Sholay: The Making of a Classic

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Sholay: The Making Of A Classic is a captivating saga about the biggest timeless Indian blockbuster which swayed the silver screen for nearly 5 years in the mid-seventies. It chronicles each and every facet of this Ramesh Sippy magnum opus.

Sholay, the very name enthralls all the film aficionados of this nation. In this context, the remark by a renowned film director is noteworthy that Sholay is the watershed between two eras in Bollywood, Sholay BC and Sholay AD.

Sholay: The Making Of A Classic is an endeavor to capture the halo encircling the film. It painstakingly captures all the nitty-gritty behind the film, starting from the conceptualization of the story to the arduous process of casting, moving on to the visualization over two years in a barren, rocky landscape, and finally the first weeks post the film's release across the country.

The book is brimming with intriguing anecdotes such as Danny Dengzongpa's exit from the film, Amjad Khan bagging the role of the nefarious bandit, Gabbar Singh, and the steamy romance between Hema Malini and Dharmendra on the sets. Sholay: The Making Of A Classic was published in the year 2000 to commemorate the silver jubilee of Sholay. Anupama Chopra has been conferred the National Award for 'Best Book on Film' in the Year 2000 for Sholay: The Making Of A Classic.

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Anupama Chopra was born as Anupama Chandra in Calcutta (now Kolkata) to a Bengali family.

Besides this book, she has penned the following books, A Truly Motivational Book, One Book For Life Success, King Of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan And The Seductive World Of Indian Cinema, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Book), and First Day First Show: Writings From The Bollywood Trenches.

As a film critic, she reviews movies for NDTV 24/7 and The Hindustan Times. She is a contributing editor to Vogue (India) and a columnist for Mumbai Mirror. She hosts a film based show on a popular English entertainment channel, Star World.

Anupama Chopra follows a very breezy style of writing which instantly strikes the right chord with her readers.

Chopra grew up in Mumbai and Hong Kong. She graduated from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, with a BA in English Literature and earned her MA in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She won the Harrington Award for magazine journalism while at Medill. She is married to famous Bollywood filmmaker and director, Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

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There has never been a more defining film on the India screen. Indian film history can be divided into Sholay BC and Sholay AD.''' --Shekhar Kapoor

An extremely readable book. --Financial Express

The fascinating story of how a four-line idea grew to become the greatest blockbuster of Indian cinema...With the skill of a consummate storyteller, Chopra describes Amitabh s struggle to convince the Sippys to choose him over Shatrughan Sinha and the last minute confusion over dates that handed the role of Gabbar Singh to Amjad. All this and much more. --Financial Express

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