Sholay means fire. In this particular movie, a Police Officer, who family was killed by a bandit named Gabbar Singh, decides to fight fire with fire and recruits two convicts, Jai and Veeru. He approaches them in jail, puts the proposal in front of them, and they agree to bring in Gabbar Singh alive – for a hefty price. After their discharge from jail, they travel by train to the village where the Police Officer lives – now with only his widowed daughter-in-law. The three band together to fight one of the most elusive and dreaded bandits of all time. Will the two ex-cons be able to bring Gabbar alive to the Police Officer? —IMDb
I've never seen anything like this. The only other Bollywood movie I've seen is Pyaasa, but that really couldn't prepare me for the 3.5 hour genre bending epic that is Sholay. It's strange how the western is at once the quintessential American film genre while at the same time can be translated into almost any culture and setting. I mean, you've got the spaghetti western, the ramen western, the kimchi western, the meat-pie western, and of course the curry western (I'm noticing a distinct pattern here). This is one of the best. The running time just slips by. There's lots of thrilling action, slapstick comedy, great songs, and magnetic characters. Damn. Also, I take it I'm not the only one who fell in love with Hema Malini's character?