Recently, Anil Sharma's Gadar: Ek Prem Katha completed twenty years, and while speaking on a talk show, the director made some interesting revelations about the film. Well, it's known to all that actress Ameesha Patel who was a newcomer during the making of Gadar, was not the first choice for the film. After auditioning more than forty actresses, she was selected by the makers.
However, at that time, rumours also suggested that just like Ameesha, Sunny Deol was also not the first choice for the film. In a recent interaction with RJ Siddharth Kannan, when Anil Sharma was asked if Govinda was the first choice for the film, he said that the Coolie No. 1 actor was never in his mind for Gadar.
He said, "This is an outright lie. People talk. The truth of the matter is that I was working with Govinda on Maharaja. During Maharaja I told him the story of Gadar. He perhaps misunderstood that I wanted to cast him in the film, and that's how the rumours originated."
He further added that he would work with Govinda in a heartbeat, on not one but 10 films, but he never wanted to do Gadar with him.
"Sunny Deol was the first and last choice for the central role. And as far as the heroines are concerned, I had approached several big actresses of the time; Neelam was definitely not one of them. They had all some problem or the other. Some didn't like the story, others didn't like us. Some had their own personal agendas, some didn't want to do period films," said Anil Sharma.
He concluded by saying that with her acting chops, Ameesha proved that she was the apt choice for Gadar.