There were reports recently suggesting that Anil Sharma was planning a sequel to his 2002 mega-hit Gadar: Ek Prem Katha the pre-Partition love story about an Indian Sikh (Sunny Deol) following his lady-love into Pakistan after India was divided into two. The film broke many box office records and went on to become the most successful film of Sunny Deol’s career. Now 17 years later the Indian entertainment media suddenly woke up to talks of a sequel to the film.
Sounded far-fetched. The world had moved on since Gadar was released. Back then talk about Indo-Pak amity was encouraged on every platform including cinema where cross-border love stories like Gadar and Veer-Zara were big box office successes. Who would attempt something suggesting a love relationship across the border during these times of cross-border terrorism? Not Sunny Deol, for sure, as he is currently fighting election on a BJP ticket.
When I asked Sunny about Gadar 2 he laughed, “I don’t have time to think of any films right now. I don’t know where this rumour came from.” Director Anil Sharma also denied any immediate plans of a Gadar sequel. Said Sharma, “News hai aati raheti hai. Jab kuch fix hoga I’ll let you know.” That takes care of that.
Gadar Ek Prem Katha was released on the same Friday in 2001 as Ashutosh Gowariker's historic Lagaan. Both were mega-blockbusters. And in fact contrary to belief, Gadar was a bigger success than Lagaan. The film catapulted Sunny Deol to a new phase of stardom. It introduced Ameesha Patel as the female lead. She could not sustain her stardom after Gadar.