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By Siddharth Singh . 16th August 2017 04:46pm

Sholay is without any doubt one of the best Indian films and is considered a classic till date. Not only India but the movie went on to impress the west as well. Sholay was ranked first in the British Film Institute's 2002 poll of "Top 10 Indian Films" of all time. Also, in 2005 judges of the 50th annual Filmfare Awards affirmed it to be the 'Best Film' in 50 Years. Therefore we bring you ten of the most astonishing facts about this directorial marvel. 1. Mac Mohan, the actor who played Sambha had to travel from Mumbai to Bengaluru not once or twice or thrice in fact 27 times just to complete the filming of his role. [caption id="attachment_19663" align="alignnone" width="500"]Mac Mohan Mac Mohan[/caption] 2. While filming the climax real bullets were used out of which a stray bullet is said to have nearly missed Amitabh Bachchan. [caption id="attachment_19664" align="alignnone" width="759"]Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan[/caption] 3. Even though Sholay is considered as the greatest blockbuster on Indian cinema the film managed to win a single Filmfare only and that too for its editing. [caption id="attachment_19665" align="alignnone" width="800"]M.S.Shinde M.S.Shinde, video editor of the film receiving the Filmfare award.[/caption] 4. Amitabh and Jaya got married 4 months prior to the beginning of the shoot for the film. In fact, Jaya was pregnant with her first child, Shweta while filming the movie. [caption id="attachment_19668" align="alignnone" width="500"]Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan A wedding image of the couple[/caption] 5. It took 40 retakes to finalize the most memorable scene from the film, featuring 'Kitne Aadmi The" [caption id="attachment_19671" align="alignnone" width="640"]Sholay A screenshot from "kitne admi thay"[/caption] 6. Sholay ran for five uninterrupted years in a row at Mumbai's Minerva Theatre. [caption id="attachment_19674" align="alignnone" width="624"]Sholay poster Poster of the film[/caption] 7. Did you know? it was Sharman Joshi’s father who starred as one of Sanjeev Kumar’s sons in the film. [caption id="attachment_19678" align="alignnone" width="670"]Sharman Joshi with his father, Gujarati theatre artiste, Arvind Joshi Sharman Joshi with his father, Gujarati theatre artiste, Arvind Joshi {image credits: Mid-day}[/caption] 8. In the end, Thakur actually killed Gabar but the Censor Board of Film Certification objected it saying it was too cruel. Therefore the ending was changed into handling the Gabbar to police. Sholay 9. Dharmendra wanted to play Thakur Baldev Singh, when told Veeru will get a girl (Basanti) in the end he changed his mind. [caption id="attachment_19681" align="alignnone" width="600"]Veeru (Dharmendra) and Basanti (Hema Malini) Veeru (Dharmendra) and Basanti (Hema Malini)[/caption] 10. We all remember, Dharmendra's suicide scene from the water tank but if Jaya Bachchan lighted the lamps every night suggesting there was no electricity in the village. How was the water pumped into the tank at first place? This made a major goof after the release of the film. [caption id="attachment_19683" align="alignnone" width="600"]Sholay (tank suicide scene) Sholay (tank suicide scene)[/caption]

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