Actor Amitabh Bachchan has revealed an interesting piece of trivia about his iconic 1975 film, Sholay. The film, which recently completed 45 years, is considered among the most influential Hindi films ever made. On the latest episode of his game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, Amitabh talked about shooting the climax with his co-star Dharmendra.
He was speaking to a contestant, CRPF DIG Preet Mohan Singh, who had told the actor that he was a big fan of the movie. Singh had suggested that during the climax, Dharmendra should have picked up more ammunition which might have just saved Amitabh’s character Vijay’s life. Amitabh revealed that Dharmendra actually almost shot a real bullet at him during the scene. Mr Bachchan then narrated a real-life incident while shooting for the film, Dharmendra got irritated in a scene because of too many retakes. In the scene, he had to pick cartridges from a box and fill his both bockets, Dharmendra did the scene two-three times but couldn’t get it correct, irritated with it, by mistake, he shot the gun, which went past Big B’s ear and he was stunned.
Sholay also starred Amitabh’s wife, Jaya, and Dharmendra’s wife, Hema Malini. It also featured Sanjeev Kumar as Thakur and Amjad Khan as the villain Gabbar. It was directed by Ramesh Sippy. In August, Ramesh had revealed that Dharmendra, Sanjeev and Amitabh had all wanted to play Gabbar in the movie. He said they were willing to give up on their hero image, but he had found his Gabbar in Amjad, who was roped in after Danny Denzongpa had quit due to his commitment to Feroz Khan’s film Dharmatma.