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Sholay
Sholay is the Hindi action-adventure film that was shot by Ramesh Sippy. It is considered as the best example of the Hindi masala movie. Masala movie is a mix of several movie genres, which usually include tragedy, comedy, adventure and action. The plot of the film is about Thakur Baldev Singh, former police officer (played by Sanjeev Kumar) trying to capture the main antagonist of the movie Gabbar Singh, a gang leader (played by Amjad Khan) by hiring two thieves, who are also the main protagonists of the movie Veru (played by Dharmendra) and Jai (played by Amitabh Bachchan). Although this movie is considered as the highest box-office grossing Hindi movie up to this time, I personally did not enjoy this movie. In this essay, I will present a brief plot of the movie and then reflect my view towards this movie. In my reflection, I will examine the genres used, analyze some ideas that were presented in this movie and express the terend of masala movies in the 1970s.
The film starts with Thakur Baldev Singh ordering to his fellow police officer to find two thieves Veru and Jai. When the fellow police officer questions the need for those two thieves, the movie presents to us a flashback of Thakur, when he was convoying those two detainees by a train, when bandits attack it. However, they fail to seize the train due to help Thakur receives from two thieves. After that they are found by Thakur and asked to capture Gabbar Singh, a local bandit, for a payment. On their way, they meet with Basanti, a local talkative woman who speaks to herself as referring to a third person, which agrees to transport them by her horse carriage for a payment. Veru immediately falls in love with her. Next, when they reach a village they find Thakur’s house and meet with Thakur’s daughter-in-law Bradha who is a widow. Jai also gets attracted by her, though she keeps…...

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