Synopsis: Sholay means embers in Hindi. In this particular movie, a Police Officer, who's family was killed by a bandit named Gabbar Singh, decides to fight fire with fire and recruits two convicts, Jai and Veeru to capture Gabbar. He approaches them in jail, puts the proposal in front of them, and they agree to bring in Gabbar Singh alive - for a hefty price. After their discharge from jail, they travel by train to the village where the Police Officer lives - now with only his widowed daughter-in-law. The three band together to fight one of the most elusive and dreaded bandits of all time. Will the two ex-cons be able to bring Gabbar alive to the Police Officer?
Director(s): Ramesh Sippy
Production: Adlabs Film
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162 min

- The Thakur...?|- Welcome, sir. This way...

I knew it the moment I received|your letter, Thakur...

...that you wished to meet me.

I took the first available train.

I'm putting you to|some trouble, jailer.

Not at all, sir. Just name it...|whatever it be.

- I need two men.|- Two?

Do you recognize them?

There's hardly a prison where|they have not been held, Thakur.

This is Veeru.|...and this is Jai.

They're crooks, both of them.|Thieves of the first order.

I know.

They're just what I need|for the assignment at hand.

I can't say what assignment|you have in mind, Thakur.

But I can surely tell you that|they're good for nothing.

That's not true, jailer.

For all their vices, they|have some virtues, too.

A fake coin is a fake, sir.|Whichever way you look at it.

That is perhaps the difference|between man and coin.

I clearly remember what|happened two years ago.

I had arrested both of them|in district Jamalpur.

We had to reach the police station|at village Tamli by dusk.

Since no other arrangements|could be made...

...we took a goods-train.

I had two constables with me.|And there were these crooks...

...Jaidev and Veeru;|chained and handcuffed.

Could you have been at the Daulatpur|police station earlier, sir?

Yes, I was. Why did you ask?

I remember now!

I've been wondering where I've seen|you, ever since you've caught us.

Remember Lalji's shop? The|provision store which we robbed?

- Do you remember?|- The provision store? No...

Don't you? Jai...

Remember, we were held at|the Daulatpur police station?

- Daulatpur?|- Yes, don't you remember?

- When was that?|- We had robbed the grocer...

He was the officer then...|Don't you recognize him?

All police officers|look the same to me.

I can't help it, you know...|He's always talking nonsense.

Since when have the two of you|been in this racket?

You could say, we stood our own|two feet, the moment we could!

But why must you do all this?

The reason what you're a cop for...|we into it for the money.

Not true. I'm not a police officer|just for the money.

I have enough of family land|to keep us going.

But perhaps I'm fond of the|dangers involved in the game.

We face dangers everyday, too.

There's a difference. I take on|dangers to protect the law.

And you do it to|break the law.

You need to be a brave man,|in both the cases.

Oh sure! You do need courage.

I see.

You guys think you're|very brave, don't you?

You will see when|the need arises, Inspector.

We'd at least take on|15 or 20 guys.

I haven't exaggerated it,|have I?

- Now that you've already said it...|- We deal with it!


Well, Inspector?|Want to try out our guts?

There's still time, Inspector.|Give it a thought!

Don't you try to escape.

Stop the engine, driver!

Let's move ahead!|As fast as you can!

Charge ahead!

Give me a swig! Quick!

- Are you okay?|- I'm all right...

He dares mess with Veeru!

They've fled, the swines!

Let's go... Come on!

I had warned you|not to escape...

What do you think?

We can run away.

Leaving him in this state?

He's going to die, if we|leave him in this condition.

Suppose we take him|to the hospital...

...we get sent away|for four or six months.

- So what do you suggest?|- What do you think?

Get it out.

If it's Heads, we go to the hospital;|if it's Tails, we escape.

They are criminals, no doubt.|But they're terribly brave.

They're dangerous, because|they know how to fight back.

They're bad... but they're human.

Could you find these|guys for me, jailer?

We'll easily find them, if they|are presently in some prison.

But if they're free, it's|difficult to find such people.

Soorma Bhopali! You're pulling|out more of the firewood.

Naturally. You don't expect me|to put some more, do you?

The scale says it's enough...|and you insist on more.

Just take the wood and get going.|Give me the money...

Here's a 2-Rupee bill.

I can see that, but is it genuine?|Okay, it is.

So then, good-bye.

- Won't you return my money?|- Money? What money do you want?

- That's a two-Rupee bill!|- The wood is worth 2 Rupees too!

Just this much of wood|for two Rupees?!

Were you out to buy the whole forest|for two bucks then?

Now look; I've had enough!|Just get going.

I'm not Soorma Bhopali for nothing!|Okay?

Get lost...|I wonder where they come from!

He says the wood is too little!|Wants the forest then, does he?!

They always come early every|morning to spoil my day!

There, Chand! You're at your|cursed poetry again!

Go and check if they're unloaded|the stuff from the truck yet!

Well! Well! Are you guys|watching a drama here?

This is no travelers' bungalow...|who are you guys?

God Almighty! It's you!

How are you, Soorma Bhopali?

I'm fine, thank you!

But what are you guys up to?!

Come here!

The police have declared a reward|of 2000 Rupees for your arrest.

If someone watches us together,|I'll land in trouble, too!

So please get going!

Know what, Soorma Bhopali?|We want to go to prison.

I hope God fulfills your wish!

Had this been Bhopal, I'd have had|you locked up in just two minutes!

I'm not Soorma Bhopali for|nothing, you know!

But why would anyone|need me here?

A warrant's out in|your name in any case!

But we want you to|have us arrested.

What are you talking about?!

There's a reward of 2000 Rupees|which you will get.

Give us half the money, when|we're released from prison.

- Do you get it?|- What are you saying!

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Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar (born 17 January 1945) is an Indian poet, lyricist and screenwriter. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), the Sahitya Akademi Award as well as five National Film Awards. more…

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