By Hindustan Times
After months of waiting, the title of the ‘top movie of the century’ has been decided, and goes to the iconic action drama Sholay (1975), which starred Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan, Amjad Khan and Sanjeev Kumar.
The polling to decide the most iconic Indian film of the past 100 years was done under The Hindustan Times’ initiative, Cinema@100, to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema. In the first round of the contest, based on public voting, 10 movies were shortlisted out of the 100 memorable films of the century.
The celebration moved into the second phase with thousands of votes pouring in from across the country to then choose the most iconic film out of the ten. Ecstatic about Sholay’s win, the film’s director Ramesh Sippy says: “I’m humbled and overwhelmed that Sholay has been titled the top movie of the century in the HT contest.
I’d like to thank everyone who voted for my film.” Not many, especially the young movie-goers know that Sholay was not an instant box-office hit. Its popularity rose, through word of mouth several weeks after its release.
Readers who voted for Sholay are happy that their favourite film has won the honour. “I’m glad I could make it win. I love the way they presented Jai and Veeru’s friendship,” says Prem Chand, 31. Vishal Bhatia, 28, says, “My favourite dialogue from Sholay is ‘Kitney aadmi the’.” Some lucky readers who voted in the contest will win designer T-shirts by Manish Malhotra and Shemaroo DVDs of iconic films.
Top 10 indian movies of past 100 yrs
2. 3 Idiots
3. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
4. Mother India
6. Taare Zameen Par
9. Chak De! India