Gadar 2 : Oxygen for dying cinema halls of Assam 

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Guwahati: Sunny Deol starred Gadar 2 is proving as oxygen for the dying cinema halls of Assam. 

On Sunday a big crowd of cinema fans was seen across the state especially in afternoon and evening shows .

Many cinema halls of Assam has been closed down pre and post COVID-19 pandemic. They are turned now either as auditorium, cold storage or a marriage hall .

” The cinema is good . You can see the people with their entire family members and children reaching to watch it . Not only this it bridges the generation gap also . ” Mishti Goswami, a cine lovers who was in her 50 told BOROK TIMES 

after coming out the show break in the evening at Arora Cinema Hall in Tinsukia district of upper Assam. 

” Such cinema can help the cinema halls to survive during this challenging period. ” Mishti added .

Assam has a sizable population of Hindi film lovers. It has seen protest against hindi cinema also several times in past here .

Tara Singh (Sunny Deol) once again takes out his high-decibel gaddi to Pakistan in this faithful sequel to Gadar. It is not as provocative as the original as driver Anil Sharma seeks to take a middle path. Perhaps, it feels like that because the socio-political atmosphere outside the theatre has become much more dramatic and shrill than what it was when the original released in 2001. Still, it is good that Sharma has toned down the jingoistic tone. Set ahead of the Bangladesh War, it talks of moving on from the hate-filled atmosphere of Partition. Instead of a particular religion, he comes down heavily on individuals who use religion as a tool to further their jaundiced political agenda. The problem is Sharma finds such people only across the border. Where is the representation of Ashraf Alis and Hamid Iqbals, the antagonist in the latest version, on this side of the divide?

The Film : 

Director: Anil Sharma

Cast: Sunny Deol, Ameesha Patel, Utkarsh Sharma, Manish Wadhwa

Run-time: 170 minutes

Storyline:

Decades after the events of ‘Gadar’, Tara Singh returns to Pakistan to bring his grown-up son, Jeete, home

This time the emotional ignition falls short as Tara returns to the neighbouring nation to get his son Jeete (Utkarsh Sharma) back. The idea is just to put Tara, the one-man army, back in Pakistan and let him and the audience go berserk. The route is contrived and the bulwark of sentiments is not strong enough to lift the action.

Having said that, few could match Sunny in depicting the intensity of a wounded soul. With honesty in his eyes and a hammer in his hands, he once again pulverises the opposition single-handedly. Wish Sharma had given him situations with more heft and humour to work with. Tara reprises the hand pump and ‘zindabad’ scenes but there is very little that is original and impactful in the sequel. The hand pump scene had a distinct rawness to it but here when Tara lifts the wheel with shlokas playing the background, we know where it is coming from. We know Sunny’s fight sequences have their own intrinsic logic but the climactic scene doesn’t pass even that test. It is simply lazy writing.

Manish Wadhwa impresses as the evil general whose hatred for Hindus and Hindustan emanates from a personal loss during the Partition but we miss the larger-than-life performance of Amrish Puri who matched Sunny in the snarling contest.

Utkarsh has got a lot of screen time to make his presence felt and provide the romantic tapestry to the action but for a large part, he remains just a satellite of Tara. Ameesha is made for melodrama and here again, she plays the teary-eyed wife and mother with conviction. The problem is she hasn’t added much to her creative arsenal since the original hit the screens. The result is as the film progresses, Sakeena becomes a one-note character who begs for empathy rather than earning it.

Anand Bakshi’s lyrics and Uttam Singh’s music were the lifeline of the original. Here Sayeed Quadri and Mithoon haven’t disappointed but still could not match the magic of ‘Udja Kale Kanwa’. ‘Chal Tere Ishq Main’ stands out and provides some padding to Utkarsh and newcomer Simrat Kaur to create a romantic bedrock for the action to take a leap but this prem katha could neither satisfy the bloodthirsty souls nor could it sing to the melody-minded. Tara twinkles somewhere in between.

Gadar 2 is currently running in Theatre across the country and around the world. 

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