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147 Ratings


शोले | Sholay

Directed by Ramesh Sippy
India, 1975
Drama, Action, Romance


Jai and Veeru, two ex-convicts, are hired by Thakur Baldev Singh, a retired policeman, to help him bring in alive Gabbar Singh, a notorious dacoit, who has spread havoc in the village of Ramgarh.

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Critics reviews

Unfolding like a musical variation on Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West, the film’s pronounced style never gets in the way of its surprisingly dark story; it’s fun without being tongue-in-cheek. The musical sequences often work as a counterweight to the brutality of the story itself — they speak of happiness and togetherness and fun in the midst of a stark, violent world.
October 28, 2015
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So attenuated it starts to feel like Sippy made a bet that he could spin this material out to three and a half hours. Lame comedy, indifferently-shot action and a climax rife with bold strokes that just end up looking cheesy – yet the fact that everything takes three times as long as it should does impose a relaxing rhythm, and there’s something bracing about the indiscriminate pillaging of Western models, presumably unfamiliar to most Indian audiences of the 70s.
February 01, 2013
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