Gadar 2, starring Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel, is scheduled to premiere on August 11. The movie, which also stars Utkarsh Sharma and is directed by Anil Sharma, will have a major Bollywood clash with the upcoming drama movie OMG 2 starring Akshay Kumar. Currently, indications indicate a significant disparity in the payments paid to the Gadar 2 lead pair.
ABP said that Sunny Deol demanded a staggering Rs 20 crore for the movie, but Ameesha Patel received only Rs 50 lakh. According to a story in Jagran, Utkarsh Sharma, who plays their son, received a salary of Rs 1 crore. In contrast, Manish Wadhwa was paid Rs. 60 lakh, while Gaurav Chopra received Rs. 25 lakh.
Earlier, in an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Ameesha spoke about the pay parity in the film industry and even justified it. She said, “Pay parity doesn’t exist in Bollywood and it never will. It doesn’t even exist in Hollywood also. To be very honest, a film does ride on a hero’s shoulders. Why are we running away from that? I can say I want the same pay as my male co-star, but the truth is, the film is selling because of the hero, so he deserves it.”
She added, “I will never say I want the same pay as Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Sunny Deol, or Akshay Kumar. The audience is coming for them. Yes, we do add a considerable amount in a significant role if we deliver but how many female-oriented films have done those kinds of box office numbers that even a solo hero film can do? So, why should we fool ourselves?”
Back in 2001, the epic story of Tara and Sakeena in Gadar: Ek Prem Katha set numerous records for patriotism, love, and sacrifice. The second installment of the movie is now being prepared by the creators to delight viewers. In Gadar 2, Tara Singh travels all the way to Pakistan to save his son Charan Jeet Singh from the Pakistani Army. The film is set in the turbulent ‘Crush India Movement’ of 1971.