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New Delhi: Ramesh Sippy’s iconic Sholay completes 40 years on 15 August. A look at what the stars who played various characters in the blockbuster are doing now.

Dharmendra (Veeru): The He-Man of the Hindi film industry is still remembered for his charm. From the resilience of Satyakam (1969) to the comic turn in Chupke Chupke (1975), there was little he couldn’t do. Though he has mostly been away from the screen for some time now, he is seen in films with his family and children. Apne (2007) and the Yamla Pagla Deewana series (2011 and 2013) with his sons, Sunny and Bobby Deol and Hema Malini’s directed Tell Me O Kkhuda (2011) with daughter Esha are some of these films. His last release was the Gippy Grewal-Tina Ahuja starrer Second Hand Husband this year.

Amitabh Bachchan (Jai): Bachchan went from strength to strength after hits like Sholay and Deewar in the ’70s. His reign continued till the early ’90s. After a brief sabbatical, he returned for a second innings with Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein (2000). He also conquered the small screen with Kaun Banega Crorepati, India’s most popular quiz show. This year, he won many hearts in Shoojit Sarkar’s Piku. He now awaits the release of Wazir, co-starring Farhan Akhtar, directed by Bejoy Nambiar.

Sanjeev Kumar (Thakur Baldev Singh): The National Award-winning actor attempted and nearly mastered all film genres in the ’70s and ’80s. His roles in films, as disparate as Mausam (1977) and Angoor (1983), remain memorable. Or Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi. Sadly ironic for an actor who mainly played older characters is the fact that he died at 47 years of age in 1985, following a massive heart attack.

Hema Malini (Basanti): The actor and Bharatnatyam dancer went on to do several successful films and dance dramas. She turned director with Dil Aashna Hai in 1991 which incidentally launched superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Her second and last film as director was Tell Me O Kkhuda (2011), starring daughter Esha Deol and husband Dharmendra. She is currently Member of Parliament from the Mathura constituency for the Bharatiya Janta Party.

Jaya Bachchan (Radha): The diminutive actor took a long sabbatical from films after Silsila that released in 1981. She returned in the late ’90s with Govind Nihlani’s Hazar Chaurasi Ki Maa and went on to do some other character roles in films including Fiza (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001) and Kal Ho Na Ho (2003). Apart from occasional film appearances, she is also a Rajya Sabha member for the Samajwadi Party.

Amjad Khan (Gabbar): After having shot to fame as Gabbar Singh, Amjad Khan played several popular negative characters in films like Naseeb (1981) and Satte Pe Satta (1982). Following a near-fatal accident in 1986, he battled severe weight issues and succumbed to heart failure in 1992. Several of his films were released after his death.

Asrani (Jailer): The veteran comedian has appeared in several Hindi and Gujarati films besides directing six movies himself. His roles in films like Bawarchi (1972), Chupke Chupke (1975) and Rafoo Chakkar (1975) are still remembered. He continues to work in Hindi movies and was recently seen in Himmatwala (2013) and R..Rajkumar (2013).

A.K. Hangal (Imaam saheb): The former freedom fighter played the wise elderly man in several films in the 1970s and ’80s. His turn in Parichay (1972), Bawarchi (1972), Chitchor (1976) down to Meri Jung in 1985 are still remembered. A lifetime member of the Communist Party of India, he passed away in 2012 at the age of 98, following a respiratory illness.

Sachin Pilgaonkar (Ahmed): Apart from doing some Hindi films as leading man, Sachin has directed and produced several Marathi films and Hindi television shows. Along with wife Supriya Pilgaonkar, he won the first season of the reality dance show Nach Baliye.

Leela Mishra (Mausi): The ultimate elderly aunt of Bollywood, Leela Mishra played memorable character roles in films like Parichay (1972), Saudagar (1973) and Baton Baton Mein (1979). She passed away in 1988 at the age of 80, following a heart attack.

Mac Mohan (Sambha): The legendary character actor played memorable roles in films like Don (1978), Karz (1980) and Satte Pe Satta (1982). He passed away in 2010 owing to lung cancer.

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Lata Jha

Lata Jha covers media and entertainment for Mint. She focuses on the film, television, video and audio streaming businesses. She is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. She can be found at the movies, when not writing about them.
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