Veer-Zaara (2004)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zaara Hayaat Khan
Saamiya Siddiqui
Kiron Kher ...
Mariam Hayaat Khan (as Kirron Kher)
Jahangir Hayaat Khan
Zakir Ahmed
Chaudhary Sumer Singh (Special Appearance)
Maati (Special Appearance)
Razaa Shirazi (Special Appearance) (as Manoj Bajpai)
Zohra Segal ...
Bebe (as Zohra Sehgal)
S.M. Zaheer
Tom Alter
Akhilendra Mishra ...
Arun Bali


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

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A Love Legend


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Release Date:

12 November 2004 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Bир и Зара: История любви  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£484,993 (UK) (12 November 2004)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Yash Chopra's fourth directorial venture to star Shahrukh Khan in the lead. See more »


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 »


[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 »


Referenced in ER: Status Quo (2008) See more »


Tere Liye
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Roop Kumar Rathod
Composed by Madan Mohan
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
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Thank you Mr Chopra
23 November 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I am one of those fussy people who watches selected films. Most films bore me because either they are a re-make (old Indian or American)or the story just does not grab me. I went to see this film after a very long time at the cinema and within the first five minutes, I told me husband what I thought the story would be and I was so shocked to find that the films story was not what I had predicted. I also hate films were the lovers have to die in the end (as they did in "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak), because I truly believe that true love can conquer all.

Yash Chopra has, as always, delivered an all-round entertainer. The songs were mesmerising; Madan Mohans' tunes were beautiful, Lata Mangeshkars voice was 'an out of this world' experience, Javed Akhtars' lyrics and Aditya Chopras' poem meant so much to those who understand them.

Photography was enchanting; such films make people like me who love India, love it even more.

The acting was par excellence, Shahrukh Khan did not disappoint at all, Preity Zinta was the essence of beauty and innocence and Rani was good as well.

I would just like to say thank you to Mr Chopra for a wonderful experience.

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