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Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving with today’s video starring Helen dancing to “Mehbooba Mehbooba,” sung by R. D. Burman from Sholay. Here are the LYRICS.

180px-y_gabbar_thakur.jpgSholay (Hindi: शोले, Urdu: شعلے) (advertised in English as fire is the biggest blockbuster in the history of Bollywood, India’s Hindi film industry. It was released in 1975 and starred Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan as the timeless villain, Gabbar Singh. It is the highest grossing film of all time in India. It has earned Rs. 2,36,45,00,000 equivalent to US$ 60 million, after adjusting for inflation. In 1999, BBC India declared it the “Film of the Millennium”; in 2005, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare awards awarded it with a special award called Filmfare Best Film of 50 YearsIndiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films. When first released the film was declared a commercial disaster. Word of mouth convinced movie-goers to give the film a chance and soon it became a box-office phenomenon. It ran for 286 weeks straight (more than five years) in one Mumbai theatre, the Minerva. Sholay racked up a still record 60 golden jubilees across India, and doubled its original gross over reruns during the late 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. Sholay was the first film in the history of Indian cinema to celebrate silver jubilee (25 weeks) at over a hundred theatres across India. To date, more than 1,100 prints of Sholay are in circulation-the highest number for any Hindi film. (wikipedia)

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