Not A Lot Of People Know It But This Scene From Sholay Took 3 Years To Shoot.

1975 was a very important year for Bollywood. It gave us a film that the masses would never forget. Yes, we are talking about Sholay which you might have already figured out from the headline.

Sholay is a landmark film of Bollywood that was way ahead of its time which it’s gradual appreciation amongst the masses testifies. Much like Andaz Apna Apna, Sholay was initially a flop. In fact, all that was really recognised about the film was its editing for which it got a Filmfare award that year.

What the people of that time couldn’t see in the film, people of the decades that followed it did and so, it received The Filmfare Award For The Best Film of 50 Years in 2005.

There are numerous iconic scenes/dialogues of Sholay that define its success, like:









Jab tak hai jaan jaan-e-jahaan, main naachungi!” Oh! You defiant Basanti!







Amidst all these iconic scenes was one simple shot, with no dialogue uttered, that took 3 long years to be filmed: The one with Jaya Bachchan turning the oil lamps off whilst Amitabh Bachchan plays his harmonica in the background. 

Bachchan revealed it at an event recently, while speaking about Ramesh Sippy’s filmmaking accuracy, according to Hindustan Times.

Big B said, “I wonder if you remember a scene in Sholay, where Jaya (Bachchan) is lighting a lamp in the corridor of her home on the first floor and I am sitting in the outhouse playing my mouth organ. There was a particular kind of lighting required for that shot. Our DoP (Director of Photography) was very keen that the shot be done at the time when the sun is setting. You would not believe that we spent three years before we finally got that shot because every time we would get to enact that sequence, something would not be right with the lighting and Ramesh Ji said, until we get the correct light, we are not going to film this. Hence we waited for three years for one flash of a shot in the film.”

Relive the simplistic yet beautiful scene here: 

Damn fascinating, isn’t it?

News Source: Hindustan Times