Bollywood classic Sholay released in theatres across Pakistan for the first time on Friday, 40 years after its release in India. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra as Jai and Veeru respectively.
The Ramesh Sippy-directed action film, considered as an all-time blockbuster of Indian cinema, was released across the country by Geo films and Mandviwalla entertainment with a grand premiere in Karachi at the Neuplex, which was attended by several celebrities.
"Sholay has its legion of fans in Pakistan including that generation which grew old watching Indian movies on VCRs when it was illegal to screen them in Pakistan," said film critic Omair Alavi.
"We have heard so much about the movie from our parents and older relatives so for them to watch the movie for the first time on the big screen in 3D and 2D is an unforgettable experience," he said.
Nadeem Mandviwalla, the exporter and distributor of the film in Pakistan, said he was expecting Sholay to generate good business. At one cineplex, where Sholay is being screened, the owners have erected huge cut outs of Gabbar Singh, Jai and Veeru in a village like environment and film goers can get photographed with their favourite characters. ?Hindustan Times
Preity lashes out at Anushka?s detractors
Preity Zinta has some serious advice for actor Anushka Sharma, who was trolled on Twitter for her boyfriend, cricketer Virat Kohli's sub power performance in the semi-final of the World Cup.
"These are spineless people who can only whine. I don't think we should give them attention. Next time Virat wins the 'Man of the Match', Anushka should go and take the award. It's strange how she went to support her boyfriend and people made her the butt of jokes," says Preity adding, "It is so unfair how celebrities are targeted and ridiculed for everything."
Preity, who co-owns an IPL team, is hoping that her team performs well in the ongoing tournament. "We were right there in the finals last year. I really hope that we win this year. I think the best thing about our team is that our fans are always supportive," says Preity.
The 40-year-old adds that she is looking forward to seeing the Indian players in her team perform well. "International players are there, but I really want the younger players to do well. I feel this is what makes IPL what it is," says Preity, who was last seen in her debut production Ishkq In Paris (2013). ?Hindustan Times