Sholay : The Making Of A Classic
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Sholay : The Making Of A Classic

Author: Anupama Chopra

National Award Winner: 'Best Book on Film' Year 2000 Film journalist Anupama Chopra tells the fascinating story of how a four-line idea grew to become the greatest blockbuster of Indian cinema. Starting with the tricky process of casting, moving on to the actual filming over two years in a barren, rocky landscape, and finally the first weeks after the film's release when the audience stayed away and the trade declared it a flop, this is a story as dramatic and entertaining as Sholay itself. With the skill of a consummate storyteller, Anupama Chopra describes Amitabh Bachchan's struggle to convince the Sippys to choose him, an actor with ten flops behind him, over the flamboyant Shatrughan Sinha; the last-minute confusion over dates that led to Danny Dengzongpa's exit from the fim, handing the role of Gabbar Singh to Amjad Khan; and the budding romance between Hema Malini and Dharmendra during the shooting that made the spot boys some extra money and almost killed Amitabh.

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There has never been a more defining film on the India screen. Indian film history can be divided into Sholay BC and Sholay AD-"Shekhar Kapoor

"An extremely readable book.'-"Financial Express

"The fascinating story of how a four-line idea grew to become the greatest blockbuster of Indian cinema...'With the skill of a consummate storyteller, Chopra describes Amitabh's struggle to convince the Sippys to choose him over Shatrughan Sinha and the last minute confusion over dates that handed the role of Gabbar Singh to Amjad. All this and much more.'-"Financial Express

"There are few reasons to keep away from this book...'And for those who like a tale well-told, this will be a book that ladles out stories within stories; a work consummate in ease and pace.'-"Deccan Chronicle

"Everything you wanted to know about the making of Sholay but did not know who to ask is to be found in Anupama Chopra's Sholay: The Making of a Classic.-"Business Standard

"A nostalgia trip that rides on recall, related through a riveting narrative that has its own plot and structure, its own unifying symbols and tapestry. And it throws up colourful cameos and cute anecdotes, some little known and some totally unknown.'-"Indian Express

"A very readable book...'There are many skilfully told stories within this larger story.'-"The Telegraph

Brilliantly narrates one interesting anecdote after another.
Enhances the magical appeal of the moving.-"The Tribune, Chandigarh

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Penguin Books India


1 Dec 2000





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