Gadar – Ek Prem Katha was a movie that had emotions, romance, drama, patriotism, action, and music in equal parts. Yet the film is today best known for its action. Even when it comes to the action scenes, the hand pump scene takes over. However, even the climactic scene where Tara Singh (Sunny Deol), wife Sakina (Ameesha Patel), son Jeete (Utkarsh Sharma) and boyfriend Darmiyaan (Vivek Shauq) attempt to return to India from Pakistan while hiding in a bon train was just as powerful and biting. Seeing that kind of grandeur in an action scene which also in 2001 added to the film’s appeal.
Yesterday, Gadar – Ek Prem Katha accomplished 20 years and on this occasion, Bollywood Hungama spoke exclusively with its director Anil Sharma. When this writer how difficult it was to shoot the climax, Anil Sharma first spoke of the difficulties he faced. He revealed, “It was pretty hard to get a train from that era and do some action and stuff on it. It wasn’t easy at all. There was no VFX or CGI back then. So everything had to be done for real. My son Utkarsh played the role of the son of Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel. And for one scene, Sunny sir is supposed to lift Utkarsh and walk to the top of the train, then jump from one compartment to another. Utkarsh was only 5 years old. It was a difficult shoot not only as a director but also as a father. I think it was the first time a director had closed his eyes while filming a shot. I didn’t leave my wife on sets as I wasn’t sure she wouldn’t have allowed it. She is very understanding and does not take unnecessary stress. But I know how tense she would have been until the moment the gunshot didn’t end.
Anil Sharma continued, “As a father I felt very cruel. But what would I have done? When I told Sunny sir about the scene, he said: ‘Principal sambhal loonga‘. Mr. sunny pe mujhe bharosa tha. The train was traveling at a speed of 40 km / h. And Sunny Mr. Utkarsh ko leke ek compartment se leke jaate hai. During those 30-40 seconds, I just couldn’t see what was going on. It was only when I heard the sound of the train stopping that I opened my eyes. I saw that Sunny sir was trying to balance and sit on top of the train, after finishing the shot. And Utkarsh was safe and sound. I breathed a sigh of relief! Even telling you this, I get goose bumps.
Anil Sharma then said, “I want to credit the success of this scene to two people – one is Sunny Sir and the other is Utkarsh, who did it for his father’s sake. He was only 5 years old. Agar uska mann badal jaata, toh main kya kar leta? But he understood that he had to do it for his father. He’s such an obedient child. God bless him!”
Also read: 20 years of Gadar EXCLUSIVE: “I thought in the same way that Lord Hanuman lifted the mountain that had the Sanjeevani booti, Sunny Deol should lift that hand pump” – Anil Sharma
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