Director Ramesh Sippy’s Reflections on Crafting ‘Sholay’ as it Tops Film Companion’s BIFF List, Legendary Director Expresses Gratitude as ‘Sholay’ Tops the BIFF List
In a heartwarming tribute to the enduring legacy of Indian cinema, Anupama Chopra’s Film Companion recently unveiled its inaugural ‘Best Indian Films Forever’ (BIFF) List, an ode to the ten greatest Indian films of all time. Crafted through the collective insights of over 150 passionate cinephiles, including filmmakers, actors, technicians, writers, and critics, the BIFF List draws from a diverse selection of mainstream and regional films. Seizing the coveted top spot on this prestigious lineup is none other than Ramesh Sippy’s iconic action-adventure masterpiece, ‘Sholay,’ which celebrates an impressive 48 years since its release. Starring an ensemble cast of cinematic luminaries, including Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan, and Mac Mohan, ‘Sholay’ stands as a timeless gem, continuing to enthrall audiences and etch its name in the annals of Indian cinema.
Expressing his heartfelt appreciation, the acclaimed filmmaker Ramesh Sippy conveyed his gratitude to the film community, remarking, “I’m at a loss for words to express my gratitude to the entire film industry, every segment that participated in voting for this prestigious list. Being a part of this Top Ten list is an immense honor for me. I extend my heartfelt thanks to each and every individual associated with ‘Sholay,’ from the biggest to the smallest contributor. Every single person played a role. Without their collective efforts, this achievement would not have been possible. I cherished every moment of creating ‘Sholay.’ Although it demanded relentless hard work, I relished every moment of it. As I see ‘Sholay’ secure its place in the Top Ten, I hope that all of you cherished it as much as I did. Thank you.”
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In a parallel development, Film Companion has taken a step further by inviting audiences to participate in the People’s Edition of #BIFFList2023. Enthusiastic moviegoers now have the opportunity to cast their votes and champion their favorite films, contributing to the celebration of India’s cinematic excellence.
Ramesh Sippy‘s sentiments echo the profound impact ‘Sholay’ has had on both the Indian film landscape and the hearts of millions of cinephiles. As the movie continues to reign supreme on the BIFF List, its legacy remains an indelible testament to the artistry and dedication that define Indian cinema.