Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh in Sholay

Amjad Khan as Gabbar

Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh in Sholay

If there is a contest to pick the most famous negative character from Indian films, it has to be Gabbar Singh from Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay (1975). Can you believe, Sholay was only the fifth film of Amjad’s career (and the first three starring him only as child artist). His other notable acts are from Muqaddar ka , Suhag, Kaalia, Laawaris etc. Interestingly he starred in many flicks with Amitabh Bachchan.Gabbar Singh, the biggest of all the bad man in Bollywood. Amjad Khan who played Gabbar contributed immensely to the blockbuster success of Sholay. In fact never in his career after Sholay could he recreate the image that the character of Gabbar Singh created. Incidentally he was not the initial choice for the role. Ramesh Sippy had chosen Danny but Danny couldn’t spare dates as he was busy shooting for Dharmatma in Afghanistan. When somebody suggested Amjad Khan for the role. But when the film released Gabbar Singh became the most loved (or hated) villain of all times.

Achievements and Activities: Dacoit, hates Ramgarh and hates Thakur. Enjoys chewing tobacco. Has a taste for gypsy music with bonfire and Helen. Has to his credit some of the most immortal lines of Bollywood history, courtesy Salim Javed. Gabbar is all about lust for money and money for lust. Remember the Mehbooba song.

Gabbar’s revenue model is money taxation from the villagers of Ramgarh. However, he has a special affection for the Thakur’s family. Having almost wiped the entire Thakur family (and well having killed Thakur’s wife and cut his hands -such a shame!) Gabbar didn’t foresee that Thakur would bring two gabrus to battle him. Moreover, he has the best lineup of sidekicks- Sambha , Kaaliya etc. Has special sentiments for Holi- the festival of colors. Some really cool philosophies on life: Jo darr gaya, samjho marr gaya – the one who fears is dead. What can I say about Gabbar or rather, what is left for me to say? He is the hero of Sholay. With a laughter that no one can match, even a spitting motion of Gabbar has been patented. We have had remix versions of songs with those dialogues of his fit in. Even Big B couldn’t pull it off to portray a believable Gabbar. That’s why! A salute to the real Gabbar. Amjad Khan had stars like Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjeev Kumar in front of him. If anyone else was in his place, he would have baulked at taking the challenge. But Amjad held his own. He delivered a truly magnificent performance, which is remembered till date and is scripted in the history of Indian Cinema forever.

Mannerism: Amjad Khan’s Gabbar Singh, was a typical Indian dacoit. He has established his hold on the village of Ramgarh. Gabbar Singh is the Sardar of the Toli and is very crude and cruel in his behaviour. There is no such word as forgiveness in his dictionary and his aim is to rule the village by establishing his terror.

His famous dialogues from the film include “kitne aadmi the”, “ye hath humko dede thakur”, “yaha se pachas pachas kos door gaaon me jab bachcha raat ko rota hai to maa kahti hai beta soja, soja nahi to gabbar singh aa jaayega”. “Jo Darr Gaya Samjho Marr Gaya”. I can go on and on, as his dialogue was delivered in an impeccable style!

Sholay considered to be one the greatest classics of Indian cinema…Watch Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh’s Dialogue thanks to maddiletinaikj.




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