If you have seen the 2001 action blockbuster- ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’, you can agree with the fact that the movie touched hearts all over the world.
Set against the backdrop of The Partition, the movie is a Hindu man’s journey to Pakistan in order to reunite with his wife is immensely emotional and breathtaking.
He fights against the odds and survives a happy ending as well, where every pain of the Partition is forgiven and forgotten. And while we applaud and appreciate what Director Anil Sharma did with the film, there is an important fact that none of us should forget.
‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’ wasn’t a fictitious saga of love, it was a real-life portrayal of what the Partition did to people on both the sides of the spectrum. The movie isn’t only a figment of the director’s imagination; it is a scrap of lost reality of two lovers: Boota Singh and Zainab Singh.
The story of Boota Singh’s life moved not only Sharma but even actor Sunny Deol to tears.
The Story of Boota Singh and Zainab Singh: Two Lovers Who Moved Two Nations to Tears!
These are the Partition days. India and Pakistan, two free countries, are the prisoners of communal hatred. Muslims are migrating to Pakistan.
Some get left behind. They are tortured, raped and killed. Zainab is also one of those who couldn’t board the train to Pakistan. Late in the night, on the station, she is harassed by Sikh guys. But the stars are in her favor. Boota Singh comes to her rescue. He purchases her from the Sikh madmen for 1500 rupees.
Later, in order to protect Zainab from others, he marries her. Fast forward 11 months, Boota and Zainab Singh are blessed with a daughter, named Tanveer.
However, fortune doesn’t accompany them for long. Boota Singh’s nephews report the authorities about Zainab’s whereabouts. Zainab is then forcefully snatched from Boota Singh and taken to a camp. And the search for her Pakistani family begins. As soon as the authorities locate her family, she is sent to Pakistan.
Boota Singh’s Journey to Pakistan is A Landmark in the History of Love!
Boota Singh converts to Islam and renames himself, Jamil Ahmed. He illegally enters Pakistan with their daughter. After many movies like drama, Boota Singh is brought to the court. His pleading about his love for Zainab moves the judge, and he agrees to allow Zainab in the court for being questioned by the lawyer.
When twice-married Zainab entered the court, she was asked by the jury to identify Boota Singh and her daughter. And she does. She identifies Boota Singh as her first husband and daughter.
However, when asked if she wishes to go back to India to her husband and child, she refused. After a long pause of hesitation, she utters ‘no’.
She utters ‘no’ even when she was asked if she would like to take up her daughter’s custody.
Broken-hearted, Boota Singh leaves the courtroom with his daughter. But, the story of Boota Singh is much more than a tragic separation. It is a saga of eternal love that dies at the hands of hatred and fear.
Boota Singh, with his daughter, reaches Shahdarah railway station. There, he tells his daughter that she would never see her mother again.
Then he walks with her to the edge of the station. As the train arrives at the station, Singh clasps his hands tightly around her daughter’s arms. Then comes the leap, the jump. All Singh and his daughter can see is the front of the train rushing towards them.
Boota Singh dies in the accident, but miraculously, his daughter survives it.
The story of Boota Singh’s tragic life has been an inspiration and subject behind major films, such as ‘Partition’ and ‘Gadar’.
Boota Singh’s Tragic Love Story Gets A Happy Twist!
Director Anil Sharma loved Singh’s story but decided to give it a happy ending. Let us all thank god then since if not in real life, two star-crossed lovers could unite on the big screen, and immortalize their love. Forever.