Veer-Zaara (2004)



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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.
Art House & International , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Shah Rukh Khan
as Veer Pratap Singh
Preity Zinta
as Zaara Hayaat Khan
Rani Mukerji
as Saamiya Siddiqui
Kiron Kher
as Mariam Hayaat Khan
Divya Dutta
as Shabbo
Boman Irani
as Jahangir Hayaat Khan
Anupam Kher
as Zakir Ahmed
Amitabh Bachchan
as Chaudhary Sumer Singh
Hema Malini
as Maati
Manoj Bajpai
as Razaa Shirazi
Tom Alter
as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Veer-Zaara

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Though it doesn't quite match recent classics like Kabhi khushi kabhie gham in sheer technique and production sheen, in-depth star casting and thorough entertainment values make this a must-see for Bollywatchers.

Full Review… | June 25, 2008
Top Critic

Go see and get swept away in this festal melange of colour, sights and sounds.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Veer-Zaara is so arresting, its scenes so full of beauty and colors, that the three hours go by almost too fast.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

For once, that thundering soap-opera music (which makes a Douglas Sirk movie score seem subtle) is welcome; it drowns out any embarrassing audience sniffles.

Full Review… | November 22, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Director Yash Chopra manages to fight several culture wars while milking the melodrama.

Full Review… | November 16, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

Veer Zaara has a great storyline with some unpredictable twists and emotions, keeping you engrossed throughout.

Full Review… | May 4, 2015

Audience Reviews for Veer-Zaara


3 hours of epic awesomeness... Veer-Zaara is a fun, tear-jerking, romantic musical with a powerful message of doing what is right and honorable, true love conquering all, the truth that sets you free, and the equality of all men and women no matter what race or religion. I enjoyed this tremendously. It was heart-pounding at times and so well-acted and directed.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

For a Bollywood movie, it really wasn't that bad . It's a pretty good love story, even if it is the same story of every other Indian romance, namely: "Oh no! I'm going to be married in an arranged marriage, but I'm in love with someone else!" The reason for its slightly lower score is the fact that it just goes way over the top with the teary melodrama, the preachy "India should love Pakistan and vice-versa" themes, and the heavy-handed "women are equal" themes.

Matt Roberts
Matt Roberts

This movie was cute and sad, I was surprised how much I really liked it.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

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