Amitabh Bachchan on Friday revisited his 'Sholay' times and shared a picture from the premiere day — August 15, 1975. The black-and-white picture featured Amitabh's mother Teji Bachchan, father Harivansh Rai Bachchan and 'pretty' Jaya Bachchan.
Bachchan in his caption explained how Sholay became the first Indian film on 70mm stereo and how he sat on the balcony floor till 3 in the morning with Vinod Khanna and watched the film.
At the Premiere of SHOLAY .. 15th August 1975, at the Minerva .. Ma, Babuji, Jaya and a bow tied moi .. how pretty Jaya looks .. This was the 35 mm print at the Premiere .. the 70mm Stereo sound print , first time in India was stuck in Customs.. but after the Premiere got over by midnight, we got news that the 70mm print was out of Customs .. we told Ramesh ji to get it to the Minerva .. it came .. the first Indian film on 70mm Stereo .. and I sat on the floor of the Balcony with Vinod Khanna and finished seeing this amazing result till 3 in the morning 🎥
In the film, which released on August 15, 1975, Bachchan played a criminal Jai with Dharmendra, who essayed the character of Veeru. The story revolved around their effort to capture the ruthless dacoit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) at the behest of Thakur, played by Sanjeev Kumar. Directed by Ramesh Sippy, the film was shot in the rocky terrain of Ramanagar, Karnataka, over a span of two and a half years.
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When the film released, Sholay received negative critical reviews and a tepid commercial response, but through word-of-mouth publicity it became a box-office success. The film also starred Bachchan and Dharmendra's real-life partners Jaya and Hema Malini respectively.
(With PTI inputs)
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