Sholay (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes


Sholay (1975)



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In this Indian action/adventure, Thakur (Sanjeev Kumar) has hired two small-time criminals to do some dirty work for him that he cannot get the police to do. He is a retired police inspector and seeks revenge on a bandit and his gang for mutilating him, murdering his family, and terrorizing the poor of his region. Veeru and Jai are agreeable, and soon the gangleader, Gabbar, and his henchmen have reason to regret their previous behavior.

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Sanjeev Kumar
as Thakur Baldev Singh
Amjad Khan
as Gabbar Singh
Hema Malini
as Basanti
A.K. Hangal
as Imaam Saheb
Mac Mohan
as Sambha
as Ahmed
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Critic Reviews for Sholay

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

Sholay delivers the goods, all right. It has, quite literally, everything -- action, adventure, romance, drama, comedy (very broad), musical numbers -- all superbly directed by young Ramesh Sippy.

February 17, 2021 | Full Review…

Sholay is a grand, maximalist revel. It's the kind of movie that, while it may pass into the status of so many older movies more talked about than seen, it became that thing by being great.

October 20, 2017 | Full Review…

You can divide Hindi cinema into two eras, pre-and-post Sholay. It is a landmark. They don't make 'em like this anymore.

October 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The plot is formulaic, the camerawork is slapdash, the male bonding borders on camp.

October 20, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a movie that you can watch again and again, and hardcore Bollywood fans do. But even if you just watch Sholay once, you won't be disappointed.

April 18, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A massively enjoyable movie, boasting a who's who of Indian legends.

February 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sholay

One of the greatest and unforgetable Bollywood Classics. R.I.P Amjad Uncle.

Jab bache rote hain to maa kehti he soja warna Gabbar Singh ajayega.
saab mene aap ka namak khaya he Ab Gholi Kha
TRIVIA:: This film was directly inspired by the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, by Akira Kurosawa's Shichinin no samurai, Bandidos (1967) among others. Some critics at the time even began calling it a curry western. Amitabh Bachchan was almost killed at the end of the movie when a stray bullet from 'Dharmendra' missed him by inches.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

My first Bollywood film. It's pretty badass, a little indulgent at 3+ hours, but that's par for the course with these films. A curry western with heavy American influences has a little bit of everything. Suspense, Slapstick, Romance, Singing and Violent Bloodshed India's first 70mm film.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


This film is long. I think that if it would have been shorter I would have enjoyied it more.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

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