Sholay

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This week’s film is Sholay (1975), one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of all time. Due to the film’s length (just under 3.5 hours), we will be ordering pizza(s) for the group screening.

Fun fact about this film: it took a few weeks for it to find an audience, but the successful release of the soundtrack album (with snippets of dialogue) alongside good word of mouth helped propel it into the stratosphere of success. The film’s story and style borrow heavily from Spaghetti Westerns (e.g., A Fistful of Dollars). Slumdog Millionaire (2008) refers to one of the film’s stars, Amitabh Bachchan, in a comedic scene at the beginning of that film.

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