Tuesday, August 28, 2007

RGV Ki Aag has a huge legacy to follow

The highly talented filmmaker, Ram Gopal Varma, is all ready to set the screen on fire with his Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag which he claims is his tribute to Sholay.

However Ramu has a huge legacy to follow as Ramesh Sippy's Sholay, which released on Independence day 1975, was a slow starter (surprisingly) during the initial weeks, but it went on to create box office history during its later run.

Released initially with 250 prints, it finally ran with a record breaking 1100 prints.

In the process, Sholay had a total earning of 23 crores, 64 lakhs and 50 thousand rupees. Sholay celebrated silver jubilee at 100 cinemas and golden jubilee at 60 cinemas, spread across the country. The movie still collects impressively, even in its umpteenth re-run (especially during the festive periods).

Here is hoping that Ramu (who claims to be the biggest fan of Sholay) makes a worthy tribute by way of his RGV Ki Aag.

The movie releases this Friday and boasts of some of the biggest names in the country, like megastar Amitabh Bachchan, South superstar Mohanlal, the highly versatile Ajay Devgan and the talented Sushmita Sen.

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