Javed Akhtar: Sholay is promoting us

The renowned writer Javed Akhtar, who co-wrote the screenplay of the super hit film Sholay, said that contrary to the belief that it belongs to him and Salim (who were the script-writers), they themselves belong to the film as the movie is promoting them even after 38 years of being released.

Talking at the trailer launch of the 3D version of Sholay, Javed Akhtar said, “I don’t generally watch my old films, I get embarrassed. But yesterday I saw Sholay again. When you see your old movies, meet old friends, there is a kind of nostalgia and sweetness in it.”

“These kind of films happen only once in a century. Sholay doesn’t belong to us, we belong to Sholay,” he added.

“Yes, as Javed rightly said, Sholay is still promoting us, even after so many years,” agreed Salim.

“I must thank GP Sippy, who used to think out of the box. He was the captain of the ship. He was a big-hearted person and a gambler. The film would have never been made without him,” said Javed about the producer, Late GP Sippy.

Sholay has now been converted into 3D and it will be released on January 3rd 2014.

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