Gadar Re-Release: 2 Decades Later, Sunny Deol's 'Dhai Kilo Ka Haath' Falls Short To Invoke Patriotism

June 10,2023

Gadar: Ek Prem Katha re-releases in theatres today and it meant revisiting the movie. Ahead of the sequel to Sunny Deol, Ameesha Patel starrer releasing in August this year, I decided to re-watch the movie as a millennial. And well, it is safe to say that there's been quite a shift in thoughts from how the movie felt v/s how it feels now.

That the movie is from a time of partition, is no secret, and by default, it therefore screams all things jingoism. However, with its over the top dialogues (some even iconic), Sunny Deol's Tara Singh's hand pump, and hyper-nationalism, the movie is reduced to being an anti-Pakistan film. While those sentiments still find room in the hearts of many and in cricket matches, Gadar is too-in-the face in showing how Hindus are right, more accepting of both communities while Muslims are not, and of course, always wrong.