The characterisation and the depiction of these characters by the legendary actors and actresses is so good. The line up of artistes in this film is very impressive:
- Sanjeev Kumar as the tough police officer - Thakur Saab
- Dharmendra as the enthusiastic Veeru
- Amitabh Bachan as the quiet and composed Jay
- Jaya Bachan as the quiet Bhahu Raani of Sanjeev Kumar
- Hemamalini as the talkative Basanthi
- Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh
- Satyan Kapoor as the loyal servant of Sanjiv Kumar
- A.K.Hangal as the Muslim Priest
- Jagdeep as the Timber Merchant - Soorma Bhopali
- Asrani as the Jailer Saab
- Kestoo Mukherjee as the informer
- Ifthikar as the father of Jaya Bhaduri
Each has a very clearly defined role and every single character stands out and stays in memory. I would reckon this as one of the best made films in Indian Cinema and should get rated as one of the best films ever made.
In such a short role Asrani provides so much of laughter with his walk, dialogue and style.
How can we forget Soorma Bhopali character:
Sanjeev Kumar has done a fabulous job in the role of Thakur and he has always been a very good actor. Amjad Khan made a dream debut with his role as Ghabbar Singh:
While the actors like Sanjeev Kumar, Hemamalini, Amjad Khan and Asrani stood out as unforgettable performances, we also had a treat of so many good songs by legendary Music Director R.D.Burman.
Mehbooba Mehbooba (helen's dance)
Koyi Hasina Jab (one of the best fast songs)
Aa Jab Thak he jaan (superb dance by Hemamalini)
The song sequences are captured very well and the music is so fresh even now. Sholay will remain a hot favourite film for several years to come. It is a perfectly blended masala film which will remain a hit for ever.
3rd March 2014