Gabbar Singh already knows that Veeru is one of the 2 men who had been recruited by the Thakur to capture him. Jay comes to the rescue of the captured and tells Veeru to take Basanti safely home. In the meantime, Jay distracts the dacoits, soon taking one of the enemy bullets when he runs out of ammunition. By the time Veeru returns to his friend, Jay is about to die. This song is heard in the background at this time.
Song – Yeh dosti (sad version)
The music for Yeh dosti (sad version) was composed by R D Burman and the lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi.
The song goes, “What have you done? You have become disloyal (to me) by breaking the promise we had made (to each other).”
Video – Yeh dosti (sad version)
Cinematography is by Dwarka Divecha. The operative cameraman is S M Anwar.
The video opens with a grieving Jaya Bhaduri embracing Sanjeev Kumar and he comforting her. Dharmendra is grieving beside Amitabh Bachchan’s limp body. The villagers also mourn the death of one of the people, who had come to rescue them from the clutches of the dacoits. The song peters out and the video also ends there.
Yeh dosti (sad version) has been sung by Kishore Kumar. Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Sanjeev Kumar and others are also seen in the video.
There is no cultural influence on this typically filmi sad song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.