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‘Sholay’ to be released in 3D

Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra in 'Sholay'

This year marks Indian cinema’s 100th year and, to mark the occasion, a 3D version of the Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Sholay’ (1975) will be released. It was a tale of two friends, their lovers and the ultimate bad guy which took cinema by storm and became one of the most popular and loved films of all time.

As Hindustan Times reports, financer of the 3D version, Jayantilal Gada, has been working on the conversion of the film for the past year.�� Talking to reporters, he said��that he hopes this will also lead to some peace-making with those involved in the film, “Sholay 3D�۪s release may help end cold wars between people associated with the original. We�۪re trying to get Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar together after years…”

Gada also goes onto express his high hopes for the converted version of the film, saying that he envisages ‘Sholay 3D’ will see a bigger success than the original. “I�۪ve been controlling television rights of this film since 1995, and it has received 67 TRPs. Even 3 Idiots (2009)got only 11 TRPs. The new version will make at least double the money we�۪ve spent on its revival,�۝ he comments.

The 3D version is due to release on Indian Independence Day which��is, coincidentally,��the same day in which the original was released 37 years ago.��Commenting on promotions, Gada expresses that��merchandise such as toys, games and even food packaging will be distributed to promote the film. The team are also in the process of��organising the inclusion of the film’s stars,��Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra,��in further promotions before the film premieres.