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.