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Anupama Chopra
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books India (31 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014029970X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140299700
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 716,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars average info book dissapointing 25 Sep 2013
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ok book lots of info of directors writers actors too jai/veeru etc but it all ends so quickly thats were the damage is done very badly indeed its a fun book nice stories drags abit at times but as soon sholay is shooting is done not much much is said it realy is all pack up honestly so sad they could realy do with writing revamping sholay,overall poor effort awfull photos some great stories prob worth less than a 5ver thats it realy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 19 Mar 2013
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For all the Sholay fan and generally those who are interested in movie making should have a read. Not amazing but a good interesting read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book if you have seen the movie Sholay 11 Jan 2011
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It is a nice short book and if you are a Sholay fan then it is hard to put down when you start reading. I started it at night, read most of it before sleep and read the remaining few pages as soon as I got up in the morning. It is a must have if you belong to Sholay cult.

Author being the daughter of the director of the Sholay has a Godly admiration of Ramesh Sippy and her grand father G. P Sippy. Due to that, there is some deficit when it comes to giving credit where it is due. For example, as it is evident to who has seen both movies, this movie owes a lot more to an earlier movie "Mera gaon mera desh". That Ramesh Sippy helped Dharmendra by getting Hema malini interested in him, is shown in positive light when in reality, he acted as a house breaker for an already married Dharmendra. It also sounds curious that as director and essentially the producer as well, he did not find it objectionable when Dharmendra was spoiling the shooting by bribing technicians to screw up during shoot so that he can hold Hema malini longer in his arm. I do not think any director will like it if it is done at his own expense and time. There are a few places where the credits are not rightly attributed. For example, the name Gabbar Singh is just a variation of "Jabbar Singh" of mera gaon mera desh which inspired it. Outcome of a flipping of the coin plays a crucial event in both movies. The pivotal characters in both movies (Jayant vs. Sanjiv Kumar) have both lost either one or both arms. The Dharmendra's suicide scenes are lifted right from an old and obscure Kishore Kumar's comedy film (I think "Half ticket").

The book claims that MacMohan had only one dialogue in the entire movie, namely, "poore pachaas hazaar" and became famous because of it. It is inaccurate. The other dialogue attributed to him is "Yeh le chidi ki rani" just before Ahmed (Sachin) is kidnapped.

Despite all these, it is a book you will closely relate to if you are a Sholay fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & lavish account of the making of a great film 25 Sep 2006
By Sursubbu - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not very hefty as far as coffee table books go but it's lavishly decorated with tons of stills from the movie, including double-page spanning frames that give you the full widescreen perspective and reproductions of all the posters made. It also has stills of paintings done by several artistes on he theme of Sholay. Not surprisingly, most of them deal with Gabbar Singh.

As for the text, Anupama Chopra's prose is breezy...breezy enough to finish reading the book in one session, but still it's worth going back to several times, to feast upon the lovely artwork and relive the many entertaining anecdotes that pepper this account.

Definitely a great buy for afficionados of Hindi films.
3.0 out of 5 stars Review 29 Jun 2014
By Sunil Kanitkar - Published on Amazon.com
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Nicely written book. Would have been better if some more details from the actual shoots were covered in addition to the coverage provided. Also some more insight into the editing aspect would have been really nice.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Screen Play , Anupama ! 27 Mar 2014
By Shrikant - Published on Amazon.com
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I throughly enjoyed this book. In fact I saw Sholay again after reading the book. It was a wonderful experience. Anupama wrote it with great ease and with a tight "screenplay". Kudos to Ramesh Sippy and the entire Sholay team members for their hard work and passion to produce such a masterpiece.

Hope we get few more masterpieces narrated with such a masterly by Anupama Chopra.

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4.0 out of 5 stars good 28 Feb 2014
By nids - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book. Fair read. However they should not force you to write a teview before you read. Its irritating and useless
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