Considered to be one of the greatest classics of Indian cinema Sholay had the longest theatrical run when first released in 1975. Sholay (Flames) tells the story of Jai (Amitabh bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra), two small time crooks called in by Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar) to fight the tyranny of Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan). Thakur Baldev Singh is one of the unfortunate victims who list his entire family to Gabbar Singh's violence. It depicts the utter worthlessness of violence as a way of life. At the same time it is also the story of a village community who realize that non-violence does not mean cowardice, and to stand up to terror and lawless killers is the duty of every brave citizen in India.