They Don’t Make ‘em Like This Anymore

Sholay 3D

DIRECTOR: Ramesh Sippy

CAST: Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan, AK Hangal, Asrani, Jagdeep, Leela Mishra, Viju Khote, MacMohan

This is not a review. This is why I think Sholay, re-released in a 3D version, needs to be your go-to movie this weekend, no ifs, no buts. And that's because, Bharat desh ke vaasiyon, Sholay is the greatest Hindi masala entertainer ever made, 3D, 2D or no D.

For those who saw it back when it released ('75), it is a crackling refresh, and for those who have only seen re-runs on television, this is your chance to experience a genuine, panoramic wide screen, and how riveting a story and how memorable every single character can be. How songs and dances can add up, and how wonderful it is to anticipate the dialogues — oh those chart-busting dialogues packed into cassettes which sold briskly for years after — and mouth them along with the characters. Basically, why Sholay is everything that it is cracked up

to be.

I watched it yesterday in 3D, fully prepared to moan and groan about how it ruined the film for me. But nothing took away from my viewing; I even enjoyed a few of the 3D bells and whistles, despite the darkened screen. And of course I cheated, by whipping off those glasses every few minutes and catching it as it was meant to be.

Best friends and small-time thieves Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jai (Amitabh) rolling along in that ridiculous twin-seater scooter, the meeting with Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar) in the train, that opening fast-paced daku-chase scene, the paan-chewing Soorma Bhopali (Jagdeep), the "angrezon ke zamaane ka jailor" (Asrani), the rocky-outcropped picturesque gaon Ramgarh and its residents, the chatterbox taangewaali Basanti (Hema), the diminutive, sad-eyed Radha (Jaya), and the glowering, vengeful thakur.

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