A leading exhibitor and distributor in the Pakistan entertainment industry has decided to release the cult Indian classic Sholay in Pakistan for the first time in the country.
Directed by Ramesh Sippy and produced by his father G P Sippy,
the 1975 film starred Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra in lead
Nadeem Mandviwalla, who is the owner of Mandviwalla
Entertainment, said film has never been screened in Pakistani
cinemas and people here watched only the pirated version of
"I think every second Pakistani has seen the movie or knows
about it and I thought why not re-release it in Pakistan on the big
screen because the magic of watching this movie in the theatre is
awesome," Mandviwalla told PTI.
Describing Sholay as a classic and unique film,
Mandviwalla said it will attract all generations to the cinema
"I know it is 40 years since it was first released but it is a
timeless classic and the presence of Amitabh Bachchan is by itself
a big draw," he said.
Mandviwalla is planning to release it on March 23, a public
holiday in Pakistan.
"We feel the audience will want to come watch it, given the
opportunity," he said.
The mega hit also starred Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini and Jaya
Bachchan among others in key roles. The movie was remastered 2014
and re-released in 3D for the new generation of moviebuffs.
It will be releasing in 2D and 3D in Pakistan. Mandviwalla said
Sholay'will have fewer shows in the theatres but should
have a long run in Pakistani cinema halls.