Gadar – Ek Prem Katha released 20 years on this day and its memorable even today thanks to the brilliant performance of Sunny Deol. This film is, in fact, one of the few performances of his glorious career which stands out and is loved by one and all. Even lead actress Ameesha Patel gave her best foot forward.
20 Years of Gadar EXCLUSIVE: “Gadar – Ek Prem Katha ki kahani sunn ke Govinda darr gaye the; I had spoken to many actresses, not just Kajol” – Anil Sharma
However, there have been speculations on the internet that Govinda and Kajol were the original choices for the film. When Bollywood Hungama exclusively spoke to director Anil Sharma on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Gadar – Ek Prem Katha, Anil Sharma set the record straight. He said, “Govinda was never signed for Gadar – Ek Prem Katha. I was directing him in Maharaja (1998). This is when I had narrated Gadar – Ek Prem Katha’s story to Govinda. Toh aisa nahi tha ki maine unko cast kiya tha. Balki woh toh Gadar – Ek Prem Katha ki kahani sunn ke darr gaye the. He was wondering how someone can pull off a film of this kind and scale. This was a time when there was no way of recreating Pakistan; nobody had attempted it for a major part of the film. So Sunny Deol was always the first choice.”
Anil Sharma continued, “As for the female lead, I had spoken to many actresses, not just Kajol. But kuch heroines ko kahani jami nahi, kuch heroines ne kahani suni nahi aur kuch heroines ko kahani samjhi aayi nahi! So yes, we had tried to get the 4-5 actresses who were on top to come on board. When that didn’t work out, we decided to look for other options. We then got 400 entries for the role. Out of these 400, we auditioned more than 40 actresses. And finally, Ameesha Patel bagged the part.”
Gadar – Ek Prem Katha marked the first time that Sunny Deol worked with Anil Sharma. The two formed a great bond and let reunited in The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy (2003), Apne (2007) and Singh Saab The Great (2013). Sunny will also be seen in Anil Sharma’s next, Apne 2, which will also feature the former’s brother Bobby Deol, father Dharmendra and son Karan Deol. The filming is expected to commence in a few months.
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