Nearly 44 years ago, 'Sholay' came into our lives and changed the viewing experience for all of us. The lines "Arey O Sambha, kitna inaam rakhi hai sarkar humpe", "Chal Dhanno" and "Yeh dosti hum nahi todenge" became legendary, and you're not a true 'Sholay' fan if you don't remember these dialogues and the song.
Most of us weren't even born during that time, but still, all of us love and remember Gabbar and his excitement for Holi, Jai-Veeru and their eternal friendship, Thakur and Veeru's love Basanti and her 'Dhanno'.
But, honestly none of them were the real stars of the movie, it was actually a woman named Reshma Pathan, who most of us have barely heard about.
Reshma Pathan is India's first stunt woman, who has body-doubled for Hema Malini, Sridevi, Meena Kumari, Dimple Kapadia and many other leading actresses in the 60'. She single-handedly helped shape the career paths of multiple iconic actresses while remaining under their shadow all this while.View this post on Instagram
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"Chal Dhanno! Aaj teri Basanti ki ijjat ka sawal hai!" This dialogue and the Tanga Chase was undoubtedly one of the most iconic moments from the movie.
Deep down in their hearts, everyone prayed for Basanti and cheered for her to fight the dacoits when her life was at risk. What people didn't see, was a courageous woman who was actually risking her life for the sake of the audience getting an epic, authentic, earthy and raw action sequence to watch. Fast forward to the present time and Reshma Pathan is set to get the limelight she truly deserves, with ZEE5 Global's new original film, 'The Sholay Girl'. In fact, 'The Sholay Girl' will be available across the world.View this post on Instagram
swipe âºï¸ð#TheSholayGirl #officialtrailer The real story behind Bollywood's iconic stunts! Here's the action-packed trailer of Bollywood's first stunt woman #ReshmaPathan. #sholaygirl Premieres this #InternationalWomensDay, 8th March, only on #ZEE5 #ZEE5Originals Please share ðð
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Recently, the teaser and trailer of the same were released featuring actress Bidita Bag as Reshma, who is also known as 'The Sholay Girl'. It just took one minute for Bidita to stole all our hearts with her perfect portrayal of Reshma Pathan, in her much-deserved biopic.
Today, on occasion of Women's Day, ZEE5 Global is releasing a film that aims solely at reliving the best of the '60s and '70s vicariously through Reshma. From risking her life every day to look after her family to crushing all barriers and making it big in the male-dominated world, the film will take us through the struggles and achievements in the career of Reshma.
Guess we all can say now that it wasn't Jai-Veeru or Gabbar, but Reshma Pathan who was the real action star of 'Sholay'.