A whirlwind sequel, Gadar 2, featuring the charismatic Sunny Deol at the forefront, has taken the cinema realm by storm. The helm of Anil Sharma’s directorial prowess has steered this cinematic venture into a stratosphere of financial triumph, amassing an astounding sum that exceeds Rs 400 crore within the Indian subcontinent.
This colossal achievement has solidified its position as the third-highest grossing Hindi film on the Indian landscape, trailing only behind the monumental Pathaan and the epic saga Baahubali 2 (Hindi). The roots of this film trace back to the iconic predecessor, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, a cinematic masterpiece that graced the screens a staggering 22 years ago.
Yet, amidst the resounding applause, critical voices have emerged, characterizing the film as ‘anti-Pakistan’. Engaging in dialogue with the BBC Asian Network during a recent interview, the luminary Sunny Deol eloquently responded to this aspect. In his words, “Perceive it as a political construct, predominantly.
The core essence extends beyond mere individuals, for at the end of the spectrum, shared humanity prevails. Regardless of geographical distinctions, unity is paramount. One shall observe, throughout the fabric of the film, my refusal to denigrate any individual, for my principles resonate against such disparagement. Tara Singh, the character I embody, embodies nobility of spirit.”
Expanding upon the topic of the film’s release within the backdrop of a “politically charged milieu, entangling questions of religious identity,” Sunny Deol articulated his perspective, stating, “Collectively, our yearning is for tranquility. The turmoil we witness should be but an alien notion. The paradigm must shift, enabling political agendas to transcend the pursuit of votes, liberating them to embrace a global panorama.”
Intriguingly, the discourse continued to navigate the actor’s own political affiliation, given his role as a BJP Member of Parliament from the illustrious Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency. The intersection of his cinematic persona and political identity prompted inquisitive queries.
With candor, Sunny Deol embraced his role, asserting, “An undeniable facet of my reality it is, a cog within the machinery. Yet, every individual is endowed with a distinct lens. Personal beliefs and sentiments, I tread cautiously, a realm not for public consumption. The intention is preservation, safeguarding against offense, maintaining equilibrium amidst diverse perspectives.”