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Journey Of Gadar: Ek Prem Katha- Some Lesser Known Facts About This Iconic Film


Gadar 2, an Indian Hindi- film with action and history is now breaking records. It earned a huge amount of Rs 168.18 crore in just four days after it hit the theaters. This movie continues the story from the first “Gadar” and tells us about a real hero’s life. But before we get carried away with “Gadar 2,” let’s remember how amazing the first part was – it got everything started for this big story.


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Here are some lesser-known facts about Gadar: Ek Prem Katha

The first part of “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha” is steeped in lesser-known details that add depth to its narrative. The film loosely draws inspiration from the life of Boota Singh, it weaves around his love story with a girl named Zainab. Their relationship unfolds against the backdrop of his heroic rescue during the post-partition communal riots.


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Anil Sharma, who came up with the ideas for the movie, got inspired by the Punjabi film ‘Shaheed-e-Mohabbat,’ which had a similar interesting story. When his movie ‘Gadar‘ was released in 2001, it was competing with the famous movie ‘Lagaan.’ But ‘Gadar’ became the winner in terms of making a lot of money and winning the love of people all over India.


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A big achievement happened when ‘Gadar’ was shown in 350 movie theaters after it came out. This was a record back then and showed how much people liked it. Ameesha Patel wasn’t supposed to play the role of Sakeena at first. They were thinking about Kajol, but she said no. Because of that, Ameesha got the chance out of a hundred people who tried out for the part. It’s interesting that Ameesha also tried out for ‘Lagaan,’ but she didn’t get chosen.


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Sources speculate that Anil Sharma toyed with the idea of casting Govinda for the lead role, but Sunny Deol ultimately stepped into the spotlight. This decision proved pivotal for Sunny, as the film became a defining moment in his career, catapulting him to newfound fame.


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Despite its portrayal of Pakistan, the movie’s scenes were crafted in Indian locales like Lucknow, Amritsar, Shimla, and Pathankot. Crafted with a budget of ₹19 crores, ‘Gadar’ soared to a remarkable ₹100 crores worldwide, a testament to its colossal success. Adjusted for inflation, this feat assumes even greater significance.


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The film etched its name into history by selling a staggering 10 crore tickets, standing tall as a world record unmatched by any other cinematic venture. Notably, Soni Razdan’s rejection of the role of Shabana due to scheduling constraints led to the inclusion of Lilette Dubey in the cast.


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“Gadar: Ek Prem Katha” transcends the boundaries of a cult classic, inspiring a new generation of filmmakers to aspire to its stature. The legacy of the first part remains a beacon of cinematic excellence, creating a higher bar for the arrival of ‘Gadar 2.’ 


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