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A prequel to 'Sholay' in the making?

Actor-filmmaker Satish Kaushik is planning a film based on a book

Actor-filmmaker Satish Kaushik is planning the prequel of 'Sholay'. The script is based on a book written by Shantanu Dhar of the same name.

Satish Kaushik
Satish Kaushik

Dhar has previously written the book, The Company Red.

Kaushik says, "The book narrates how a policeman, Baldev, becomes Thakur Baldev Singh. It explains why he became a cop to save his village from the dacoit Gabbar."

Though the focus is on Thakur Baldev Singh, Kaushik's film will also have the characters of Jai and Viru (which were played by Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendera). Kaushik adds, "Jai is an unemployed youth who ends up in jail where he meets Viru."

'Sholay'
A still from 'Sholay'

While Dhar informs, "The character of Soorma Bhopali (which was played by comedian Jagdeep) is also part of the story."

Kaushik feels that Ajay Devgn or Salman Khan are best suited for Thakur's role. He is also in talks with 'Sholay 3D' producers Jayantilal Gada and Sascha Sippy about the prequel.

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