Amitabh Bachchan reveals Dharmendra almost shot a real bullet at him during ‘Sholay’s climax scene

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‘Sholay’ is one of the iconic films of Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. Big B who is hosting the quiz show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ revealed an interesting anecdote about his film that recently completed 45 years.

In one of the episodes, while talking about shooting the climax scene with Dharmendra, Amitabh told contestant, CRPF DIG Preet Mohan Singh about the trivia. Singh had suggested that during the climax, Dharmendra should have taken more ammunition which might have saved Amitabh’s character Vijay’s life. Then Bachchan revealed that Dharmendra actually almost shot a real bullet at him during the scene.

He said, “When we were shooting for that scene, then Dharam ji was down below and I was on top of the hill. Dharam ji opens a chest and picks up the ammunition. He did it once and was unable to pick up the bullets, did it again and failed again. Dharam ji got very irritated. I don’t know what he did, he put the cartridge in the gun and they were real bullets! He was so irritated about not getting the right shot that he fired the gun. I heard a ‘whooosh’ sound as the bullet went past my ear while I was standing on the hill. He had fired a real bullet. Main bach gaya (I was unhurt). So yes, there were many such incidents during the film and Sholay was indeed a special film.”


Directed by Ramesh Sippy, ‘Sholay’ released in 1975.

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