Sholay and every character or object from the iconic movie are dear to its millions of fans across the globe. While most of us wouldn’t tolerate even a word against the film, the government is planning to puncture our emotions for yet another infrastructure project.
As a part of the Government’s new plan to construct a six-lane Bengaluru-Mysuru National Highway, the centre is all set to explode the boulder on which Gabbar Singh once placed his foot to deliver the dialogue “kitney aadmi they?”. No you didn’t deliver it right, say it correctly.
Besides the destruction of the rocks, environmentalists also fear that these explosions would cause damage to India’s only vulture sanctuary. The sanctuary, also home to endangered long-billed vulture nests is also an ecologically sensitive zone.
Besides Sholay, the rocks had served a location to David Lean’s 1994 Hollywood film A Passage to India.
The shooting of Sholay began on October 3, 1973, in the backdrops of Ramanagara. The same is a village about 50 km from Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru. The same location in the movie had been named Ramgarh.
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Earlier the Karnataka government had also proposed to erect a Sholay-themed park at Ramadevarabett, however, environmentalists junked the proposal saying it would disturb the eco-sensitive zone where vultures rest.