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Gadar 2 director Anil Sharma: ‘It is not easy to add heroism while making a realistic film’

The Sunny Deol-headlined action drama has emerged as one of the highest-grossing films of 2023

PTI Mumbai Published 04.09.23, 10:01 AM
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Creating a mass entertainer that is an amalgamation of real and ficition is a daunting task, says "Gadar 2" director Anil Sharma as the film inches closer to Rs 500 crore mark at the box office.

Directed by Sharma, the film is a sequel to his 2001 blockbuster “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha”. It features Sunny Deol as his iconic character Tara Singh along with Ameesha Patel as Sakeena and Utkarsh Sharma as their son Charanjeet Singh.

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The movie, which released on August 11, is still running in the theatres and has earned Rs 493.37 crore till now, emerging as one of the biggest box office success after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is not easy make a mass entertainer. It is difficult because you have to show this larger-than-life hero in a way that whatever he does seems real yet entertaining. While making a realistic movie you can talk to the person and others on whom the story is based, but to add heroism in a film is challenging," Sharma told PTI in an interview.

Referring to the popular the handpump scene from "Gadar", the filmmaker said it is hard to create a situation which makes the hero's actions believable.

"The key is to make things convincing, which is a challenge in terms of writing and shooting,” he added.

Set in 1971, “Gadar 2” follows Tara Singh's journey to Pakistan to rescue his son, Charanjeet Singh from the Pakistani Army.

A section of the audience has called out the film for its "anti-Pakistan" tone, but according to Sharma he is not trying to target Pakistan or an community.

“In the film, we have rather said, 'Hindustan Musalmano ka hai', then how come we are bashing them? We have rather shown that the country belongs to everyone irrespective of one’s religion,” he added.

“Gadar 2” also features Manish Wadhwa and Gaurav Chopra.

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