Sholay, now in 3D


By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, April 8 -- It's official! Mukta Arts, that has been working on expansion plans in the field of technology, is in the process of turning the 1975 classic Sholay into a 3D film. The company that holds a stake in filmmaker Ketan Mehta's Maya Digital has already given a test show to the producers and is planning to make an announcement next month.

Subhash Ghai, filmmaker and owner of Mukta Arts, confirms the news, "Yes, the producers are happy with the results of the test show and we are in discussions to make Sholay's 3D version a reality." Directed by Ramesh Sippy and produced by his father GP Sippy, the film released on August 15, 1975. It opened to a tepid response, but word of mouth publicity eventually turned its fortunes around, making it the first in the history of Indian cinema to celebrate a silver jubilee at over 100 theatres across the country.

It starred Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra as buddies Jay and Veeru, who are petty criminals. Hema Malini played the tonga-driver Basanti. Sanjeev Kumar got into the skin of the armless Thakur and Jaya Bachchan was cast as his widowed daughter-in-law Radha.

Amjad Khan made an unforgettable debut as the dacoit Gabbar Singh. However, Ramesh Sippy is clueless about the recent developments: "I don't know anything about the film being turned into 3D, but my best wishes to whoever is doing so."

Mukta Arts is collaborating with Maya Digital on animation gaming, special effects and turning software and films from 2D to 3D. "Since our partnership was formalised, several production houses have approached us to convert their films into 3D," says Ghai, adding that his company has also tied up with Sony Technologies to promote digital conversion.

"We have set up a centre at Whistling Woods academy last month to promote 3D cameras. We're also making our first 3D animation film under the banner."