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Veer-Zaara (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Musical | 12 November 2004 (India)
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Veer-Zaara is a saga of love, separation, courage and sacrifice. A love story that is an inspiration and will remain a legend forever.

Director:

Yash Chopra

Writers:

Aditya Chopra (dialogue), Aditya Chopra (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Top Rated Indian Movies #174 | 27 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Veer Pratap Singh
Preity Zinta ... Zaara Hayaat Khan
Rani Mukerji ... Saamiya Siddiqui
Kirron Kher ... Mariam Hayaat Khan
Divya Dutta ... Shabbo
Boman Irani ... Jahangir Hayaat Khan
Anupam Kher ... Zakir Ahmed
Amitabh Bachchan ... Chaudhary Sumer Singh
Hema Malini ... Maati
Manoj Bajpayee ... Razaa Shirazi (as Manoj Bajpai)
Zohra Sehgal ... Bebe
S.M. Zaheer S.M. Zaheer
Tom Alter
Akhilendra Mishra ... Jailor
Arun Bali
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Storyline

Squadron Leader Veer Pratap Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) is a rescue pilot with the Indian Air Force. In the line of duty he comes across a stranded Zaara (Preity Zinta) - a girl from Pakistan who has come to India to fulfill her surrogate mothers dying wish. Veer saves her life and his life is never the same again. Twenty two years later Saamia Siddiqui (Rani Mukerji), a Pakistani human rights lawyer on her first case, finds herself face to face with an ageing Veer Pratap Singh. He has languished in a Pakistan jail cell for 22 years and has not spoken to anyone all these years. And no one knows why. Her mission is to discover the truth about Veer and see to it that justice is served. VEER-ZAARA is a saga of love, separation, courage and sacrifice. A love that is divine, a love that is whole-hearted, a love that is completely consuming, a love that grows with separation and deepens with sacrifice. A love that is an inspiration - and will remain a legend forever. Written by Official Source

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A Love Legend


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During the scene where Shahrukh Khan comes to meet Divya Dutta.She was suppose to get up From the bed and meet him.Twice she got up using force.The artificial wall which was behind her got cracks and pieces would fall down.The art team had to fix it every time and requested her not to apply force while getting up.While shooting the scene when Shahrukh Khan enters Divya Dutta didn't apply any force and got up with the wall came crumbling on her and she and Shahrukh Khan couldn't control their laughter.Yash Chopra then asked them to take a break for sometime and return to shoot.After 20 minutes Shahrukh Khan and Divya Dutta resumed the shoot when they actually stopped laughing. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The Blu-ray release of the movie now has the deleted song "Yeh Hum Agaye Hain Kahan" as per the director's vision. See more »

Connections

Featured in 50th Filmfare Awards (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Yahaan Hoon
Sung by Udit Narayan
Composed by Madan Mohan
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
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Humanity, respect and the power of love against time and circumstances
7 July 2009 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaara is a film about humanity, devotion, sacrifice, and the power of love. It is a visually stunning and emotionally touching picture about star-crossed lovers who meet once and are tied forever. Yash Chopra artistically combines realism with greatly unrestrained emotion and some overdone sentimentality. Although the love story itself, the separation and everything else is very typical, Chopra creates an entirely different film in the way it portrays the respect the lovers have for each other, the honour they pay to parents and elders, and their genuine willingness to sacrifice themselves for each other. It is a cross-border love story between an Indian and a Pakistani, yet their nationality is not what prevents them from being together. That's what really makes sense in this film. It flows very well through the stunning views of Indian and Pakistani fields and groves, and colourfully shows the bright sides of each country. The film does look a bit dated, but then it does not have a defined period of historical time, which makes it an all-time saga.

The film also addresses women's empowerment through Rani Mukherjee's role of a Pakistani lawyer who tries to overcome society. There are many surprising and touching moments in the film. The love story is portrayed grandiosely, with larger-than-life orchestral music of heavy violins and piano. The movie soundtrack is perhaps the most beautiful soundtrack in recent years, and the fact that it was actually composed many years ago contributes to the epic mood of the film. Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta are great choices for the film. They resuscitate their characters with restraint and dignity and have a credible chemistry despite not having much physical interaction. Khan is the main soul of the film and he is believable in everything his character goes through. Zinta is beautiful and compelling as the intelligent and headstrong Zaara, and looks great in traditional outfits. Rani Mukhejee makes a great impact with her relatively minor but pivotal role of the tenacious, level-headed Saammiya. She is natural and impressive and leaves the film as a winner.

Veer-Zaara, though a completely entertaining epic romance, is not the greatest film you'll see and it often goes over-the-top in its emotions. It is far from being flawless and has its share of loopholes where script is concerned. Having said that, it just doesn't matter here. This film is far ahead of anything it can be blamed for. It is about the main values a person should cherish in life: humanity, respect and love, and it conveys this message very well. It is one of those films which become classics instantly, and I recommend it to anyone, whoever and wherever he is.


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

12 November 2004 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Veer & Zaara See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$843,010, 14 November 2004

Gross USA:

$2,938,532

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,887,221
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Yash Raj Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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