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The story of the love between Veer Pratap Singh, an Indian, and Zaara Hayaat Khan, a Pakistani...a love so great it knows no boundaries...

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Zaara Hayaat Khan
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Saamiya Siddiqui
Kiron Kher ...
Mariam Hayaat Khan (as Kirron Kher)
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Shabbo
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Jahangir Hayaat Khan
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Zakir Ahmed
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Chaudhary Sumer Singh (Special Appearance)
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Maati (Special Appearance)
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Razaa Shirazi (Special Appearance) (as Manoj Bajpai)
Zohra Segal ...
Bebe (as Zohra Sehgal)
S.M. Zaheer
Tom Alter
Akhilendra Mishra ...
Jailor
Arun Bali
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Storyline

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 ... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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A Love Legend

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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12 November 2004 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Bир и Зара: История любви  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£484,993 (UK) (12 November 2004)

Gross:

$2,921,738 (USA) (14 January 2005)
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Trivia

The character of Saamiya Siddiqui is based on Pakistani human rights activist and well-known lawyer Asma Jehangir. See more »

Goofs

In the Qawwali scene when Veer comes back, we see Zaara and Shabbo turning around to see him. Then when the camera comes back on them, we can see Shabbo turning around again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: One early morning / Lifting the dark blanket of the night / From its pillow of mountain peak / The sun lifted its head / And saw... / The valley's heart is filled with the season of love / And the branches of memories have sprouted / Innumerable blossoms of moments past / That begin to scent the air. / Unspoken, unheard yearnings / Half asleep, half awake / Look out sleepily at life / As it flows in wave upon wave / Every moment new, but also the same / Yes, this life! / Which ...
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Crazy Credits

The end credits also show how Veer and Zaara spend their lives in Veer's home village, including Veer playing cricket with teenagers, discussing about progress of the village and erecting two statues of Chaudhary Sumer Singh and Maati. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Salaam-E-Ishq (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Hum To Bhai Jaise Hain
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Composed by Madan Mohan
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
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Bollywood Entertainment
2 April 2005 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

"Veer-Zaara" was shown as part of an international film series at my local public library. It is the first Bollywood musical I have ever seen, and as such, I lack the critical perspective necessary to make an informed judgement about it. However, I did rate "Veer-Zaara" seven out of ten, because I found it consistently entertaining, and often entirely delightful. I was never once bored - in spite of its three hour plus running time. In order to appreciate any form of musical drama, it's necessary to "surrender" to theatrical artifice, and seen in that light, "Veer-Zaara" is no more illogical or "unrealistic" than a classic Vincent Minnelli Musical or a "serious" Verdi opera. I was also very intrigued at the way that the plot of the film crossed several genres and combined a number of classic story-telling archetypes: "the star-crossed lovers," "the village pastorale," "the saga of family honor," "the courtroom drama," etc.

Watching this film I think I learned a lot about modern Indian culture. Although at times the sentimentality in "Veer-Zaara" is so gushing that it enters into the realm of camp, there is also much substance in the film which is entirely admirable and worthy of esteem: the honor paid to parents and elders, the independence and spirit shown by strong and intelligent women, the respect given to Law and Justice, and perhaps most importantly, the possibility of peace and reconciliation between two peoples and two nations who have been engaged in a long, bitter, and fruitless quarrel.


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