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141 Ratings



Directed by Ramesh Sippy
India, 1975
Drama, Action, Romance


A Police Officer, whose family was killed by a bandit named Gabbar Singh, decides to fight fire with fire and recruits two convicts, Jai and Veeru.

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Critics reviews

Unfolding like a musical variation on Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West, the film’s pronounced style never gets in the way of its surprisingly dark story; it’s fun without being tongue-in-cheek. The musical sequences often work as a counterweight to the brutality of the story itself — they speak of happiness and togetherness and fun in the midst of a stark, violent world.
October 28, 2015
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So attenuated it starts to feel like Sippy made a bet that he could spin this material out to three and a half hours. Lame comedy, indifferently-shot action and a climax rife with bold strokes that just end up looking cheesy – yet the fact that everything takes three times as long as it should does impose a relaxing rhythm, and there’s something bracing about the indiscriminate pillaging of Western models, presumably unfamiliar to most Indian audiences of the 70s.
February 01, 2013
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