In Sunny Deol Movies list – “Gadar Ek Prem Katha” have its special place. Till now, in his three decade career Sunny Deol gave his life time performance in the all-time Blockbuster film “Gadar Ek Prem Katha”. The film released on 15th June 2001. At the time of release even the producer director or star cast had no idea that it will be such a great success. It was an office phenomenon and sold more tickets at theaters in India than any film in history apart from Sholay (1975). It is in list of “Biggest Blockbusters Ever in Hindi Cinema”. Gadar is the third highest grossing film in Bollywood history in India & fifth highest worldwide when inflation is taken into account. With this film, Deol was nominated for the Film fare Best Actor Award.
The story of this film is loosely based on the real life of Boota Singh.
The Deol played the role of truck driver. In the film he played both the role of a romantic lover as well as an action man brilliantly. His role as the daft Jat is very convincing. Directed by Anil Sharma, it is set in 1947. The Partition has long since been a subject for passionate film-making. But very few films can actually claim to have captured the horror objectively and well. Gadar – Ek Prem Katha, for its part, comes as a surprise – because it is a fine mix of beautifully capturing what happened in 1947 in the first half, and completely blowing it out of proportion in the second.
The story begins with a united India, where Sakeena (Amisha Patel), a girl from a gentle, rich Muslim family, is studying at a convent school in Shimla. Tara Singh (Sunny Deol) is a truck driver who fetches supplies to the school. After a silly prank, a friendship develops between the two.
In Partition Sakeena’s family, headed by Ashraf Ali (Amrish Puri) departs amidst the riots for Lahore. Sakeena gets left behind in the melee, and is found and sheltered by Tara. She goes on to change her religion and marries him. The couples have a son together and are happy.
After a good seven-odd years, Sakeena chances upon a picture of her father in the newspaper and realises that her family is alive and well. This is the movie pre-intermission.
The plot begins to shudder and shake with ominous sounds when Ashraf Ali’s plans for Sakeena are revealed — that her marriage is something best forgotten, and that she ought to studiously concentrate on a political career, since his only heir, his son, was killed in the post-Partition riots. Sakeena, of course, wants no part of it. She simply wants to go home to her husband and son. But her father tries to force her into a ‘respectable’ marriage with a Muslim. At this point, her husband arrives like an avenging angel to save her.
While the family, along with Tara’s faithful stooge Darmiyan Singh, are escaping on a train to Rajasthan, Ashraf Ali calls in the armed forces to stop them. And all forces combined cannot stop the train, which keeps running; it appears, on the sheer strength of Tara’s determination.
The film has been nominated for many Filmfare Awards.