Bollywood’s Iconic Sequence Sholay Draws Shocking Similarities to Once Upon A Time in the West!!
A surprising revelation has left Bollywood fans in awe as actor Adil Hussain pointed out that a key sequence from the iconic film Sholay (1975) was strikingly similar to Sergio Leonne’s Spaghetti Western Once Upon A Time in the West (1968).
Adil Hussain’s tweet brought attention to the resemblance, sparking a wave of reactions from fans and fellow actors alike.
The Similar Sequence
The meditative sequence from Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay, where Gabbar (Amjad Khan) shoots down Thakur’s (Sanjeev Kumar) entire family, raised eyebrows when it was compared to a scene from Sergio Leonne’s Once Upon A Time in the West.
The two sequences appeared eerily similar, leading to discussions about possible inspiration or influence between the films.
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Adil Hussain’s Tweet and Reactions
Actor Adil Hussain took to Twitter to share a clip from Once Upon A Time in the West, emphasizing the striking resemblance to Sholay’s memorable scene:
Ha ha… Who would have thought that portions of one of the most watched/ Admired films in India will be a copy of this film below… Probably you already knew that!? .. But didn’t.. pic.twitter.com/jeIad77Gs5
— Adil hussain (@_AdilHussain) July 31, 2023
Ranvir Shorey, another actor, responded with a humorous GIF, leading to a playful exchange between the two:
— Ranvir Shorey (@RanvirShorey) July 31, 2023
Some users commented on Bollywood’s history of drawing inspiration from other films, while others praised the originality of the iconic Spaghetti Western.
Influences and Inspiration
While some users pointed out that Once Upon A Time in the West itself was inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, others debated the fine line between inspiration and plagiarism in the film industry.
The exchange highlighted the interconnected nature of film influences and the continuous evolution of storytelling through different cultures.
Sholay remains one of the most beloved Hindi films of all time, featuring a star-studded cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, and more. Written by Salim-Javed and produced by Sippy Films, the movie has left an indelible mark on Indian cinema.
Once Upon A Time in the West
Once Upon A Time in the West, starring Henry Fonda, is a part of Sergio Leonne’s Once Upon A Time trilogy, followed by Duck, You Sucker! (1971) and Once Upon a Time in America (1984).
It is celebrated for its impact on the Spaghetti Western genre and its influence on filmmakers worldwide. As two iconic films from different cultural backgrounds, they continue to captivate audiences and contribute to the rich tapestry of cinematic storytelling.
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