Kitne Aadmi the? No prize for guessing where you have heard this oneliner.Sholay which changed the face of Indian cinema with its phenomenal success of having run in cinema houses consecutively for 5 years has more to boast about than this famous dialogue.Anupama chopra in her factual description of its history has succeeded in revealing a lot of information which cinegoers and bollywood fans always wanted to know.
To those minorities population who are'nt aware of this legendary production, Sholay simply put is a story of how an honest cop posted in a remote Indian village is avenged by a dacoit by mass massacre of his kith and kin. The cop played by Sanjeev Kumar takes the help of two petty crooks from the jail (played by Amitabh and Dharam) to overpower the dacoit. Though the storyline seems to be simple, the film is a complex web of relationships, humour, tragedy & drama
"Making of sholay" is an account of how this film was made, the way actors were cast, internal politics of filmdom and lot more. The description is devoid of any jargons and is definitely a readable one. You really do feel that the book had more anecdotes to reveal and had more pages to accommodate that. A cinema buff could complete reading the book in 2 hours flat.
Sam who was cast as Sambha in the film had just 1 dialogue to boast in the film, the rest being cut to accommodate the film in the 3hrs slot. But the phenomenal boost that it gave to his career is really commendable.
Gabbar who played the dacoit was actually nervous about his casting. The critics had actually dismissed him quoting he wouldn't be a success but he proved everyone wrong thanks to the confidence Sippy, the director had on him
Dharam used to be drunk in the sets until he accidentally fired a bullet missing Amitabh by inches.
There are more factual tales which transports us the to the sets and reveals the secrets of fantasy called SHOLAY