Sholay (meaning "Embers" or "Flames") is a 1975 Indian action-adventure film written by Salim-Javed and directed by Ramesh Sippy. The film follows two criminals, Veeru and Jai (played by Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachan respectively), hired by a retired police officer (Sanjeev Kumar) to capture the ruthless dacoit (bandit) Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan). The film also stars Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri. Sholay is considered a classic and one of the best Indian films. By some accounts, Sholay was the highest-grossing Indian film of all time.
The film is a Dacoit Western, combining the conventions of Indian dacoit films, with that of Westerns, and is a defining example of the masala film, which mixes several genres in one work. The film's dialogues and certain characters became extremely popular, contributing to numerous cultural memes and becoming part of India's daily vernacular.
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