The film needed far better action sequences, but the emotion of the ‘prem katha’ is maintained right through, and it’s nice to see good masala-movie writing again.
Some six years after a stubborn Amrish Puri finally relented and let his daughter go – with the words, ” Jaa Simran jaa” – we had another blockbuster where a stubborn Amrish Puri finally relented and let his daughter go: in effect saying “Jaa Sakina jaa.” Both DDLJ and Gadar were blockbusters, and yet one film is still revered today while the other… not many talk about it, let alone write books and make documentaries about it. At least by the establishment, Gadar has generally come to be dismissed as a product of its time – but watching it again shows how powerful it is, how fresh it is. For one, how many films show the hero as a bloodthirsty Muslim-killer in his very first appearance? Later, his Muslim wife says, “Tum bhi to musalmaanon ko maar rahe the na – to mujhe kyon chhod diya?” And he realises that hatred and rage can grip you when your relatives and friends are massacred, but love sets you free. Hence the unusual title, Gadar: Ek ‘Prem Katha’. It’s an action film, but it’s built on a love story.
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