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How many different endings does the movie Sholay have?

I know of one in the ending of which Thakur uses a shoe containing nails to destroy Gabbar's hand. There is definitely a second one which I have seen but can't recall. But I guess there are three.

Wikipedia: Alternative version

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After so much search, i don't think there is any more version available rather then your own mentioned. –  Ankit Sharma Jan 6 at 18:37
    
@AnkitSharma I guess I have even seen a third version as well, but am in doubt. I am inclined towards three. –  Bleeding Fingers Jan 6 at 19:44
    
I didn't even know about the second till you asked this question, So it might be. Lets see. –  Ankit Sharma Jan 6 at 19:46
    
The version where Gabbar gets killed (impaled) is available on YouTube. This was not passed by Censor board hence the one we all saw in the movie –  Shashank Jul 20 at 14:28

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An old timer (who was present at a private screening) once told me that in the "original" ending of the movie, Gabbar (Amjad Khan) rolls off the boulders and lands on iron rod(s) when kicked by Thakur (Sanjeev Kumar). He is impaled on them or is seriously injured, leading to his death.

However, this ending was considered too soft and didn't exactly give a meaningful conclusion to what was supposed to be a revenge saga. Moreover, the producers thought that this ending will not stir the emotions of the audience as the ending was too, well chancey!

This led to Ramesh Sippy shooting the next version in which Thakur kills Gabbar. And then there is the censored alternate version, mentioned in Wikipedia.

Hence, Total count of different endings = 3

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Where did you got to know this. –  Ankit Sharma Jan 8 at 10:49
    
Question is where can one find the two uncommon endings. –  Bleeding Fingers Jan 8 at 17:05
    
@AnkitSharma: The answer to your question is in the very first few words of my answer. –  KeyBrd Basher Jan 9 at 5:22
    
@BleedingFingers: I am sorry but I thought this post was about finding the number and different endings for the movie. Please do correct me if I am wrong! Nevertheless, this is something based purely on hearsay and I personally don't hold a cut of the mentioned original version. –  KeyBrd Basher Jan 9 at 5:25
    
No, you got me wrong. You answered the question appropriately. That in the comment above was a different question. –  Bleeding Fingers Jan 9 at 6:25

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