192 Min | Drama – Musical – Romance | November 2004
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Director: Yash Chopra
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji
Veer-Zaara Review: 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. Veer-Zaara does look a bit dated, but then it does not have a defined period of historical time, which makes it an all-time saga.
Veer-Zaara 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 Veer-Zaara. 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.
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. Veer-Zaara 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.