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20 Years of Gadar EXCLUSIVE: “We were inspired by Ramayana; Amrish Puri takes Ameesha Patel to Pakistan in an aeroplane, just like how Ravana kidnapped Sita in Pushpak Viman” – Anil Sharma | 20 Years of Gadar EXCLUSIVE: Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel’s Gadar – Ek Prem Katha was actually inspired by Ramayana, Director Anil Sharma explained the epic connection – Bollywood News in Hindi

15 June 2001 is not a normal day for Hindi cinema. This is the same day when Sunny Deol, Amrish Puri and Ameesha Patel’s blockbuster film Gadar – Ek Prem Katha was released. Gadar, directed by Anil Sharma, created history with its success. The story of the film revolves around a Sikh man marrying a Pakistani Muslim girl during Partition. As Gadar completes 20 years of its release today, the film’s director Anil Sharma has an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama.

Sunny Deol’s Gadar – Ek Prem Katha completes 20 years

Anil Sharma told many unheard facts related to Gadar which hardly anyone would know. Also told the epic connection of the film with Ramayana.

Do you remember the film completing 20 years?

Yes, I remember it. I got many calls. Zee Studios has also made special plans for its celebration. Celebrating 20 years is a really special occasion. Even today it seems as if the film has just released.

How Gadar – Ek Prem Katha started? Was this the idea of ​​author Shaktimaan Talwar?

Initially, we were planning for a different film. It was going to be a multi-starrer film. The sub-plot of this film was the love story of a Pakistani girl and a Kashmiri boy. We were about to make a film with this sub-plot that Shaktimaan Talwar ji narrated the real life story of Buta Singh to me. It was a sad story but we dropped the idea of ​​making a multistarrer film and then decided to make Gadar – Ek Prem Katha inspired by Buta Singh’s story. We were also inspired by Ramayana for this. Lord Rama, who is there, goes to Lanka to pick up Sita and Luv and Kush say “bring my mother back”. I knew this story would be loved by children across the country. They will not even know and the film will touch their hearts. So you see, Gadar – a love story is actually another form of Ramayana. Did you see in the interval point that Villain (Amrish Puri) takes Ameesha Patel to Pakistan in a plane, just like Ravana kidnapped Sita in Pushpak Viman!

The important USP of Gadar – Ek Prem Katha – was its music and background score.

Yes, Uttam Singh ji did wonders. Even the words of Anand Bakshi sahib were very strong. Today, I remember 3 people who contributed invaluable to the success of the film – Anand Bakshi, Amrish Puri ji and Vivek Shouk. I wish these three actors were present today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gadar-Ek Prem Katha.

I had seen Gadar-Ek Prem Katha in Getty-Galaxy and some scenes made the audience go crazy. Did you go to the cinema hall to know the reaction of the audience?

I still remember what ruckus I saw in the theatre. I went to Maratha Mandir cinema when the first show at 3:00 pm was going on. Next to me was the executive director of the theater Manoj Desai. And when that dialogue came, “There are more Muslims in India than in this country. This is what their lips and heart beats always say – Hindustan Zindabad! So is he not a true Muslim? Believe it or not, I saw a thousand people standing from their seats applauding! Manoj Desai ji held my hand and asked me, “What magic have you done?” There was frenzy everywhere. The theater used to run 8 shows a day. There were shows at 3:00 in the morning and also at 6:00 in the morning. The theater had a capacity of a thousand people and yet, they used to accommodate 2000 people in a show! Those footfalls are historic. Even after 20 years, no film has been able to break such a record.

Although some film critics did not like the film and wrote negative reviews about it…

Let me tell you an interesting story. The day my film was released around 10 am, I got a call from a theater owner in Orissa. He was trembling and he said, “Hey sir, what film have you made? Chairs will break in the theater” I asked, “What happened?” So to what he said, “People are throwing money on the screen. And there are 3000 people standing outside the theatre.” I asked, how did this happen? He replied, “Those who are inside, called and called. These people who are standing outside, they now want to enter inside. My theater will be broken!” He was so excited. I ended the call and then I picked up the newspaper. In that my review of the film was titled ‘Gutter: Ek Prem Katha’! I didn’t even bother to read the reviews as I knew the general public accepted my film wholeheartedly.

While critics slammed the film, on the other hand the audience loved it…

No. It’s not like that . Some film critics also liked my film very much. Not all critics in India are bad. Sensibility of some critics was good. So he wrote well about the film. The sensibility of some critics is ridiculous, so they wrote ridiculous things about the film.

Recently there were reports that Gadar 2 will be made. is it true?

The whole world wants to see the sequel. But Gadar 2 is a bomb – of story, of emotions, of love story and of relationships. The day that bomb comes in my hands, I will explode!

Lastly, which is your favorite scene and favorite song from Gadar – Ek Prem Katha?

The scene where Utkarsh sings ‘Udja Kale Kava’ at the end is quite heartwarming. Also, in the scenes where Sunny sings the same song, Ameesha comes running, and Sunny tells Ameesha, “Tu ho gayi sikhni”. And as far as the best song is concerned, it is ‘Udja Kale Kava’



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