The Picayune Ane Knew Nigh Sholay’s ‘Sambha’

You volition inquire me what has this spider web log to create alongside ? Well, I don’t know myself. But it is exactly that I couldn’t resist talking nearly veteran Bollywood side-villain MacMohan. As yous all know yesteryear now, he passed away on Mon inwards Mumbai.

I had ane time interviewed him when I worked for the Indian Express, as well as was posted inwards Shimla. This was inwards the slowly 1980s, as well as MacMohan was shooting for a Hindi celluloid inwards Kufri. In fact, he was quite surprised when I walked upto him, introduced myself, as well as showed my involvement to utter to him. “Are yous certain yous desire to interview me?” he asked me. When I said I desire to, he replied: “It was my dream to endure interviewed yesteryear Indian Express, as well as I knew ane 24-hour interval it would happen.”

I don’t know why, but I had ever felt intrigued yesteryear his popularity hanging on exactly ane dialogue. Even my journalist colleagues were surprised when I told them nearly my keeness to interview MacMohan. But I stood my ground. I don’t know if anyone earlier or later on him has been immortalised for exactly a pocket-sized sentence. As far equally I holler upward he also couldn’t explicate how come upward that ane sentence: “Poorey pachaas hazaar”, took him to that elevation that no one else inwards Bollwood tin ever claim to accept achieved.

Not many would know that MacMohan too found it hard to store inwards Shimla or Bombay earlier beingness mobbed. Don’t forget, he wasn’t fifty-fifty a villain. He was only a side-villain. But in that location was something inwards his personality, peculiarly his bearded face, that somehow stood inwards your mind. People would throng him wherever he went. The side yesteryear side day, later on the interview appeared inwards Indian Express, nosotros went for a pocket-sized stroll on the mall inwards Shimla. We could exclusively walk a few steps before nosotros had to plough dorsum only because nosotros wanted to avoid the crowds.

Well, I am non certain if I am incorrect, but MacMohan could non accomplish what he dreamt about. I holler upward he telling me real clearly that his biggest dream was to emerge from beingness a side-villain to a villain. He wanted to send a Bollywood celluloid on his shoulders equally the principal villain. Please right me if I am wrong. Since I am non a moving-picture exhibit buff I could accept easily missed his achievement.

My sincere condolences to the departed soul.


Sholay’s ‘Sambha’ passes away

Mumbai: Veteran Bollywood instrumentalist Mac Mohan, immortalised inwards the purpose of Gabbar Singh’s sidekick Sambha inwards Ramesh Sippy’s 1975 blockbuster Sholay, died hither on Monday.

The instrumentalist breathed his final at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital inwards suburban Mumbai. He was suffering from cancer, according to infirmary sources.

Mac Mohan, who started his career alongside Haqeeqat inwards 1964, acted inwards over 175 films inwards a memorable career spanning 46 years.

He shot to fame equally the gun-toting dacoit Sambha inwards Sholay. After that he never looked dorsum as well as essayed countless villainous roles inwards films similar Don, The Burning Train as well as Satte Pe Satta.

“No ane could accept suited Sambha’s purpose amend than Mac Mohan. He volition ever endure remembered yesteryear that role,” Mr. Sippy told PTI.

Amjad Khan’s conversations alongside him are amid the most favourite dialogue from the film. Mac Mohan is asked yesteryear Amjad Khan, “Arrey o Sambha, kitna inaam rakhe hain Sarkar hum par?” (Hey Sambha, what is the vantage the Government has placed on my head?) And prompt comes Sambha’s reply, “Poorey pachaas hazaar (altogether Rs.50,000)”.

Javed Akhtar, who penned those famous lines, says exclusively Mac Mohan could accept done judge to them. “The agency he sat on the hillock, overlooking Gabbar’s den, was a sight to behold,” said the seasoned writer-lyricist.