Recalling the film’s most powerful handpump scene, Sharma said, “When I was writing the scene, I thought the entire building should be dropped on Amrish Puri but it was not practical. Then I added a hand pump to the scene. It was not just the dismantling of the handpump, it was an explosion of emotions. It was symbolic.
Everyone sitting in the theater applauded
Anil further said, ‘When people asked me how it was possible, I told them that Hanuman had brought the entire mountain when Laxman wanted Sanjivani in Ramayana. Tara Singh (Sunny Deol) may not be Hanuman but the hand pump can be uprooted. We believe the stories related to Hanuman because we are emotionally attached to him. In the film scene, we took creative liberty and everyone watching the film while sitting in the theater reciprocated with emotions and applauded. Many intellectuals could not understand this as they kept looking for logic only.
Many people did not agree with the scene
The director explains, ‘When the scene was written, many people did not agree with it. Most intellectuals think this is too far-fetched. I do not say that intellectuals are not emotional, they are also but they believe in logic. They believe that two and two make 4 but when it comes to emotions, two and two can become 5 and 10 also. There is no definition for emotions and that scene was an emotional outburst.
Because of this ‘Gadar’ became a hit
Anil Sharma admits that ‘Gadar’ was not a hit because it had an Indo-Pakistan angle, it was a hit because of the emotions involved. It was a love story. Let me tell you, apart from Sunny in the film, actors like Ameesha Patel and Amrish Puri were seen in important roles. The film was well liked by the audience.