Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
Gadar is a once-in-a-lifetime thing! There are so many great directors out there who have been in the industry for ages, they have made big films, good films, but they fail to leave a mark, make a movie that would be remembered probably for 100 years. Today Gadar has completed 15 years, but it feels like it was just yesterday when the movie was released. It feels so great to receive this kind of love and adulation from the people. I just saw the trend on twitter and the kind of love that the movie has been receiving is phenomenal, it is so humbling! Someone was just telling me that Gadar is like wine, it keeps on getting better with age.
I knew the movie would do well, but the fact that it became a blockbuster was something that I had not thought of. Gadar was a team effort, and that is what I think made it so successful. Be it Sunny’s acting, Uttamji’s music, Bakshi sahib's lyrics, it all fit in beautifully together to make the movie better. Like I said, we knew the movie would do well or even become a blockbuster. There was so much passion and energy on the sets when we were shooting. Everyone was passionate and wanted to give their 100% to the film. It was very exciting and fascinating to create a set in the 1940’s and 1950’s, it had to be believable!
We wanted a very fresh pairing, for which we auditioned some 500 girls and Ameesha fit the bill perfectly. Ameesha was only one-film old, we did six months of the workshop with her to get her into the skin of the character. She was very dedicated and hard-working, so much so that after the workshop we started calling her Sakina on the sets.