Sholay ( pronunciation ( help · info ) , meaning ” Embers “) is a 1975 Indian Action – adventure movie , written by Salim-Javed , directed by Ramesh Sippy , and produced by His FatherGP Sippy . The film follows two criminals, Veeru and Jai (played by Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan , respectively), hired by a retired police officer ( Sanjeev Kumar ) to capture the ruthless dacoit Gabbar Singh ( Amjad Khan ). Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri also star, as Veeru and Jai’s love interests. Sholay is considered a classic and one of the best Indian films . It was ranked first in the British Film Institute’s 2002 poll of “Top 10 Indian Films” of all time. In 2005, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare Awards named Best Film of 50 Years .