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Thursday, 2 December, 1999, 19:43 GMT
Sequel planned for Bollywood hit
Celebrating Bollywood's finest ever action movie Celebrating one of Bollywood's finest action movies

The producers of one India's most successful films, Sholay (Flames), have said they plan to make a sequel in the new millennium.

Addressing a press conference to celebrate the film's 25th anniversary, producer GP Sippy said the sequel would be called Sholay 2000 or Sholay II.

This kind of film is made only once
Film actress Hema Malini
"We should make a movie which should be a worthy successor and see that we make a very fine and colourful movie and most of all the most popular movie," Mr Sippy said.

Sholay, which was released in 1975, lit up the box office as the film drew thousands of movie-mad Indians for days on end.

Twenty-five years later, many consider it the finest action movie ever made in the country.

Cult following

The film spawned a massive fan following, especially for its colourful villain, Gabbar Singh, whose coarse dialect made him a cult figure.

Villain Gabbar Singh became a cult figure Villain Gabbar Singh became a cult figure
Loosely styled on Akira Kurosawa's The Seventh Samurai and Hollywood's The Magnificent Seven, Sholay featured movie star Amitabh Bachchan.

Mr Bachchan is now considered one of Bollywood's most successful stars and was voted the star of the millennium in a recent BBC News Online poll.


Mr Bachchan failed to make the silver jubilee celebrations but several of the film's former stars were present, including the lead pair, Dharmendra and Hema Malini.

Amitabh Bachchan in Sholay Amitabh Bachchan in Sholay
"This kind of film is made only once. It will remain as the greatest film ever made in the Indian cinema," Ms Malini said.

The stars paid tribute to two members of the original production who have since died - actors Sanjiv Kumar and Amjad Khan, and music director RD Burman.

Mr Sippy said he would begin a talent search in January 2000 for the new film. Some members of the original cast will feature in the film, he said.

The makers of Sholay have planned an elaborate silver jubilee celebration which will continue for 501 days
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