A remake starring Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal, and Ajay Devgan is expected to be released in May 2007.
Sanjeev Kumar wanted to play Gabbar Singh, but the producers insisted that he play the police officer.
Dharmendra was interested in playing Gabbar Singh, but changed his mind when Ramesh Sippy told him Basanti was to be played by Hema Malini.
The director’s original choice for Jaidev too was different. Shatrughan Sinha was almost signed, when Amitabh convinced the producers that he would be the right choice.
The producers wanted Danny Denzongpa to play the bandit chief, but he was committed to Feroz Khan’s “Dharmatma”. Amjad Khan was a second choice.
The scene in which Thakur’s family is killed was cut by the censor board; the murder of a small child was deemed too horrific to show.
The film sparked two real life romances. Amitabh married Jaya Bhaduri, who played the widowed daughter-in-law, in 1973, during the filming. Dharmendra married Hema Malini in 1980, five years after the release of the film.
Amjad Khan prepared to play a bandit chief by reading a book titled Abhishapth Chambal, which told of the exploits of Chambal dacoits. The book was written by Taroon Bhaduri, who happened to be the father of Jaya Bhaduri.
The screenwriters, Salim-Javed, named Veeru and Jai after a couple of Salim’s college friends.
According to some sources Sholay has always been the number one grossing film of all time, in the Indian film industry. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun is ranked fourth followed by Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Mughal E Azam and Mother India are second and third respectively.
From September 1st through the 5th, 2006, the Walter Reade Theater of New York City’s Lincoln Center, held screenings of “Sholay.” The film is said to be one of the favorite’s of the Theater’s program director, Richard Peña.
Here is my favorite scene from sholay: