‘Sholay’ & Spaghetti-Westerns

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.

Where to watch Sholay (1975)
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