The Sholay Girl: 5 Reasons Why The Story Of India’s First Stunt Woman Is A Must Watch

Aayushi Sharma

March 8, 2019


1 min

1. The Sholay Girl is the story of India's first stunt woman

Action has always been one of the most watched genres across cinema in India. Although we are familiar with the concept of body doubles performing daredevil stunts for actors in the current times, the same wasn’t exactly perceived of the ex-cine Kings and queens. The audience, in the early 70s and 80s, assumed it was the hero or heroine of the film doing those high-octane scenes. Little did we know about stuntmen then, let alone about India’s first stunt woman, Reshma Pathan aka The Sholay Girl.

Elbowing aside the men who used to perform chase and fight sequences for heroines, Reshma became the IT girl when it came to picking a body double for female stars. She grew up on a pavement in Mumbai’s Flora Fountain, and thus, did all it took to shift her family from the road to inside a proper home. The scene where Gabbar Singh’s men are chasing Basanti in Sholay, and the wheels of her Tonga come off was performed by Reshma for Hema Malini. Her stint in the film earned her the title of ‘The Sholay Girl.’ Despite the injuries she suffered during the shoot of Sholay, Karz and many other films, Reshma never said no to any project she was offered

ZEE5’s new Original, The Sholay Girl, traces the journey of this lesser famous icon, Reshma. For those who still need convincing, here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss the 1 hour 25-minute long film. Not only Reshma performed stunts for several A-list heroines of the era gone by, including Hema Malini, Dimple Kapadia and even the legendary Meena Kumari, but she was the first of her kind. If not for her ill health, you’d still see her jump off buildings and land safely on her feet.

2. The Sholay Girl features Bidita Bag as Reshma Pathan

Bidita Bag, of Babumoshai Bandookbaaz fame, will be seen in and as The Sholay Girl in the ZEE5 Original. Bidita shot to fame for her role in the Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer, and was appreciated for her no-holds-barred performance. Her raw talent piques our interest further for this Bong beauty makes for a promising face!

3. Watch out for adrenaline-pumping scenes in The Sholay Girl

Once during a stunt, Reshma fell from a cliff and was hospitalised for several days! ZEE5 Original The Sholay Girl offers a fresh perspective to the classics we have all grown up watching. Revisit some of the iconic stunts and action scenes, as we envision Reshma instead of the film’s heroines. Rest assured, the action will keep you at the edge of your seat, leaving you biting your nails.

4. The Sholay Girl has been directed by Aditya Sarpotdar

Aditya Sarpotdar is an Indian Marathi film director and costume designer best known for his blockbuster film Classmates. Having helmed films like Faster Fene and Riteish Deshmukh-starrer Mauli, Aditya’s body of work definitely makes us excited to see what he has in store for us in The Sholay Girl.

5. The Sholay Girl is a tribute to woman power

A ZEE5 Original film, The Sholay Girl as a biopic is a tribute to woman power. Relive the iconic stunts of Bollywood through the eyes of Reshma Pathan.

So what are you waiting for? Tune into to ZEE5 and watch The Sholay Girl with your girl squad and others right away! There couldn’t be a better way to celebrate Women’s Day, we bet.

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