NEW DELHI: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who portrayed iconic character 'Jai' in Ramesh Sippy's cult classic 'Sholay', recalled the time when the ace director waited 3 years to get the 'perfect light' for a particular sequence.
Addressing the audience at the launch event of the Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema & Entertainment, he said: "I wonder if you remember a scene in Sholay where Jaya (Bachchan) had to light a lamp in the corridor and I am sitting in the outhouse playing the mouth organ. There was particular kind of lighting that was required for the shot. Our DOP Mr Divecha was keen to take the shot at the time of sunset. You would not believe that Rameshji spent almost three years before we finally got that shot."
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"Every time we would go to enact that sequence, something would not be right with the lighting. And Rameshji said 'until we get a correct light, we are not going to shoot this'. We waited for three years for one flash of a shot for the film," the 73-year-old actor added.
Isn't it inspiring?
This 1975 film which also stars Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan was ranked first in the British Film Institute's 2002 poll of 'Top 10 Indian Films' of all time.