Anil Sharma’s Gadar 2 has generated immense anticipation among audiences as one of the most highly anticipated upcoming Bollywood movies of 2023. With Sunny Deol, Ameesha Patel, and Utkarsh Sharma leading the cast, this movie serves as the sequel to the monumental blockbuster Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001). The recent positive response to the re-release of Gadar since last Friday further validates the excitement surrounding Gadar 2.
Offering a glimpse into the film, the teaser unveils the intriguing concept of the ‘Crush India Movement’ that took place in Pakistan in 1971. This concept has piqued curiosity and now many netizens are wondering – What is Crush India Movement?
For the unversed, the ‘Crush India Movement’ emerged against the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, which ultimately resulted in India’s victory and the birth of Bangladesh, formerly known as East Pakistan. The ‘Crush India Movement’ was a propaganda campaign that gained momentum in Pakistan towards the end of September 1971. Despite warnings, thousands of people, led by conservative Pakistani politicians, took to the streets in Lahore and across Pakistan in November 1971, demanding that Pakistan “crush India.”
It involved the widespread use of stickers endorsing the slogan “Crush India” on the rear windows of vehicles in cities like Rawalpindi, Islamabad, and Lahore, which later spread to other parts of West Pakistan. The main slogan of this procession was ‘Crush India.’ Banners and placards bearing the words ‘Crush India’ were prominently displayed, while pamphlets with the same message were distributed and plastered on walls and vehicles. Gradually, the movement spread to other regions of Pakistan as well. India responded to this movement by significantly increasing its military presence along the western borders. What happened next is history. India won the Indo-Pak war leading to the birth of Bangladesh.
The teaser of Gadar 2 shines a spotlight on this historical incident, leaving viewers intrigued about how Sunny Deol’s iconic character, Tara Singh, would navigate such a situation as he finds himself in the midst of the action.