Sunny Deol reveals Gadar was thumbed down during an early screening before release: 'Yaar yeh dated lag rahi hai'
Gadar was thumbed down during an early screening
Sunny Deol and filmmaker Anil Sharma are all set to being back the magic of Gadar to the theatres with a sequel. The actor who played Tara Singh in the film spoke about the blockbuster which released two decades ago. Sunny has revealed that when Gadar was released the film was called dated by a lot of people after an early viewing of the film, he added that he liked the product and decided not to change anything despite the negative reactions.
“Humne toh ji wo banaya jo humein accha lag raha tha. When the film was shown to select sets, people found the music and the look of the film outdated, but we loved it. 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. The initial reaction was, ‘Yaar yeh dated lag rahi hai’. I would have owned two territories’ distribution rights if my friends whose sense of judgement I trusted hadn’t thumbed it down,” Sunny told Times of India.
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The film unlike the early critique, Gadar turned out to be an all time blockbuster despite its clash with Aamir Khan’s Lagaan. Sunny further spoke about the film’s grand box office success and added, “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. Sharmaji and I are not the kind of people who go to places and discuss a film. By the time Gadar: Ek Prem Katha was released, I was already shooting something else. The film did all the talking by itself. To this day, the film works great numbers on TV and people still enjoy the innocence and the heartfelt emotions of the movie. I have done so many films and I always like to go with my heart.”
Sunny Deol, Ameesha Patel and Utkarsh Sharma are now reuniting for Gadar 2 which will go on floors soon. The makers had released the first poster of the movie recently and fans are excited and curious to see what this new chapter brings after two decades.