EXCLUSIVE: As Gadar clocks 20 years, Anil Sharma REVEALS why the film is still fresh in the minds of people
Gadar has clocked 20 years today and in an exclusive interview with director Anil Sharma, he took us down the memory lane about casting Sunny Deol, Ameesha Patel, about the iconic hand-pump scene, and more. Gadar: Ek Prem Katha was the film with the highest footfalls ever and is considered one of the most gigantic blockbusters of all times.
When asked if he expected this kind of response when he was making Gadar, Sharma said, “Har aadmi ki khwahish hoti hain ki Mother India, Mughal-E-Azam, Sholay, Gadar jaisi filmein ban jaye. Toh hum bhi jab bana rahe the, toh humari bhi khwahish thi ki hum badi superhit film banaye aur ishwar isse bharat ki jabse badi hit kar dega, yah toh ishwar ki kripa se hi hota hain. Aaj 20 saal ho gaye aur aaj bhi Gadar ke upar koi film nahi aa payi, toh yeh meri nahi , ishwar ki bas main hain. Toh yeh ho gaya. Gadar ki jo basic aatma hai woh aatma hain Ramayan ki. Identification bohot strong hain aur aap indirectly isse jhudte chale jata hoh. Iska emotions bohot hi tagda tha.” He said that we have grown up listening to Ramayan as how Lord Ram has gone to Lanka to bring back Sita. and it’s a huge emotion, that will remain alive for the years to come.
He added, “It has been produced and directed in a very realistic manner. Films ke emotions humesha contemporary rehta hain aur woh kabhi badalte nahi hain. Isliye aaj bhi woh film utni hi identify karti hain”.
He also spoke making of Gadar and it was interesting. He wants to write a book on the making of the film. It was not easy to create the backdrop of the Partition but everyone in the team contributed to making it successful.
You can watch the full interview of Anil Sharma here.
For the unversed, Gadar was set on the backdrop of Partition of India in 1947. It starred Sunny Deol in the lead role as Tara Singh, and Ameesha Patel who played the Muslim girl, Sakeena. It’s the story of Tara who is a truck driver in pre-independence India, saves Safeena during the Partition, how they fall in love, fight for their love, and how they reunite.