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ZEE5's The Sholay Girl with Bidita Bag to be streamed from 8 March

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The ZEE5 original film is based on the life of Hindi cinema's first stuntwoman, Reshma Pathan.

Mayur Lookhar

ZEE5, digital arm of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, will be releasing The Sholay Girl (2019), an original film, on 8 March, International Women's Day.

The film is based on the life of Reshma Pathan, who is said to be Hindi cinema's first stuntwoman. Bouma (2019) actress Bidita Bag plays the role of Pathan.

Speaking to Cinestaan.com, Bag said, "We have many unsung heroes. We talk of women's empowerment, but in our history there are many unsung heroes, especially scientists, on whom films should be made.

"Reshma Pathan is an iconic stuntwoman in the film industry. If it wasn't for her, we perhaps would not have seen a stuntwoman in 'Bollywood'. What better subject can we come up with on [International] Women's Day?"

Though the film's title is The Sholay Girl, Bag said Pathan did stunts and was a body double for not just for Hema Malini, but for all actresses aged between 16 and 80 at the time.

"She wasn't exclusive to Hema Maliniji, but Sholay (1975) was the film that marked a career high," the actress explained. "Pathan had done some work before, but it was with Sholay that she got recognition."

The teaser of The Sholay Girl was released a few days ago. It begins with the famous scene of Basanti (Hema Malini) riding away in her tonga as she is chased by some of Gabbar Singh's dacoits.

One of the wheels of the tonga comes off and Basanti falls to the muddy ground. The scene cuts to an injured Pathan, but the brave woman continues with the shooting. Pathan carries this daredevil attitude to all the sets as seen in the teaser.

The Sholay Girl will be released on 8 March. Watch the teaser below:

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