Sunny Deol starrer Gadar 2 has entered its fourth week in the theatres and even after all this time, the film is holding its own at the box office. The Anil Sharma film took over the box office as it opened with Rs 40.1 crore and after 22 days in the theatres, its collection currently stands at Rs 486.75 crore, as per industry tracker Sacnilk. On its fourth Friday, the film made Rs 4.30 crore at the box office.
Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel starrer was made on a budget of Rs 60 crore, as per filmmaker Anil Sharma. He previously said that lead star Sunny compromised on his fee for the movie since they were operating with a limited budget.
Gadar 2 is the sequel of 2001 film Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. Back in 2001, Gadar was one of the biggest hits of the year along with Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Dil Chahta Hai and Lagaan. Gadar 2’s essence is very similar to its predecessor where Sunny’s Tara Singh ends up in Pakistan to fight for his loved ones.
In a recent interview, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap spoke to Bollywood Hungama and praised the marketing of the film. He said, “I think there was a great marketing that was done, and plus, Gadar holds a lot of nostalgia. I think people forget that. Gadar came with Lagaan and Dil Chahta Hai. And Gadar’s numbers were two times the combined numbers of those two films. Gadar has had the largest footfalls… When I say the marketing is so good, I mean the marketing has recreated the nostalgia for Gadar. The entire marketing of Gadar 2 was Gadar 1.”
He appreciated the film on not creating “a divide between communities” and said, “What I am happy about is that the filmmakers of both OMG 2 and Gadar 2 did not use it as an opportunity to create rift or a divide between communities. This is what happens with many films and opportunists today. It was responsible mainstream filmmaking. It did not create any kind of chaos, or any unnecessary animosity or hatred.”