One of the most significant movies in Sunny Deol’s career, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha continues to hold a special place in the hearts of Indian audiences, even 22 years after its release.
Set against the backdrop of the partition era, the film follows the journey of a Sikh man and a Muslim woman who was meant to migrate to Pakistan with her family. Amidst the tense circumstances, they find solace in each other, having been college mates, and eventually, their bond deepens into love.
As the actor prepares for the release of the film’s sequel, Gadar 2, he expressed his views on cross-border love stories, advocating for people to embrace and respect others’ choices in how they lead their lives.
While conversing with Aaj Tak, the interviewer directed Sunny Deol’s attention to the subject by bringing up the names of Seema Haider, a Pakistan resident who came to India to marry her “lover” from Greater Noida, and Anju, who crossed the international border to be with her Pakistani “friend”.
When asked if his films were motivating people to engage in relationships across borders, Sunny Deol chuckled and responded, “I don’t believe so… Nowadays, technology facilitates people meeting through apps. Once they develop feelings for each other, they naturally want to meet and be together. Instead of criticising or concerning ourselves with such matters, we should respect their choices, as it’s their personal life. Whether it’s right or wrong is for them to decide.”
He also mentioned that he seldom keeps up with the news. “Since my childhood, I’ve rarely read newspapers or watched the news. I used to focus solely on the sports pages. News has become more like a commodity now.”
Indicating his independent way of living and confessing unfamiliarity with the concept of camps, he remarked, “I have no idea how to play the flattery game, and I don’t know what camps in the industry are. I have no desire to become that type of actor. My aspiration is simple: if you appreciate me, I’ll be here; if you don’t, then I won’t. My presence is determined by my talent; if I possess the art, I’ll be present; if not, I won’t. I acknowledge and embrace reality, so I steer clear of living in a fabricated world.”
Helmed by Anil Sharma, who directed the first instalment too, Gadar 2 stars Ameesha Patel, Utkarsh Sharma, Manish Wadhwa and Gaurav Chopra in the lead roles. The film will hit the screens on August 11, 2023.