Ramesh Sippy on shooting different ending for ‘Sholay’


The Censor Board has had its takes on countless films spanning decades, including, Ramesh Sippy’s iconic ‘Sholay’ (1975). At the Pune International Film Festival, Sippy revealed that he had a different ending envisioned for ‘Sholay’, but had to change it, to please the censor board.

As according to The Indian Express, Sippy said, “I had shot a different ending for Sholay, where Gabbar is killed by Thakur. But they (the Censor Board) didn’t allow that. They were not happy about Thakur killing Gabbar with his feet. I was also caught in a sticky situation….how else would Thakur kill him?He couldn’t have used a gun since he had no arms. They were also unhappy about too much violence…they said ‘you have to change the end’. I wasn’t happy, but I did that.”

‘Sholay’ had a popular, large cast, including Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra.

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  1. But I rmemebe watching this scene on zeetv uk when I was a kid
    Where Thakur killed Hanna’s with his feet
    Then when I saw it again on tv it was with the other ending

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