43 years after Sholay’s release, Ramesh Sippy reveals why CBFC demanded to change film’s climax

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Would buffs have loved if Jai (Big B) wouldn’t have lost his life in Veeru’s (Dharmendra) arms at Sholay’s end?

Well, filmmaker Ramesh Sippy disclosed that this was the genuine conclusion of the most loving and popular flick Sholay but the Censor Board did not agree to it, the maker had to make modifications to it.

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In a recent interview, Ramesh Sippy stated, “I had shot a different ending for Sholay, where Gabbar is killed by Thakur. But the Censor Board, didn’t allow that. They were not happy about Thakur killing Gabbar with his feet. I was also caught in a sticky situation… how else would Thakur kill him? He couldn’t have used a gun since he had no arms. They were also unhappy about too much violence… they said ‘you have to change the end’. I wasn’t happy, but I did that.”

Ramesh Sippy was stating this at the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF).

Sippy spoke about his personal experiences with the board before the flick got released in the Emergency, during August 1975. The expert filmmaker also warned that adding sexual category and aggression to movies, needlessly, didn’t work at the ticket booth.

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“Those who copy others tend to do that. But it doesn’t work,” Sippy said.

Of the Indian film industry today, Ramesh Sippy stated, “I don’t agree with those who say today’s films lack good content. There are many directors who are making excellent films… take Rajkumar Hirani for example. Today’s youngsters have a lot more exposure than we did… technology has advanced and it’s helping filmmakers.”

In the flick, which is one of the most popular flicks of Bollywood, Big B and Dharmendra showcased as best pals Jai and Veeru. Dreamgirl Hema Malini (Basanti) and Jaya Bhaduri (Radha) (at the present Jaya Bachchan) also worked in the main characters.

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Sholay hit all records and pocketed 60 golden jubilees crosswise the country, and was the initial movie in the country to commemorate a silver jubilee at more than 100 theatres. The film was the Indian movie with the best ever theatrical run till the time King Khan and Kajol’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (in 1995) hit a new record of 286 weeks in the year 2001.

Sholay has bagged a lot of “Best Film” awards. It was announced the “Film of the Millennium” by BBC India in the year 1999.

Published by Mamatha on 13 Jan 2018

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