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Veer-Zaara (2004)

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, more...
Director: Yash Chopra
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Studio: Vista India
Genre: Foreign, India, Bollywood

Synopsis
A star-crossed love affair has political as well as emotional repercussions in this Bollywood romantic drama. Veer Pratap Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) is an officer and pilot in the Indian Air Force who one day meets a beautiful Pakistani heiress, Zaara Hayaat Khan (Preity Zinta), as she travels to a small Indian village to scatter the ashes of one of her family's loyal servants. Veer has family in the village, and while most Indians show no affection for Pakistanis, his aunt and uncle are willing to take Zaara in for the night. It isn't long before Veer finds himself falling for her; however, Veer learns that Zaara is engaged to another man, Raza (Manoj Bajpai), a cruel and humorless Pakistani. A friend of Zaara contacts Veer and tells him that Zaara wants out of her engagement and has strong feelings for him, but when he comes to her rescue, matters take a turn for the worse and Veer winds up in jail. Twenty years later, Veer is still behind bars, and finds that his case is being given a new trial, but while he has a new chance at freedom, he discovers his lawyer will be going up against a state attorney who has never lost a case. Veer-Zaara was one of the first Indian blockbusters to open in India, the United States, and the United Kingdom at the same time. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Ratings

Veer-Zaara (2004)
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This was my first Bollywood Movie and I was impressed! by Tookie August 26, 2005 - 3:05 PM PDT
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Before viewing this movie, I had never been privy to a "Bollywood" film. I'm your typical "whiteboy" so this genre of film was quite new to me. The first things to take into account (for "whiteboys" like myself) are the length of the movie, bollywood films tend to run longer than american films (no worries though, there's an "intermission"), the other attribute is that this film as with most bollywood films I've learned, incorporate song into the film. Hence, they have more of a "show" feeling to them. It's kind of corny at times, because the actors don't actually do the singing. When the scene suddenly goes into song and the vocal voice is significantly different than the actor/actress's voice it's quite noticable, but that's how things are done and you just have to get used to it.

Overall, Veer Zaara was actually a quite wonderful film, the story is solid and heartfelt, the cinematography is wonderfully done, the acting is superb, and the songs are quite beautiful and catchy (I now have the soundtrack, and listen to it often). This for me, was a wonderful introduction into the genre, and I will seek out more similar movies to view, due to this particular film.

The hardest thing for me was getting past the cheese of the actors during the musical numbers. This is the american in me speaking when I say that I'd probably prefer the songs in the background during scenes, rather than the actors lip-synching to them, but I can definitely get used to that.

I guess in closing, if you are a die-hard fan of Bollywood, or a novice like me, you will enjoy this film. it's a great story, with wonderful actors, spectacular sets/locations, and the music sets the mood perfectly for each scene. I own it now, and that should at least be motive enough to see it when you have the chance.

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