Gadar 2 True Story: Everything about 'real-life' Tara Singh & Sakeena's love story inspired by ex-soldier Boota Singh

Gadar's famous character of Tara Singh is based on Boota Singh, who was an ex-soldier in the British Indian Army.

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Gadar 2 or Gadar: The Katha Continues is wreaking havoc on the Indian Box Office as Sunny Deol-Amisha Patel starrer movie has been raking in crores of rupees. Gadar 2 has indeed brought a storm by earning a domestic nett collection to Rs 263.48 crore in just 6 days of its release. Fans have been hailing Sunny Deol's character of Tara Singh and his persona on the big screens. Directed By Anil Sharma, Gadar 2 is the continuation of Gadar: Ek Prem Katha which was released in theaters in 2001. After a span of 22 years, the makers reprised the iconic jodi of Tara Singh played by Sunny Deol, and Sakeena played by Bollywood actress Amisha Patel. Talking about the characters, Sunny Deol plays the character of Tara Singh, Ameesha Patel as Sakeena "Sakku" Ali Singh, Tara Singh's wife, Utkarsh Sharma as Charanjeet "Jeete" Singh, Tara and Sakeena's son, Manish Wadhwa as Major General Hamid Iqbal, Gaurav Chopra as Lieutenant Colonel Devendra Rawat, Simrat Kaur as Muskaan, Charanjeet's love interest and more. While Gadar 2 is indeed a typical Bollywood entertainer, a unique fact has amazed the fans and it is related to Gadar 2 True Story. Interestingly, the iconic reel couple of Tara Singh and Sakeena is based on a real-life couple, Yes! you heard it right. Below is everything about real-life Tara Singh & Sakeen-

Real-life Tara Singh and Sakeena

As per reports, Gadar's famous character of Tara Singh is based on Boota Singh, who was an ex-soldier in the British Indian Army. Boota Singh reportedly rescued a Muslim girl named Zainab, during the partition in 1947, fell in love with her, and also got married. However, soon after their marriage, Zainab was deported to Pakistan, after which Boota Singh illegally went to Pakistan with their child but could not bring her back.

In contrast to the film's story, Zainab could not resist the pressure of her family and ended her marriage with Boota Singh.

Who was Boota Singh?

Boota Singh is also known as Shaheed-e-Muhabbat amongst his followers in Pakistan, Boota Singh's love story with a Muslim girl named Zainab ended tragically within the borders of Pakistan. He was a Sikh soldier who served on the Burma front under Lord Mountbatten during World War 2. Reports quote the essay "Shaheed-e-Mohabbat," written by Haroon Rashood narrates the love story of Boota and Zainab. As per Rashood, while attempting to cross the border, Zainab was abducted. During that time, Boota Singh heard her cries and upon seeing her, fell in love. He purchased her release for Rs 1,500, cared for her, and their mutual affection deepened, leading them to decide to marry. Boota and Zainab were then blessed with two daughters, Tanveer and Dilveer Kaur.

A decade later after India and Pakistan inked the Inter-dominion Territory agreement, aimed at repatriating women who had been left behind on both sides during the partition, Zainab was deported to the Islamic Nation. Notably, Zainab pleaded to the Indian Government that she wanted to stay back, however, she was deported. Therefore, Zainab left India taking her younger daughter Tanvir with her. Zainab's life in Pakistan turned ugly when she was pressured by her uncle to marry her cousin. Faced with this ordeal, she requested her neighbor to send a letter from Pakistan to Boota Singh, beseeching him to rescue her.

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In a bid to rescue his love, Boota converted to Islam and adopted the name Jamil Ahmed at Jama Masjid in New Delhi before entering Pakistan illegally. However, Zainab's family rejected Boota and turned him over to Pakistani authorities. Boota's attempts to legally pursue his case in a Lahore court also failed. As a result, Boota died by suicide. On February 16, 1958, Boota tragically jumped in front of a Shahdara train, witnessed by his five-year-old daughter.