Gadar 2 : Old Wine in a New Bottle

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Scene from Gaddar movie

Almost 22 years after the original movie, “Gadar – Ek Prem Katha” was released in 2001, Gadar 2 released today, much to the delight of Sunny Deol and action movie fans in India. Anil Sharma and Sunny Deol had earlier stated that it took them a long time to make a sequel, as they had to make a movie that was relevant to today’s audiences. Have they done that in Gadar 2? Let’s find out!

What’s the story all about?

During the time of the 1971 war between India and Pakistan, Jeete (Utkarsh Sharma) gets abducted and tortured by Pakistani soldiers. His father, Tara Singh (Sunny Deol) sets on a journey to Pakistan to rescue his son from them. The movie is all about Tara Singh’s courage and prowess during this journey, and how he single-handedly brings his son back home.

In the 2001 movie, Tara Singh fought for his Pakistani wife, Sakeena (Ameesha Patel) with her father, Amrish Puri. In his movie, he fights against Paksitani Army General, Manish Wadhwa for his son, Jeete. The fights, Sunny Deol’s powerful, “dhai kilo ka haath” sequences, handpump scenes and his incessant snarling in Gadar 2 will definitely take you back to 2001!

However, the melodrama and action sequences that felt good in 2001 feel a bit outdated in 2023. Considering that we had to wait for 22 years for a sequel, it would have been better if the think tank of Anil Sharma and Sunny Deol had come up with a new concept for their movie.

The Verdict

Go for it only if you are an ardent Sunny Deol fan, or if you like his kind of action movies. Gadar 2, unfortunately, has nothing new to offer, as it is the same story churned out with a different set of villains. We give it a 3 out of 5, merely for the unparalleled screen presence of Sunny Deol.

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