Girish Johar: “Two decades of the iconic Gadar and Lagaan … I still remember the fight amongst cinemas to decide which one it screen. One of the first rare cinema’s feats, at that point of time, where actually both the films did wonders at the box office. Surely, in terms of pure numbers, it was Gadar which created havoc at the boxoffice . I clearly remember early-morning shows in certain cinemas across the country. In fact, at that point of time, boxoffice numbers were neither being recorded nor shared. But, I am personally very much confident that Gadar was our first domestic 100-cr film. It is still loved and has achieved iconic status. Sunny Deol, Amisha Patel and Amrish Puri gave towering performances. Directed by Anil Sharma and produced by Nittin Keni and each scene received so much of applause from the audiences. Sheer Magic of Indian Cinema.On the other hand, Lagaan, was roughly a 4-hr long film and people were a little apprehensive due to the excessive length. But once Lagaan gathered tractionand it got a tremendous word of mouth,it was loved by every one. Ashutosh Gowariker’s direction and the cast lead by Aamir Khan truly did wonders. Well, it did super-hit business and has now become one of the landmark films of Indian Cinema.Surely… both these films are golden feathers in Indian Cinema’s cap and have made their mark forever.”

Atul Mohan: “Both the films were huge hits. Gadar made more money at the BO. Talking about impact, both films have their own importance in Indian cinema, box office, trade and audience. One film (Gadar) registers one of the highest footfalls at the BO and other (Lagaan) makes it to the final 5 of Academy Awards (Oscars).Do we need to say more on the importance each film holds?”

Akshaye Rathi:
“Back then, Gadar was the bigger money spinner at the box office. Both the films, in my opinion are iconic in their own different ways. While Lagaan made a splash at the Academy awards and made India proud, Gadar cemented its position as one of the most viewed Hindi films in a very long time. Comparing these two films and rating any one over the other would do injustice to the other, because both of them are immortal in the pages of Indian cinema’s history.”