The week in Hindi films

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Sholay Stars: Then And Now

As Sholay 3D opens in cinemas tomorrow, we look bac at the actors who used the blockbuster as a springboard for Bollywood success.

Sholay

Amitabh Bachchan Then

When Sholay released on August 15th 1975, Amitabh Bachchan was Indian cinema’s angry young man. He had delivered just couple of hits – Zanjeer and Deewar. He was still some time away from the ‘Big B’ tag and was still an emerging star on the Bollywood horizon. In fact, was still playing second fiddle to Rajesh Khanna.

Amitabh Bachchan Now

Amitabh is now synonymous with the Hindi film industry. He has successfully invented and reinvented himself innumerable times since Sholay.

But for a while, things didn’t go as planned: a succession of films bombed, endorsements dried up and by the turn of the millennium, Bachchan found himself $20 million in debt кредитная карта ренессанс. Today he is an icon: a man who almost lost everything and then, like a Phoenix, rose from the ashes.  At 70+, Amitabh Bachchan is a greater icon than he was at the height of his career, four decades ago.

Dharmendra Then

Dharmendra was the star then. He was also ranked as one of India’s 10 best looking men by Time magazine. Dharmendra was an established actor and had already impressed critics with his superlative performances, especially in Satyakam. He was known for his versatile performances in Bandini, Chupke Chupke, Blackmail and Jugnu. Sholay only went on to strengthen what was already established: that he had superb comic timing and was a natural with action sequences.

Dharmendra Now

Over the years Dharmendra has retreated from the limelight. But there have been hints at a comeback. Taking a cue from his Sholay co-star, Dharmendra has attempted to reinvent himself with films like Metro, Apne, and Yamla Pagla Deewana. However, he has failed to make a mark.

Hema Malini Then

In the 1970s Hema Malini was a much sought-after star. She was the heartthrob of millions of filmgoers. She set pulses racing, not only of the ordinary fan but also of her co-stars. Her good looks had already earned her the nickname of ‘dream girl’. Hema Malini was also a successful actresses – she had already delivered such blockbuster hits as Johnny Mera Naam and Seeta Aur Geeta. In Sholay she showcased her comic talent with gusto.

Hema Malini Now

Hema Malini in Veer Zara

Over the years, Hema Malini receded from the limelight, as family took centerstage. She took a long break from films before she made come back with Amitabh Bachchan in Baghban. But she seems to be hamstrung by Bollywood’s stereotype machine that believes that women over 45 are only fit to play mothers. She has become an active politician and is a member of the BJP.

Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan Then

In 1975 Jaya Bhaduri was already a household name. She made her debut in  Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar and had gone on to impress audiences and  critics alike with her performances in Guddi, Piya Ka Ghar, Parichay, Koshish and Anamika. Jaya was considered to be the source of inspiration for Amitabh Bachchan’s first hit, Zanjeer.

Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan Now

Today, Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan is the matriarch of Bollywood’s first family. Like other Indian actresses she took a long sabbatical to focus on her family. Then in 1998, she made a comeback with Govind Nihalani’s Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa. But from then on she has been restricted to playing mothers in Fiza, Kal Ho Naa Ho and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. However, she is all set to break free of this cliché with her next film, a Bangladeshi venture, Meherjaan.

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