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Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)

Set during the Partition of India in 1947, a Sikh truck driver falls in love with a Muslim girl belonging to an aristocratic family.

Director:

Anil Sharma

Writer:

Shaktimaan Talwar (as Shaktimaan)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sunny Deol ... Tara Singh
Ameesha Patel ... Sakeena (as Amisha Patel)
Amrish Puri ... Ashraf Ali
Lillete Dubey ... Shabana
Vivek Shaq ... Darmiyaan Singh (as Vivek Shauq)
Utkarsh Sharma ... Charanjeet
Suresh Oberoi ... Taya
Madhumalti Kapoor ... Tayee
Tony Mirrcandani ... Gurdeep
Mushtaq Khan ... Gul Khan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ishrat Ali
Usha Bachani Usha Bachani
Rakesh Bedi ... Vaidya
Abhay Bhargav Abhay Bhargav
Dolly Bindra ... Gul Khan's Wife
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Storyline

Amongst the communal riots that erupt in the city, Tara shelters a wayward Sakina from a crazed mob and a bond that blossoms into love is created. The two eventually get married and have a son. The happy family, now living in Amritsar, gets the shock of their lives when Sakina learns that her father (Amrish Puri), whom she previously believed died in the riots back in Amritsar, is still alive after seeing his picture in a tattered, old newspaper. Upon contacting him, Sakina's father, now the mayor of Lahore in Pakistan, arranges for his daughter to arrive in Lahore to see him. Sakina leaves for Lahore minus Tara and her son, and upon reaching the city, learns of her father's plans for her - plans that include forcing Sakina to forget about her family and start life anew in Pakistan. Then begins an extraordinary journey which will lead Tara to cross the border into Pakistan to find his love Sakina. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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A saga of love during the Indo-Pak partition.

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Action | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Zee Network

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Punjabi

Release Date:

15 June 2001 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Gadar See more »

Filming Locations:

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India See more »

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Budget:

INR 185,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)| Color
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Trivia

It is a world record that 10 crore tickets of gadar were sold as compared to any other film in the world. See more »

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The film shows various members of Sakeena's family singing Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) during pre-partition India (pre-1947). However, this song was first published in 1956. See more »

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Unbalanced!
2 March 2006 | by keval_singhSee all my reviews

i found this film to be biased in its portrayal of the Partition and thus cannot agree that this one can give an insight to someone who has no clue of the events of 1947.

Anil Sharma seems to have been boosting the ego of the Indian populace, or that section rather, which thinks they are so much better than their neighbor. Indeed, this film seems to suggest that the Sikhs (and by extension, perhaps the Hindus as well), are more benevolent compared to the evil Pakistanis who kill without question. then again, Tara saves Sakina only because he knew her from an earlier period and had developed feelings for her. For all its biasness, perhaps a silver lining is a scene where Sakina asks Tara why he saved her when he was out on a hunt for Muslims like the other men who were trying to capture her. On the whole, however, this film seems skewed at a time when other filmmakers are painstakingly trying to convey a notion of amity between the two warring countries.

one such film is Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi's film, Pinjar (2003). this film gives a more balanced perspective of the partition and suggests that the blame cannot be pushed to just one actor. if one needs to get a better understanding of this cataclysmic event, watch Pinjar. if one prefers to rejoice in bashing the Pakistanis for being "evil", then Gadar is something for you. But do not for one moment think that this is the story to believe. It is only a biased account which seeks to poison minds more than mend ties between people who never knew what was coming their way when they bought the national interests of their leaders.


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