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

  • After so much search, i don't think there is any more version available rather then your own mentioned.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Jan 6, 2014 at 18:37
  • @AnkitSharma I guess I have even seen a third version as well, but am in doubt. I am inclined towards three. Jan 6, 2014 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, 2014 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
    – user12807
    Jul 20, 2014 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, 2014 at 10:49
  • Question is where can one find the two uncommon endings. Jan 8, 2014 at 17:05
  • @AnkitSharma: The answer to your question is in the very first few words of my answer.
    – Sayan
    Jan 9, 2014 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.
    – Sayan
    Jan 9, 2014 at 5:25
  • No, you got me wrong. You answered the question appropriately. That in the comment above was a different question. Jan 9, 2014 at 6:25

I have seen 3 different ending

  1. Main stream: Thakur about to crush Gabbar's face and police comes by. Thakur stops and Gabbar is arrested.

  2. Thakur crushes Gabbar's face with his shoes. This version has additional scenes showing Ramlal fitting spikes to Thakur's shoes.

3.Thakur kicks Gabbar and Gabbar dies as the metal pierces his heart from his back.

There is true meaning to "Gabbar tere liye to mere pair hi kaafi hai"


It has just two endings.

  1. Where they show gabbar dying
  2. Where they didn't show gabbar dying.

There aren't any other endings.

  • Doesn't adds any additional value to the existing answer.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Mar 2, 2015 at 13:38

I watched two types of endings-

  1. In India on TVs and movie theatre screens Gabbar arrested by police.
  2. In USA, on Netflix dvd I watched Gabbar killed by Thakur.
  • Can you add source to this
    – Panther
    Dec 19, 2016 at 5:26

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