For those, who have known about Hollywood’s “Spaghetti-Western” films, would surely bet on the fact that one of the most popular Hindi films Sholay (1975) was actually inspired by that sub-genre of filmmaking.
While Sholay was more on the lines of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” and John Sturges’ “The Magnificent Seven,” there are many more reference points including:The Wild Bunch (1969), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and director Sergio Leone’s DollarsTrilogy: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) followed by “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968).
Nevertheless, I am talking more about the style of filmmaking, and not the script or story, in that sense, Sholay is different, but what is common is outlaw ‘gunmen’ with superhuman weapon skill.
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