The enchanting actress Ameesha Patel is currently basking in the glory of her blockbuster triumph with “Gadar 2.” Her reprisal of the beloved character Sakeena after 22 years has once again captivated audiences, with her chemistry alongside Sunny Deol emerging as a standout feature. The film’s recreated iconic songs have rekindled nostalgia, paralleling her earlier success with the original “Gadar” in 2001. In a recent revelation, Ameesha shared a fascinating incident from the aftermath of the first “Gadar,” involving the acclaimed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
In a candid conversation with Bollywood Hungama, the stunning actress delved into how her life transformed post the release of “Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai” and “Gadar.” She recounted a moment when Sanjay Leela Bhansali, known for directing cinematic gems like “Devdas” and “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,” offered her an unexpected piece of advice after witnessing the original “Gadar.”
Recalling the exchange, Ameesha shared, “After watching ‘Gadar,’ Sanjay Leela Bhansali penned a wonderfully complimentary letter to me. In a subsequent meeting, he told me, ‘Ameesha, you should retire now.’ Naturally, I was taken aback and asked ‘why?’ I couldn’t comprehend the reasoning.”
The actress proceeded to unveil the director’s perspective. “‘Because you have already achieved in two films what most people don’t achieve in their entire career,’ he explained. Sanjay Leela Bhansali likened it to those rare cinematic masterpieces like ‘Mughal-e-Azam,’ ‘Mother India,’ ‘Pakeezah,’ and ‘Sholay’ that grace the screen once in a lifetime. To have achieved such heights in your second film raises the question, ‘What next?'” Ameesha reflected.
At the time, Ameesha was a novice in the industry and didn’t fully grasp the significance of setting such a high bar. However, the realization dawned upon her later, as her subsequent films like “Humraaz,” “Bhool Bhulaiyaa,” and “Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd” faced the constant comparison to the monumental success of “Gadar.” This consistent juxtaposition, whether her films succeeded or not, ultimately worked against her.
Ameesha Patel’s recollection of this intriguing encounter sheds light on the nuanced challenges actors face in navigating their careers amidst unexpected success and its far-reaching implications.