Sunny Deol, Ameesha Patel and director Anil Sharma are reuniting after 20 years for the sequel of their classic film ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’. Released in 2001, the film had broken several records at the box office. Even after two decades, the epic love story is still loved by the audience. The film was an instant success at the box office. But did you know that it was rejected by the people in the entertainment industry and the critics?
Sunny Deol recently opened up in an interview and said, “When the film was shown to select sets, people found the music and the look of the film outdated. At a trial that we had, I was advised to dub the film in Hindi before releasing it. Picture lagne se pehle, yeh sab ho raha tha. But it didn’t shake our belief in what we had made. I would have owned two territories’ distribution rights if my friends whose sense of judgement I trusted hadn’t thumbed it down. But the day the film was up in the theatres, it won the hearts of the audience. They took a piece of it home and today, it’s their film. The industry and the critics didn’t like our film. Despite the box office numbers, no one acknowledged the film at any award show that year.”
Director Anil Sharma told, “We had over 50 trials and the film was not getting sold. The industry didn’t understand it. There was a distributor who had bought the distribution rights for Gadar… After the first trial with a hundred people in attendance, he said, ‘Mera paisa wapas kar do, mujhe yeh film nahi chahiye.’ I also saw a review which called my film Gutter: Ek Prem Katha. I kept it aside because the public verdict was already pretty clear. Theatres ran packed to capacity for weeks.”
Sunny Deol recently announced Gadar 2, which is scheduled to release in 2022. It will also star Ameesha Patel and Utkarsh Sharma. The film will be directed by Anil Sharma.