Great Bollywood blockbuster, Sholay, which recently completed 44 years of release, is now available for viewing on Amazon Prime. The movie, which is loved by all generations, can now be enjoyed at any time across Amazon Platforms, including Amazon Firestick.
For anyone living under a rock, Sholay, which released in 1975, was about two criminals, Jai, and Veeru (Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra), who is hired by a retired police officer (Sanjeev Kumar) to capture the ruthless dacoit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan).
All its characters including Jai, Veeru, Gabbar Singh, Thakur, and Basanti, are now evergreen characters that are quoted often in pop culture and the movie is a sheer masterpiece of Indian cinema.
While Dharmendra, Amitabh, Amjad Khan, and others were the ‘heroes’ in front of the camera, it was the art, craft, and perseverance of Director Ramesh Sippy and the writers Salim-Javed, and music director R D Burman plus the special effects experts imported from Hollywood who was the heroes behind the camera.
Sholay was declared the “Film of the Millennium” by BBC India in 1999. It topped the British Film Institute’s “Top 10 Indian Films” of the all-time poll of 2002 and was voted the greatest Indian movie in a Sky Digital poll of one million British Indians in 2004. Sholay was also included in Time Magazine’s “Best of Bollywood” list in 2010 and in CNN-IBN’s list of the “100 greatest Indian films of all time” in 2013. All other OTT platforms — beat that on films from India!
Shreyans Hirawat of NH Studioz said, “For us at NH Studioz – It is a privilege to be able to exhibit the right films to the right audience at the right time using the best platforms. Sholay is one of the most iconic films from our industry and we pride ourselves to have it in our library. We are excited to make it available for cinema lovers worldwide”,
Digital distribution for the film was provided by Nirvana Digital, one of the largest Rights Management companies from India.
Pinakin Thakkar and Manu Kaushish, Co-Founders, of Nirvana Digital, have said in a joint statement, “Ever since we can remember, we have been fans of Sholay. We have always wanted to bring the magic of Sholay to the world, and today, we are proud to enable this global release. We look forward to bringing more of the best of Indian Film and TV to the world.”